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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. 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