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Rhode Island CLE Requirements

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

Rhode Island CLE Requirements

Rhode Island attorneys must complete 10 credits each year, including 2 ethics CLE credits.
Rhode Island attorneys can complete up to 6 CLE 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