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Pennsylvania CLE Requirements

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

Pennsylvania CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement12 credits every year
Categories10 General 
2 Ethics
CLE Compliance deadlineCompliance deadlines are staggered. 

Group 1 - May 1 through April 30 
Group 2 - September 1 through August 31 
Group 3 - January 1 through December 31
CLE Reporting deadlineThe Pennsylvania CLE Board will send a final compliance notice to each attorney. Disputes to this notice must be received within 30 days.
Approved Quimbee formatsCOVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has lifted the limit on on-demand courses for 2021 deadlines.

On-demand (6 credits)
Carryover24 live, in-person credits
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee will report your attendance to the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education. We electronically report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificate from our website at any time.

Pennsylvania CLE Requirements

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete 12 credits, including 2 ethics credits, each year.
COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has lifted the limit on on-demand courses for 2021 deadlines.

Attorneys may complete up to 6 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.
  • Attend approved, live CLE courses. 
  • Teach at an approved CLE course. 
  • Attend a law school class at a law school that is an approved CLE provider.

Pennsylvania attorneys CLE compliance deadlines are staggered.

  • Group 1 - May 1 through April 30
  • Group 2 - September 1 through August 31
  • Group 3 - January 1 through December 31
Yes, up to 24 hours, including ethics credits, may be carried over to the next 2 reporting cycles.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Pennsylvania attorneys are exempt from the CLE requirement for 12 months, but no more than 24 months, from the date of their Pennsylvania admission, depending upon the compliance group to which the newly admitted lawyer is assigned and the compliance period for that group. Newly admitted attorneys must complete their CLE requirement, including the Bridge the Gap program, by the end of their next succeeding compliance period.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Providers report attendance to the Pennsylvania CLE Board. The Pennsylvania CLE Board will send a final compliance notice to each attorney. Disputes to this notice must be received within 30 days.
Quimbee reports attendance for the previous week to the Pennsylvania CLE Board each Wednesday.

Resources

PA CLE Board 
Pennsylvania Judicial Center 
601 Commonwealth Ave, Suite 3400  
PO Box 62495 
Harrisburg, PA 17106 
800-497-2253 

Newest Pennsylvania 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.