What is Tennessee's CLE requirement?
15 hours each year, including 3 hours in legal ethics/professionalism.
When is my deadline?
Tennessee attorneys must comply by December 31st each year.
How do I report my CLE compliance?
You will receive a compliance statement in February indicating whether you are in compliance. If not, you must sign and return the Annual Report Statement to the Commission by March 1 with corrections or confirmations (missing courses or credits) and payment of any outstanding fees
What if I'm a newly admitted attorney?
You do have a CLE obligation for the year you pass the Bar Exam, but the Commission on CLE awards the required fifteen (15) hours of CLE credit for successfully passing the Bar Exam. If you successfully take and pass the July Bar Exam, you will be given credit for the year you passed the Bar Exam and the following year. See Rule 21 §2.05.
What if I've been inactive or exempt for part of my CLE cycle?
Being inactive has no effect on your CLE requirement.
What if I don't comply by my deadline?
In addition to having to complete your required hours, you will owe a $100 non-completion fee. Under Rule 21, the final version of a Suspension Order will be sent to the Supreme Court on August 15. It will be entered at the Court's discretion. See Rule 21 §7.07.
What if I take a CLE course outside of the state?
Mail, email or fax a copy of the program agenda, information on the speakers and a very brief summary of the course content. Attach the completed form found on http://cletn.com/ titled “Request for Out-of –State, On-Line and Other Unpaid Credits”. See Regulation §5D.1.
How are CLE credit hours calculated?
You are eligible to claim the non-resident exemption on the back on the Annual Report Statement mailed to you the last day for January.
Can I carry over extra credit hours?
Yes, up to one full year's worth of both General (12 hours) and Ethics & Professionalism (3 hours) can be carried forward to the next compliance year. 8 hours of distance learning can be carried forward to the next compliance year.
How can I contact my state's CLE board?
Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization
What if I have more questions?
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