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Pennsylvania CLE Requirements

Whether you're an experienced Pennsylvania attorney or newly admitted, 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 CLE
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 reports the previous week's attendance to the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board each Wednesday. Please retain this certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Pennsylvania CLE Requirements

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete 12 credits, including 2 ethics CLE 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