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Texas CLE Requirements

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

Texas CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

15 credits annually

Categories

12 General

3 Ethics

CLE Compliance deadline

COVID-19 Update: The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has granted extensions to those with deadlines in the following months:

  • September — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of December 31. 
  • October — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • November — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • December — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of February 28.

The last day of the month preceding the attorney’s birth month

CLE Reporting deadline

COVID-19 Update: The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has granted extensions to those with deadlines in the following months:

  • September — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of December 31. 
  • October — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • November — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • December — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of February 28.

The last day of the month preceding the attorney’s birth month

Approved Quimbee formats

On-demand

Carryover

15 credits, including 3 ethics credits

CLE reporting instructions

Quimbee will report your attendance to the State Bar of Texas. We electronically report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday through the State Bar of Texas website. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Texas CLE Requirements

Texas-licensed attorneys are required to complete 15 credits, including 3 ethics credits, each year.

All of Quimbee’s on-demand courses can fulfill the Texas CLE requirement. Quimbee’s Texas bundle provides all 15 required credits, including 3 ethics credits.

Attend approved CLE courses, in-person or delivered via live or recorded technology.

Teach at an accredited CLE course. Attorneys may earn credit for actual instruction time and preparation time.

Participate in a mentoring program sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. 

Attorneys may earn a maximum of 5 credits, including 1 ethics credit.

Complete self-study activities. Attorneys can earn a maximum of three credits of self-study credit. Self-study is a CLE activity that is performed by an individual attorney acting alone or while attending non-accredited professional educational activities, including reading legal articles, digests, advance sheets, cases, treatises, statutes and regulations. Self-study also includes attending non-accredited legal education activities and non-legal professional education activities that are relevant to specific areas of law or to the legal practice.

Publish legal written materials. 

Teach at an ABA-accredited law school.

Attend an ABA-accredited law school. Attorneys can earn a maximum of 30 hours attending live, in-person instruction.

COVID-19 Update: The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has granted extensions to those with deadlines in the following months:

  • September — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of December 31. 
  • October — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • November — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • December — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of February 28.

Attorneys should complete their CLE requirement by the last day of the month preceding the attorney’s birth month. Attorneys are automatically given a grace period until the end of their birth month to complete and report CLE credits before being subjected to a penalty.

Yes, up to 15 hours, including 3 hours of ethics credits may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Texas newly admitted attorneys report two years after their first birthday following their admission to the Texas State Bar. All new Texas attorneys must complete the Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas within the first year of admission.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

COVID-19 Update: The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has granted extensions to those with deadlines in the following months:

  • September — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of December 31. 
  • October — granted a 90-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • November — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of January 31. 
  • December — granted a 60-day extension with a final deadline of February 28.

Attorneys should complete their CLE requirement by the last day of the month preceding the attorney’s birth month. Attorneys are automatically given a grace period until the end of their birth month to complete and report CLE credits before being subjected to a penalty.

Attorneys can log into My Bar Page to report CLE credits. Click on the link to “View/Report MCLE Hours.”

Resources

State Bar of Texas

MCLE Department

P.O. Box 13007

Austin, Texas 78711-3007

Phone: 800-204-2222 (ext. 1806)

Fax: 512-427-4423

[email protected]

Newest Texas courses

Attorney Professionalism: There’s More to it Than Just Making a Lot of Money and Having a Lot of Clients

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 1m 39s
An attorney is a professional; and being a good and respected attorney means more than just making lots of money and having lots of clients. It means displaying, encouraging, and garnering reciprocal professionalism. In this introduction to legal professionalism, we cover some of the major temptations, quandaries, and slip ups that attorneys can handle properly if they adhere to a high standard of professionalism. We also review a sample state’s creed on professionalism, as well as a recent ethics - related case before ending with a summary of suggested best practices for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and avoiding the scrutiny of the local bar’s ethics board.

Cannabis Conundrum: Weeding Among the Hazy Legal Ethics Lines

by Jan L. Jacobowitz
On demand
1h 3m 06s
The entrepreneurial cannabis industry requires legal assistance like any other growing, innovative business sector. However, the cannabis industry does not necessarily resemble other evolving start-up business areas. Unlike most other industries, cannabis continues to be a federally designated illegal controlled substance, while various states have legalized cannabis and planted a patchwork garden of cannabis statutes, regulations, and ethics advisory opinions. What’s a lawyer to do? Legal ethics questions abound! What type of legal assistance may a lawyer provide to a client involved in the cannabis industry? May a lawyer accept product or an interest in a cannabis business in lieu of fees? Will a lawyer who participates in a medical marijuana program or indulges in recreational cannabis face ethical repercussions? This course will explore the historical context of the cannabis debate, the legal ethics implications for lawyers seeking to represent cannabis clients, and the current state of the legal profession’s response to legal ethics questions posed by lawyers traipsing through the patchwork garden of state regulations.

Humanizing the Defendant Through Criminal Mitigation Evaluations: Rethinking Presentence Strategies as a Strategic Tool for Criminal Defense Lawyers

by Mark Silver
On demand
1h 2m 12s
This course provides an advanced overview of criminal mitigation as a key strategic tool for criminal defense lawyers, and reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. Mr. Silver discusses how the use of psycho-social analysis, which can also impact the factual analysis of the case, can provide a more positive and informed narrative of a client and increase their chances of success in the courtroom. Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Introduction to Copyright Law: The Charles Dickens of Law

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 0m 14s
Copyright Law can be the Charles Dickens of the law. It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. It truly is A Tale of Two Scenarios. If the attorney handling the copyright matter for the client is well prepared, does the initial research, and understands the general principles, it will be the best of times—going from initial application through final issuance and, possibly, victory at trial. If the attorney handling the copyright matter is unprepared, does not conduct sufficient research ahead of time, or does not understand the general principles of copyright law, then it will be the worst of times. The initial application may result in rejection from the U.S. Copyright Office, or the attorney could find himself embroiled in protracted and, ultimately, unsuccessful copyright-infringement litigation. In this introduction to Copyright Law, we cover the basics from application through litigation in an effort to ensure the attorney practices Copyright Law in the best of times.