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North Dakota CLE Requirements

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

North Dakota CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

45 credits every 3 years


42 General

3 Ethics

CLE Compliance deadline

COVID-19 Update: The compliance deadline has been extended to September 1 for Group 3.

June 30

CLE Reporting deadline

COVID-19 Update: The reporting deadline has been extended to October 1 for Group 3.

July 31

Approved Quimbee formats

COVID-19 Update: Attorneys in Reporting Group 3 may complete some or all of the requirements through self-study courses.

On-demand (considered self-study, limit 15)


15 general credits

CLE reporting instructionsNorth Dakota is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Quimbee on-demand courses are considered self-study credit and you may earn up to 15 self-study credits each reporting cycle. 

COVID-19 Update: attorneys in reporting group 3, who report in 2020, may earn all of the required 45 credits through self-study credit. Please retain this certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

North Dakota CLE Requirements

North Dakota attorneys are required to complete 45 credits every 3 years, including 3 ethics credits.

COVID-19 Update: Attorneys in Reporting Group 3 may complete some or all of the requirements through self-study courses.

North Dakota attorneys can complete up to 15 credits through Quimbee’s on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, live CLE courses.
  • Teach an approved CLE course.
  • Attend arbitration/mediation training.
  • Complete Bar Review courses.
  • Teaching law school courses at an ABA-approved law school.
  • Attend graduate-level courses.
  • Publish law review and other legal publications.
  • Perform pro bono work.
  • Participate in the State Bar Association of North Dakota Mentorship Program.

COVID-19 Update: The 2020 compliance deadline has been extended to September 1 for Group 3.

North Dakota attorneys must complete their CLE requirement by June 30 of the last year of their 3-year reporting cycle.

Yes, up to 15 general credits may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted attorneys may carry over credits completed after August 1 of the year of their admission.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

North Dakota attorneys must certify their compliance with the CLE requirement by July 31 of the last year of their reporting period.

North Dakota attorneys should log into their profile and report completion of self-study credits. Attorneys must also certify completion of the requirement on the Report of Compliance and return it to the North Dakota Commission on CLE by July 31 of their reporting year.


North Dakota CLE Commission 

PO Box 2136 

Bismark, ND 58502 


Newest North Dakota 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.