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North Carolina CLE Requirements

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

North Carolina CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

12 credits every year


9 General CLE

2 Ethics CLE

1 Technology CLE

1 Substance abuse CLE (1 every 3 years)

CLE Compliance deadline

December 31

CLE Reporting deadline

February 28

Approved Quimbee formats



12 credits

CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee reports the previous week's attendance to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education each Wednesday. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

North Carolina CLE Requirements

North Carolina attorneys must complete 12 credits, including 2 professional responsibility credits and 1 technology credit, each year. They must complete 1 substance abuse CLE credit every 3 years.

Attorneys can complete all 12 credits through Quimbee’s on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, live CLE courses.
  • Teach an approved CLE course.
  • Attend courses offered by an ABA-accredited law school.

North Carolina attorneys must complete their CLE requirement by December 31.

Yes, up to 12 credits may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted North Carolina attorneys must complete the 12-hour Professionalism for New Attorneys program. To receive credit for the program, they must also complete a written evaluation provided by the sponsor. The program consists of 12 hours of training in subjects designated by the North Carolina State Bar, including professional responsibility, professionalism, and law-office management.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Quimbee reports the previous week’s attendance to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education each Wednesday.

In January each year, North Carolina attorneys will receive an annual report form showing all CLE credits for the preceding reporting cycle. This form must be signed and returned to the CLE department by February 28.


North Carolina Bar 
P.O. Box 26148 
Raleigh, NC 27611 
[email protected]