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South Carolina CLE Requirements

Whether you're an experienced South Carolina attorney or newly admitted, 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 requirement14 credits every year
Categories12 General CLE 
1 Substance Abuse CLE every 3 years
CLE Compliance deadlineLast day of February
CLE Reporting deadlineMarch 1
Approved Quimbee formatsCOVID-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 2021-2022 reporting period.

On-demand (limit 8)
Carryover14 credits, including 2 ethics CLE credits
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee reports the previous week's attendance to the South Carolina Commission on CLE and Specialization each Wednesday. Please retain this certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

South Carolina CLE Requirements

South Carolina attorneys must complete 14 credits, including 2 ethics CLE credits each year. They must also complete 1 substance abuse CLE credit every 3 years.
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 2021-2022 reporting period.

South Carolina-licensed attorneys can complete up to 8 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.
  • 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 CLE 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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