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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


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



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.


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

Newest North Carolina courses

Introduction to Trademark Law - An Overview from the PTO’s Pet Peeves in Applying for a Trademark to Proving Infringement in Federal Court

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 4m 36s
Young and old attorneys can always learn something about Trademark Law. In this introduction to Trademarks, attorneys learn the basics of Trademark Law from prosecution of a Trademark to obtain one through litigation when a Trademark is infringed. The presentation is broken down into three sections. First, the results of an interview with a Trademark Examiner from the United States Patent and Trademark Office about her prosecution pet peeves is addressed. Second, the basics of Trademarks is presented. Third, a sample case on Trademark infringement is thoroughly analyzed and discussed.

What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

by Michael Riela
On demand
1h 1m 13s
Attorneys in firms of all sizes – from solo practitioners to lawyers are multinational Big Law firms - face a number of ethical issues relating to cybersecurity, and preserving the confidentiality and security of their clients’ data. Contrary to what some lawyers may believe, law firms are often a valuable target for hackers because they can hold vast collections of sensitive and highly valuable client-related data. These cybersecurity threats come from individual hackers, international cybercriminals, and even a firm’s own attorneys and other employees. This program provides a basic primer on attorneys’ ethical obligations to understand and address the cybersecurity risks they face, and provides practical advice for attorneys in addressing issues that arise will undoubtedly arise in their legal practice.

Bankruptcy 101

by Michael Riela
On demand
1h 4m 17s
This program provides a basic overview of business bankruptcy, from both the troubled business’s perspective and the creditors’ perspective. We will discuss common reasons why businesses file bankruptcy, and the objectives that businesses seek to achieve through bankruptcy. We will also discuss the basic “nuts and bolts” of bankruptcy, including the automatic stay, the treatment of executory contracts and unexpired leases, Chapter 11 plan confirmation requirements, and preference and fraudulent transfer actions.

An Introduction to Legal Malpractice Claims and Related Ethical Issues

by Jeffrey Cunningham
On demand
1h 0m 32s
The two greatest sources of professional risk to attorneys come from overlapping sources – ethical obligations and legal duties to clients. Using real world examples, this course explores a national survey of claims against lawyers based on attorney malpractice and professional misconduct. Common ethical considerations and the relationship between professional responsibility and malpractice exposure will be explored along with growing cyber risks to attorneys. Related causes of action, common defenses and jurisdictional considerations will be reviewed as well as risk management techniques and best practices to mitigate such claims.