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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

Stress, Competence, and the Seven Elements of Self

by Jason Potter
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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
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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
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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!

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by Jason Potter
On demand
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