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Oregon CLE Requirements

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

Oregon CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement45 credits every 3 years
Categories38 General 
5 Ethics 
1 Child and elder abuse reporting 
1 Mental health and substance use education 
3 Access to justice (alternate reporting periods)
CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineJanuary 31
Approved Quimbee formatsQuimbee CLE courses for Oregon attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email.
Carryover15 credits (limit 6 ethics credits)
CLE reporting instructionsProviders report attendance to the Oregon State Bar.

Oregon CLE Requirements

Oregon attorneys must complete 45 credits, including 5 ethics credits, 1 child and elder abuse reporting credit, and 1 mental health and substance abuse credit. In addition, Oregon attorneys must complete 3 Access to justice credits every other reporting period.
Quimbee CLE courses for Oregon attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email.
Oregon attorneys can complete credits in the following 3 categories: 
  • Category 1 (attorneys can complete unlimited credits) 
    • Attend live, group CLE courses. 
    • Attend law school or graduate-level courses at accredited universities. 
    • Participate as a mentor or a mentee in the OSB New Lawyer Mentoring Program. 
    • Serve in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. 
  • Category 2 (attorneys can complete 20 credits in 3 years) 
    • Teach an approved CLE course or law school course. 
    • Publish legal research and writing. Serve as a volunteer in Oregon’s legal ethics/disciplinary system. 
    • Serve on an Oregon State Bar jury instructions or court rules committee. 
    • Serve as a pro tem judge. 
  • Category 3 (attorneys can complete 6 credits in 3 years) 
    • Perform personal management assistance activities. 
    • Volunteer for legal-service activities. 
    • Complete courses on business/marketing. 
    • Judge moot court. 
    • Perform pro bono work.
Oregon attorneys must complete their requirement by December 31 of their reporting year.
Yes, up to 15 credits, including 6 ethics credits, may be carried over to the following reporting cycle. Excess ethics credits, child and elder abuse reporting credits, and access to justice credits may be carried over as general credits.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Oregon attorneys must complete 15 credits in the first reporting period after admission, including 2 ethics credits, 1 mental health and substance abuse credit, and 9 practical skills credits. One of the ethics credits must be devoted to Oregon ethics and professionalism, and 4 of the 9 credits in practical skills must be devoted to Oregon practice and procedure. Newly admitted Oregon attorneys must also complete a 3-credit hour OSB-approved introductory course in access to justice.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Providers report attendance to the Oregon State Bar. Oregon attorneys can check the MCLE Reporting tab on their Member Dashboard for up-to-date information on the number and types of credit needed.
Providers report attendance to the Oregon State Bar. Oregon attorneys can check the MCLE Reporting tab on their Member Dashboard for up-to-date information on the number and types of credit needed.

Resources

Oregon State Bar 
5200 SW Meadows Road Lake 
Oswego, OR 97035 
503-431-6413 

Newest Oregon 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.