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Rhode Island CLE Requirements

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

Rhode Island CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement10 credits every year
Categories8 General 
2 Ethics
CLE Compliance deadlineCOVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has suspended the CLE requirement for 2021. Credits that have been earned between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021 will be applied to the 2022 MCLE reporting year.  

June 30
CLE Reporting deadlineCOVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has suspended the CLE requirement for 2021. Credits that have been earned between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021 will be applied to the 2022 MCLE reporting year.  

June 30
Approved Quimbee formats

On-demand

Carryover10 credits
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee will report your attendance to the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. We electronically report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday through the Rhode Island Supreme Court website. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificate from our website at any time.

Rhode Island CLE Requirements

Rhode Island attorneys must complete 10 credits each year, including 2 ethics credits.
Rhode Island attorneys can complete up to 6 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.
  • Attend approved, live CLE courses. 
  • Teach an approved CLE course. Publish legal articles. 
  • Participate as judge, facilitator, or trainer in a moot/mock trial/deposition. 
  • Attend law school courses at an ABA-accredited law school.
COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has suspended the CLE requirement for 2020. All credits completed in 2020 can be carried over and used toward the 2021 reporting period.

Rhode Island attorneys must complete their CLE requirement by June 30 each year.
Yes, up to 10 credits can be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has suspended the CLE requirement for 2021. Credits that have been earned between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021 will be applied to the 2022 MCLE reporting year. 

Newly admitted Rhode Island attorneys are exempt from the CLE requirement during the year in which they are admitted and the following year. They must complete the Bridge the Gap program by the end of the first, full MCLE calendar year after being admitted to the Rhode Island Bar.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Quimbee reports attendance for the previous week to the Rhode Island Supreme Court each Wednesday.
Rhode Island attorneys must certify their MCLE compliance by June 30 of each year through Rhode Island's MCLE Portal.

Resources

Rhode Island MCLE Commission
John E. Fogarty Judicial Annex 
24 Weybosset Street, 3rd Floor 
Providence, RI 02903 
401-222-4942 

Newest Rhode Island 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.