CLE Accreditation

 

Continuing legal education (CLE), also known as mandatory or minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) or continuing professional development, consists of professional education for attorneys that takes place after their initial admission to the bar.

 

CLE accreditation is given on a state-by-state basis, each with its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit. There is no nationwide accreditation since the MCLE programs are administered by the state supreme courts through a special CLE commission or board. 

 

A CLE provider seeking MCLE accreditation of its programs must apply to each state individually. Individual attorneys may also request accreditation from their particular states after the program has taken place by providing course materials, a special application, and possibly a small fee.

 

MCLE states determine CLE credit hours by dividing the running time of instructional programs by either 60 or 50 minutes.

 

 

The following states have a 60-minute credit hour:

AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MT, NH, NV, NC, ND, NM, OH, OR, PA, PR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA and WY.

 

 

The following states have a 50-minute credit hour:

CO, FL, GU, KS, MO, NY, OK, RI, VI, WV and WI.

 

 

The following states observe reciprocity for continuing education:

FL, NJ, NY, CA and NV.

 

 

ACAMS seeks accreditation through states where its conferences are hosted. Individuals seeking accreditation through other states will need to apply directly with that state.

 

Some states do not require their attorneys to complete continuing legal education hours. Please inquire with your state bar to determine if this is the case for you.

Florida State Bar Association

 

Florida attorneys must complete at least thirty three (33) FL CLE credit hours every three years. Five credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics and awareness programs, and three credit hours in technology programs. CLE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour.

 

ACAMS Credit Sponsor Number: 167807

 

 

Registration of Credit Hours

Sign-in sheets will be provided at the conference. Attendees will be required to sign in and out of each session to receive credit. Please note attendees must be present during the entire session to receive credit. CLE forms will need to be turned in to an ACAMS staff member once the event is completed.

 

 

Certificate of Completion

The certificate must include the course number. Certificates will be sent approximately three weeks after the conference in Florida. The certificate will be personalized with individual credit hours for the duration of the conference in compliance with the Florida Bar Association requirements.

 

 

Record Retention Policy

The Florida State Bar Association requires the retention of attendee records for a minimum of four years. This includes electronic copies of attendee lists, dates and location information featured in the timed agenda, speaker bios, number of assigned credits completed for the day, and all results of program evaluations. (ACAMS will retain attendee records for at least five years.)

New York State Bar Association

 

New York attorneys must complete at least 24 NY CLE credit hours every two years. CLE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour.

 

ACAMS Credit Sponsor Number: N/A

 

 

Registration of Credit Hours

Sign-in sheets will be provided at the conference. Attendees will be required to sign in and out of each session to receive credit. Please note attendees must be present during the entire session to receive credit. CLE forms will need to be turned in to an ACAMS staff member once the event is completed.

 

 

Certificate of Attendance

The certificate must include the course code. Certificates will be sent approximately three weeks after the conference in New York. The certificate will be personalized with individual credit hours for the duration of the conference in compliance with the New York State Bar Association requirements.

 

 

Record Retention Policy

The New York State Bar Association requires the retention of attendee records for a minimum of four years. This includes electronic copies of attendee lists, dates and location information featured in the timed agenda, speaker bios, number of assigned credits completed for the day, and all results of program evaluations. (ACAMS will retain attendee records for at least five years.)

 

Nevada State Bar Association

 

Nevada attorneys must complete at least 12 NV CLE credit hours every calendar year. Ten credits must be completed in the area of general credits, and two in ethics. CLE credits are granted based on a 60-minute hour.

 

ACAMS Credit Sponsor Number: N/A

 

 

Registration of Credit Hours

Sign-in sheets will be provided at the conference. Attendees will be required to sign in and out of each session to receive credit. Please note attendees must be present during the entire session to receive credit. CLE forms will need to be turned in to an ACAMS staff member once the event is completed.

 

 

Certificate of Attendance

The certificate must include the course number.Certificates will be sent approximately three weeks after the conference in Nevada. The certificate will be personalized with individual credit hours for the duration of the conference in compliance with the Nevada State Bar Association requirements.

 

 

Record Retention Policy

ACAMS will retain attendee records for at least five years.