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South Carolina CLE Requirements

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

South Carolina CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement4 credits every year
Categories12 General 
2 Ethics 
1 Substance abuse every 3 years
CLE Compliance deadlineLast day of February
CLE Reporting deadlineMarch 1
Approved Quimbee formatsQuimbee CLE courses for South Carolina attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email. 

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of South Carolina has waived the restriction limiting the number of credits that can be completed through on-demand courses. South Carolina attorneys may earn all 14 credits through on-demand courses for the 2020-2021 reporting period.
Carryover14 credits, including 2 ethics credits
CLE reporting instructionsProviders report credits to the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

South Carolina CLE Requirements

South Carolina attorneys must complete 14 credits, including 2 ethics credits each year. They must also complete 1 substance abuse credit every 3 years.

Quimbee CLE courses for South Carolina attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email. 
 
COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of South Carolina has waived the restriction limiting the number of credits that can be completed through on-demand courses. South Carolina attorneys may earn all 14 credits through on-demand courses for the 2020-2021 reporting period.

  • Teach an approved CLE course. 
  • Publish legal writing.

South Carolina attorneys must complete their CLE requirements by the last day of February each year.

Yes, up to 14 credits, including 2 ethics credits, may be carried over to the following reporting cycle. Credits from alternatively delivered courses may not be carried over.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted South Carolina attorneys are exempt from CLE requirements during the CLE reporting year in which they are admitted. The first required CLE reporting year for newly admitted attorneys begins on March 1, after the date of admission.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Compliance reports are mailed by the South Carolina CLE Commission on/about January 15 of each year. They must be filed on or before March 1.

Once the CLE compliance has been received, attorneys should make sure their reports are complete and correct. The reports must be signed, dated, and returned, along with the filing fee, no later than March 1.

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