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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

Professionalism: How Wonderful it Really is to be a Lawyer

by Kevin Johnson
On demand
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Professionalism in the practice of law is not just complying with the Code of Professional Conduct. It is about how a lawyer is as a lawyer. This presentation describes what professionalism looks like in key areas of a law practice. Integrity, competence, attorney-client relations, dealing with other attorneys and with society, as well as why attorneys should look out for each other. A good attorney is ethical, it is the great attorney who understands and exercises professionalism throughout the day and over time.

Extreme Hardship Criteria in Waiver and Cancellation of Removal Cases: Clinical Strategies and Challenges for Immigration Lawyers

by Mark Silver
On demand
1h 2m 56s
In this seminar, forensic expert Mark Silver provides the immigration lawyer with a detailed analysis of criteria considered by clinical experts when undertaking a psychosocial evaluation in extreme hardship cases for waivers and cancellation of removal cases. Here, Mr. Silver integrates important legal considerations with the psychosocial criteria offering new and different insights to better advocate for the clients and their family members. He also reviews the different challenges that have an impact on extreme hardship considerations. Additionally, he addresses how to best present these issues to help your client.

Introduction to Trademark Law - An Overview from the PTO’s Pet Peeves in Applying for a Trademark to Proving Infringement in Federal Court

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 4m 36s
Young and old attorneys can always learn something about Trademark Law. In this introduction to Trademarks, attorneys learn the basics of Trademark Law from prosecution of a Trademark to obtain one through litigation when a Trademark is infringed. The presentation is broken down into three sections. First, the results of an interview with a Trademark Examiner from the United States Patent and Trademark Office about her prosecution pet peeves is addressed. Second, the basics of Trademarks is presented. Third, a sample case on Trademark infringement is thoroughly analyzed and discussed.

What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

by Michael Riela
On demand
1h 1m 13s
Attorneys in firms of all sizes – from solo practitioners to lawyers are multinational Big Law firms - face a number of ethical issues relating to cybersecurity, and preserving the confidentiality and security of their clients’ data. Contrary to what some lawyers may believe, law firms are often a valuable target for hackers because they can hold vast collections of sensitive and highly valuable client-related data. These cybersecurity threats come from individual hackers, international cybercriminals, and even a firm’s own attorneys and other employees. This program provides a basic primer on attorneys’ ethical obligations to understand and address the cybersecurity risks they face, and provides practical advice for attorneys in addressing issues that arise will undoubtedly arise in their legal practice.