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Ohio CLE Requirements

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

Ohio CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

24 credits every two years

Categories

2.5 Professional conduct

21.5 General

CLE Compliance deadline

December 31

CLE Reporting deadline

January 31

Approved Quimbee formats

COVID-19 Update: Attorneys reporting on December 31, 2021 may complete all 24 credits though self-study.


On-demand (self-study, limit 12)

Carryover

12 live, general credits

CLE reporting instructions

Quimbee will report your attendance to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on CLE. We electronically report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday through the Ohio Supreme Court website. Quimbee on-demand courses are considered self-study credit and you may earn up to 12 self-study credits per cycle. Please retain this certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

COVID-19 Update: The Ohio Supreme Court has waived the self-study cap for attorneys reporting on December 31, 2021.

Ohio CLE Requirements

Ohio attorneys must complete 24 credits every 2 years, including 2.5 professional conduct credits.

COVID-19 Update: Attorneys reporting on December 31, 2021 may complete all 24 credits though self-study.


Ohio attorneys can complete up to 12 credits through Quimbee’s on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, live courses, including live interactive webinars.
  • Teach an approved CLE course.
  • Attend law school courses at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Teach a law school course at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Publish legal writing.Perform pro bono services.

Ohio attorneys must complete their CLE requirement by December 31 of their reporting year.

Yes, up to 12 general credits from live courses may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Ohio attorneys are required to complete 12 credits of New Lawyers Training instruction during their first biennial reporting period. Three of the 12 credits must include 1 credit each in professionalism, law-office management, and client-fund management. Attorneys may meet their new lawyers training requirements by taking individual courses of their choosing.


Newly admitted Ohio attorneys may also fulfill some of their new lawyers training requirements by participating in the Ohio Supreme Court’s Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, which is administered by the Commission on Professionalism.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Ohio attorneys must review and correct their transcripts by January 31 of the year following their reporting deadline.

Quimbee reports the previous week’s attendance to the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education each Wednesday.

Resources

Commission on CLE 
30 E. Broad Street, 35th Fl. 
Columbus, OH 43266-0419 
614-387-9320 
[email protected] 

Newest Ohio 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.