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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 requirement14 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 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 2020-2021 reporting period.

On-demand (limit 8)
Carryover14 credits, including 2 ethics credits
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee will report your attendance to the South Carolina Commission on CLE and Specialization. We report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday. Please retain your 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 credits each year. They must also complete 1 substance abuse 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 2020-2021 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 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.


Newest South Carolina courses

Professionalism: How Wonderful it Really is to be a Lawyer

by Kevin Johnson
On demand
1h 2m 04s
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.