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Washington CLE Requirements

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

Washington CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement45 credits every 3 years
Categories

24 Any category

15 Law and legal procedure CLE

6 Ethics CLE

CLE Compliance deadline

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Washington has extended the reporting period for those in Group 2 (reporting period 2018-2020) to December 31, 2021. The next reporting period will be a shortened two year reporting period: 2022-2023. The order allows for the additional 15 carryover credits (30 total carryover credits, up to 4 of which may be ethics) to be earned in the extended reporting period.


December 31

CLE Reporting deadline

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Washington has extended the reporting deadline for those in Group 2 (reporting period 2018-2020) to February 1, 2022.


February 1

Approved Quimbee formats

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On-demand

Carryover

15 credits, including 2 ethics CLE credits

CLE reporting instructions

Washington attorneys self-report attendance using the MCLE Online System.

Washington CLE Requirements

Washington attorneys must complete 45 credits, including 15 law and legal procedure credits and 6 ethics CLE credits, every 3 years.

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Washington attorneys can complete all 45 credits through Quimbee’s on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, live CLE courses.

  • Attend bar review courses for jurisdictions other than Washington.

  • Attend law school courses.

  • Teach an approved CLE course.

  • Publish legal writing.

  • Teach law school classes.

  • Perform pro bono services.

  • Participate in a mentoring program.

  • Judge and prepare students for moot court, mock trials, and recognized competitions.

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Washington has extended the reporting period for those in Group 2 (reporting period 2018-2020) to December 31, 2021. The next reporting period will be a shortened two year reporting period: 2022-2023. The order allows for the additional 15 carryover credits (30 total carryover credits, up to 4 of which may be ethics) to be earned in the extended reporting period.


Washington attorneys must complete their requirements by December 31 of their reporting year.

  • Group 1 (2020-2022)

  • Group 2 (2018-2020)

  • Group 3 (2019-2021)

Yes, up to 15 credits, including 2 ethics CLE credits, may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Washington attorneys are exempt from the CLE requirement during the calendar year in which they are admitted.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Washington has extended the reporting deadline for those in Group 2 (reporting period 2018-2020) to February 1, 2022.


Washington attorneys must report CLE credits by February 1 following their reporting year.

Washington attorneys must self-report their attendance using the MCLE Online System.

Resources

WA State Board of CLE 

2101 Fourth Avenue, 4th Floor 

Seattle, WA 98121-2330 

206-733-5987