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New York CLE Requirements

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

New York CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

24 credits every 2 years

Categories

Experienced attorneys:

4 Ethics

1 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

19 Areas of professional practice, law practice management or skills


Newly admitted attorneys:

COVID-19 Update: Newly admitted attorneys may complete skills credit by webconference, teleconference, and videoconference. They may also complete skills credit by self-study (on-demand) or group participation. 

3 Ethics

6 Skills

7 Areas of professional practice or law practice management

CLE Compliance deadline

Attorney’s birthday in alternate years

CLE Reporting deadline

30 days after the attorney's birthday in alternate years

Approved Quimbee formats

All on-demand courses for experienced attorneys.


Law practice management or areas of professional practice on-demand courses for newly admitted attorneys.

Carryover

Experienced attorneys - 6 credits, including ethics credit


Newly admitted attorneys - 8 credits, no ethics

CLE reporting instructions

New York is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the New York CLE Board. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance for at least 4 years. Please see the reverse side of your certificate for additional reporting information.

New York CLE Requirements

Experienced New York-licensed attorneys(admitted more than two years) are required to complete 24 credits, including 4 ethics credits and 1 diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias credit every two years.

Newly admitted New York-licensed attorneys (admitted two years or less) are required to complete 32 hours of transitional credits during the first two years of admission. During each year, they must complete 3 ethics credits, 6 skills credits, and 7 law practice management or areas of professional practice credits.

All of Quimbee’s on-demand courses can fulfill the New York CLE requirement for experienced New York attorneys through New York's approved jurisdiction policy. Quimbee’s New York bundle provides all 24 required credits, including 4 ethics credits and 1 diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias credit.

Newly admitted attorneys can complete courses in law practice management or areas of professional practice credit.

  • Experienced attorneys
    • Attend approved CLE courses, in-person or delivered via live or recorded technology.
    • Teach an accredited CLE program. Attorneys can earn 3 credits for every 50 minutes of teaching.
    • Moderate or participate in a panel at an accredited CLE program. Attorneys can earn 3 credits for every 50 minutes of panel participation and 1 credit for every 50 minutes moderating a panel.
    • Teach law courses at an ABA-accredited law school.
    • Prepare students for and judging law competitions, mock trials and moot court arguments, including those at the high school or college level. Attorneys can earn 1 credit for every 50 minutes of participation. Attorneys may earn no more than 3 credits for participation in a high school competition and no more than 6 credits for a law school competition.
    • Publish legal writing. Attorneys can earn 1 credit for every 50 minutes of research and writing published legal written materials. Attorneys can earn a maximum of 12 publication credits per cycle.
    • Provide pro bono legal services. Attorneys can earn 1 credit for every 120 minutes of pro bono services. Attorneys can earn a maximum of 10 pro bono credits per reporting cycle.
  • Newly admitted attorneys
    • Attend approved CLE courses, in-person or delivered via live or recorded technology, making sure the format is appropriate for the category.
    • Providing pro bono legal services. Newly admitted attorneys may earn pro bono credits that are carried over to the next reporting cycle.

Experienced New York attorneys must complete their CLE requirement within 30 days after their birthday on alternate years.

Newly admitted attorneys must file their registration form within 30 days after their birthday in the second calendar year following their admission to the New York Bar.

Yes, experienced attorneys may carry up to 6 credits, in any category, to the next reporting cycle. 

Newly admitted attorneys may carry up to 8 credits, excluding ethics, to their first reporting period as an experienced attorney.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

COVID-19 Update: Newly admitted attorneys may complete skills credit by webconference, teleconference, and videoconference. They may also complete skills credit by self-study (on-demand) or group participation. 

Newly admitted attorneys must file their registration form within 30 days after their birthday in the second calendar year following their admission to the New York Bar.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

New York attorneys must complete their CLE requirement and certify their compliance on their attorney registration form within 30 days after their birthday on alternate years.

New York attorneys must certify compliance on their attorney registration form.

Resources

Newest New York courses

Stress, Competence, and the Seven Elements of Self

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 43s
Stress can cause serious harm to one’s health, or even death. Approximately 120,000 people die every year as a direct result of work-related stress, and over 75% of physician visits pertain to stress-related issues. Over the years, stress has been normalized in the legal ecosystem, with success and achievement outweighing balance and wellbeing. Chronic stress can have a dangerous impact on attorney wellbeing and competence to practice law, but there’s a movement within the profession to change all that. In this presentation, we’ll take a humorous look at stress and burnout in the context of attorney competence and explore the concept of attorney wellbeing. We’ll then use a self-mastery framework called the “Elements of Self” to explore individual techniques and practices for reducing stress, achieving wellbeing, and maintaining competence.

A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 0m 37s
All police must comply with the U.S. Constitution. When they don’t, the harm police cause is unjustified, and its impact can be far reaching. In this presentation, we introduce you to the major issues that arise in representing people harmed by police during an “arrest, investigatory stop, or other seizure.” We will take a practical look at the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable seizures, and the primary vehicle for addressing excessive police force—42 U.S.C. § 1983. In doing so, we will explore Fourth Amendment excessive force caselaw, including the doctrine of qualified immunity, and touch on the hot topic of police bodycams.

Ethics. Writing. Tacos.

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 48s
Legal writing is perhaps the most important tool of the legal profession. Nonetheless, attorneys regularly violate ethical duties in their writing, and those violations go undetected. Systemic unethical legal writing impacts the entire legal profession, as well as those we serve and the community in which we practice. In this presentation, we examine seven common ethical issues in legal research, writing, and advocacy in the context of litigation. We examine the ethical duties of competence, diligence, and candor as embodied in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. And how do tacos factor in? Well, you’ll just have to see—it just might guac your world!

Fighting BAC: Defending Breath Test Prosecutions

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 12s
Over the past several years, there has been a trend toward scrutinizing DWI breath test technology. In a 2019 investigative study, the New York Times discovered what DWI attorneys have known for a long time: that breath tests are “often unreliable.” In this presentation, we will explore some foundational issues in defending a “breath test” prosecution. Core concepts will include Henry’s Law, Beer’s law, and the variable of temperature. This presentation isn’t meant to make you an expert in the area, but it will introduce you to some core issues involved in beating bad breath.