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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


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)


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.


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

Newest Ohio courses

Attorney Professionalism: There’s More to it Than Just Making a Lot of Money and Having a Lot of Clients

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 1m 39s
An attorney is a professional; and being a good and respected attorney means more than just making lots of money and having lots of clients. It means displaying, encouraging, and garnering reciprocal professionalism. In this introduction to legal professionalism, we cover some of the major temptations, quandaries, and slip ups that attorneys can handle properly if they adhere to a high standard of professionalism. We also review a sample state’s creed on professionalism, as well as a recent ethics - related case before ending with a summary of suggested best practices for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and avoiding the scrutiny of the local bar’s ethics board.

Cannabis Conundrum: Weeding Among the Hazy Legal Ethics Lines

by Jan L. Jacobowitz
On demand
1h 3m 06s
The entrepreneurial cannabis industry requires legal assistance like any other growing, innovative business sector. However, the cannabis industry does not necessarily resemble other evolving start-up business areas. Unlike most other industries, cannabis continues to be a federally designated illegal controlled substance, while various states have legalized cannabis and planted a patchwork garden of cannabis statutes, regulations, and ethics advisory opinions. What’s a lawyer to do? Legal ethics questions abound! What type of legal assistance may a lawyer provide to a client involved in the cannabis industry? May a lawyer accept product or an interest in a cannabis business in lieu of fees? Will a lawyer who participates in a medical marijuana program or indulges in recreational cannabis face ethical repercussions? This course will explore the historical context of the cannabis debate, the legal ethics implications for lawyers seeking to represent cannabis clients, and the current state of the legal profession’s response to legal ethics questions posed by lawyers traipsing through the patchwork garden of state regulations.

Humanizing the Defendant Through Criminal Mitigation Evaluations: Rethinking Presentence Strategies as a Strategic Tool for Criminal Defense Lawyers

by Mark Silver
On demand
1h 2m 12s
This course provides an advanced overview of criminal mitigation as a key strategic tool for criminal defense lawyers, and reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. Mr. Silver discusses how the use of psycho-social analysis, which can also impact the factual analysis of the case, can provide a more positive and informed narrative of a client and increase their chances of success in the courtroom. Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Introduction to Copyright Law: The Charles Dickens of Law

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 0m 14s
Copyright Law can be the Charles Dickens of the law. It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. It truly is A Tale of Two Scenarios. If the attorney handling the copyright matter for the client is well prepared, does the initial research, and understands the general principles, it will be the best of times—going from initial application through final issuance and, possibly, victory at trial. If the attorney handling the copyright matter is unprepared, does not conduct sufficient research ahead of time, or does not understand the general principles of copyright law, then it will be the worst of times. The initial application may result in rejection from the U.S. Copyright Office, or the attorney could find himself embroiled in protracted and, ultimately, unsuccessful copyright-infringement litigation. In this introduction to Copyright Law, we cover the basics from application through litigation in an effort to ensure the attorney practices Copyright Law in the best of times.