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New Mexico CLE Requirements

Whether you're an experienced New Mexico attorney or a New Mexico newly admitted attorney, here's what you need to know about New Mexico’s mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements.

New Mexico CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement12 credits every year
Categories10 General 
2 Ethics and professionalism
CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineJanuary 31
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Carryover12 credits
CLE reporting instructionsProviders report attendance to the State Bar of New Mexico.

New Mexico CLE Requirements

New Mexico attorneys are required to complete 12 credits, including 2 ethics and professionalism credits, each year.
Quimbee CLE courses for New Mexico attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email.
  • Attend approved live courses. 
  • Teach an approved course. 
  • Attend the Board of Bar Examiners Course entitled “Introduction to the Practice of Law in New Mexico (Reciprocity).” 
  • Mentor in the Bridge-the-Gap Program Author or co-author written material that is published in a legal periodical, journal, book or treatise approved by the board.
New Mexico attorneys must complete their CLE requirement by December 31.
Yes, New Mexico attorneys may carry over up to 12 credits to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted New Mexico attorneys who have practiced less than two years in another jurisdiction are required to complete the Bridge the Gap (BTG) Mentorship program in their first full year of practice. Through BTG new attorneys receive MCLE credits required for their first year of practice.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Providers report attendance to the State Bar of New Mexico. New Mexico attorneys must ensure that all completed CLE credits for the previous reporting cycle have been reported to the State Bar of New Mexico by January 31.
New Mexico attorneys can check their MCLE transcripts at any time by logging into their attorney profile.


State Bar of New Mexico 
5121 Masthead St NE 
Albuquerque, NM 87199 

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