New York CLE Requirements

New York's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Requirement:
The State Bar of New York requires attorneys to complete 24 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours every 2 years. The 24 NY CLE hours must include 4 hours of Ethics & Professionalism, and 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias.

New York Newly Admitted Attorney CLE Requirements:
Newly admitted attorneys must complete 16 transitional CLE hours each year in their of first two years of admission to the Bar. Each year these CLE hours must include 3 hours of Ethics and Professionalism, 6 hours of Skills, and 7 hours of Law Practice Management and/or areas of professional practice. 

Effective 2016, newly admitted attorneys can complete all 7 hours of Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice each year with LexVid. Unless otherwise specified, all NY credits listed in LexVid's library qualify for Areas of Professional Practice credit.

New York CLE Deadline:
As a New York attorney, your CLE deadline is 30 days after your birthday, every two years based on when your were admitted to the State Bar: 

  • Attorneys admitted in an even numbered year, have a deadline every even numbered year. 
  • Attorneys admitted in an odd numbered year, have a deadline every odd numbered year. 
* NOTE: NY Attorneys admitted to the State Bar any time before 1/1/1982 have their compliance deadline every even numbered year. 

New York CLE Reporting Deadline: 
New York attorneys certify their compliance on their attorney registration, found online here. Certificates of completion must be kept for four years, but do not have to be recorded with the CLE board.

State Bar of New York Accredited CLE Providers:
LexVid courses are accepted for CLE credit by the by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board.

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Frequently Asked Questions about New York CLE Compliance

How do I report my New York CLE compliance?
The New York Bar will mail you an attorney registration form by your birthday. Complete this form by certifying that you have completed your CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that you have kept the proper documentation. You do not need to mail in your certificates or report the individual courses you have completed.

What if I'm a newly admitted attorney in New York?
See the " New York Newly Admitted Attorney CLE Requirements" section above. 

What if I've been inactive or exempt for part of my New York CLE cycle?
New York attorneys who were not practicing law at the beginning of their reporting cycle or at the end of their reporting cycle are subject to a pro rata CLE requirement equaling 1 hour for each month they were practicing. However, attorneys who take a break from practicing law in the middle of their reporting cycle are subject to the full CLE requirement.

What if I don't comply by my New York CLE deadline?
The names of New York attorneys who fail to comply with their CLE requirement may be submitted to the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division for disciplinary action.

What if I take a CLE course outside of the state of New York?
A New York attorney may earn credit for attendance of an out-of-state course provided that the course is accredited by a New York Approved Jurisdiction. You can find the list of New York Approved Jurisdictions here:
https://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/approvedjurisdictions.shtml

How are New York continuing legal education credit hours calculated?
In New York, one CLE credit hour is awarded for each full 50 minutes of instruction, and in increments of 25 minutes thereafter.

Can I carry over extra New York CLE credit hours?
Yes, New York allows up to a maximum of 6 hours (including Ethics and Professionalism courses).

How long do I need to keep my New York CLE certificates? 
New York attorneys must maintain their records of CLE program completion for a period of at least four years from the date of the course or program. All of your LexVid certificates of completion can be found at lexvid.com/secure/completed/new-york-cle

How can I contact the New York State CLE board?
New York State Continuing Legal Education Board
  25 Beaver Street, Room 888
  New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-428-2105
Email: cle@courts.state.ny.us

What if I have more questions about New York CLE?
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