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North Carolina CLE Requirements

Whether you're an experienced North Carolina attorney or a North Carolina newly admitted attorney, 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

Categories

9 General

2 Professional responsibility

1 Technology

1 Substance abuse (1 every 3 years)

CLE Compliance deadline

December 31

CLE Reporting deadline

February 28

Approved Quimbee formats

On-demand

Carryover

12 credits

CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee will report your attendance to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education. We mail the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday directly to the North Carolina State Bar. 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 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.

Resources

North Carolina Bar 
P.O. Box 26148 
Raleigh, NC 27611 
919-733-0123 
919-821-9168 
[email protected]

Newest North Carolina 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.