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Vermont CLE Requirements

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

Vermont CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement24 credits every 2 years
Categories20 General 
2 Ethics 
1 Attorney wellness 
1 Diversity and inclusion
CLE Compliance deadlineJune 30
CLE Reporting deadlineJuly 1
Approved Quimbee formatsCOVID-19 Update:  The Vermont Supreme Court has suspended the limitations on Non-moderated Programming with Interactivity and Non-moderated Programming without Interactivity for the compliance period ending June 30, 2021. All 24 credits can be completed through Quimbee's on-demand courses.

On-demand
CarryoverExcess credits may be carried over if earned in the second year of the reporting period.
CLE reporting instructionsVermont is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the Vermont Supreme Court. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Vermont CLE Requirements

Vermont attorneys must complete 24 credits, including 2 ethics credits, 1 attorney wellness credit, and 1 diversity and Inclusion credit, every 2 years.
COVID-19 Update:  The Vermont Supreme Court has suspended the limitations on Non-moderated Programming with Interactivity and Non-moderated Programming without Interactivity for the compliance period ending June 30, 2021. All 24 credits can be completed through Quimbee's on-demand courses.

Vermont attorneys can complete up to 6 credits through Quimbee’s on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, live CLE courses. 
  • Teach law school courses at an ABA-accredited law school. 
  • Teach legal programs to non-attorneys. Publish legal writing. 
  • Participate in the mentorship program. Serve as an acting judge. 
  • Serve as a moot court judge. 
  • Perform volunteer community work.
Vermont attorneys must complete their requirement by June 30 of their reporting year.
Yes, excess credits may be carried over if earned in the second year of the reporting period.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Vermont attorneys must complete 15 credits of specially approved CLE courses on Vermont practice and procedure. At least 6 of the 15 credits must be from live courses. All 15 credits must be completed no earlier than 1 year before and no later than 1 year after admission to the bar. These credits will count toward the MCLE requirement during the first reporting period.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Vermont attorneys must certify compliance by July 1 of their reporting year.
Vermont attorneys must certify compliance with the MCLE requirements on the licensing statement that must be filed at the end of each reporting period.

Resources

Vermont MCLE Board 
111 State Street, Suite 9B 
Montpelier, VT 05609-0702 
802-828-3281 

Newest Vermont 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.