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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

Stress, Competence, and the Seven Elements of Self

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 43s
Stress can cause serious harm to one’s health, or even death. Approximately 120,000 people die every year as a direct result of work-related stress, and over 75% of physician visits pertain to stress-related issues. Over the years, stress has been normalized in the legal ecosystem, with success and achievement outweighing balance and wellbeing. Chronic stress can have a dangerous impact on attorney wellbeing and competence to practice law, but there’s a movement within the profession to change all that. In this presentation, we’ll take a humorous look at stress and burnout in the context of attorney competence and explore the concept of attorney wellbeing. We’ll then use a self-mastery framework called the “Elements of Self” to explore individual techniques and practices for reducing stress, achieving wellbeing, and maintaining competence.

A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 0m 37s
All police must comply with the U.S. Constitution. When they don’t, the harm police cause is unjustified, and its impact can be far reaching. In this presentation, we introduce you to the major issues that arise in representing people harmed by police during an “arrest, investigatory stop, or other seizure.” We will take a practical look at the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable seizures, and the primary vehicle for addressing excessive police force—42 U.S.C. § 1983. In doing so, we will explore Fourth Amendment excessive force caselaw, including the doctrine of qualified immunity, and touch on the hot topic of police bodycams.

Ethics. Writing. Tacos.

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 48s
Legal writing is perhaps the most important tool of the legal profession. Nonetheless, attorneys regularly violate ethical duties in their writing, and those violations go undetected. Systemic unethical legal writing impacts the entire legal profession, as well as those we serve and the community in which we practice. In this presentation, we examine seven common ethical issues in legal research, writing, and advocacy in the context of litigation. We examine the ethical duties of competence, diligence, and candor as embodied in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. And how do tacos factor in? Well, you’ll just have to see—it just might guac your world!

Fighting BAC: Defending Breath Test Prosecutions

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 12s
Over the past several years, there has been a trend toward scrutinizing DWI breath test technology. In a 2019 investigative study, the New York Times discovered what DWI attorneys have known for a long time: that breath tests are “often unreliable.” In this presentation, we will explore some foundational issues in defending a “breath test” prosecution. Core concepts will include Henry’s Law, Beer’s law, and the variable of temperature. This presentation isn’t meant to make you an expert in the area, but it will introduce you to some core issues involved in beating bad breath.