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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

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.