New Jersey's CLE Requirements for Attorneys and New Attorneys
December 16th, 2015
Effective January 1, 2010, all lawyers holding a license to practice law in the State of New Jersey, whether plenary or limited, are required to participate in the mandatory continuing legal education program set forth in Rule 1:42, entitled “Continuing Legal Education.”
Under Regulation 201:1 of the New Jersey Board of Continuing Legal Education, all attorneys who are licensed to practice in the State to take twenty-four (24) hours of continuing legal education every two years, including at least four hours on topics related to ethics and/or professionalism.
The program is mandatory for attorneys, judges, in-house corporate counsel and attorneys who work for government entities.
- Compliance Group 1: Individuals with Birthdays from Jan 1-June 30
- Compliance Group 2: Individuals with Birthdays from July 1-Dec 31
Newly Admitted Attorneys:
Under Regulation 201:2, during a newly admitted lawyer’s first compliance period after admission to the Bar of New Jersey, the newly admitted lawyer must satisfy fifteen of his/her twenty- four required credit hours in any five of the following nine subject areas:
- New Jersey basic estate administration;
- New Jersey basic estate planning;
- New Jersey civil or criminal trial preparation;
- New Jersey family law practice;
- New Jersey real estate closing procedures;
- New Jersey trust and business accounting;
- New Jersey landlord/tenant practice;
- New Jersey municipal court practice; and
- New Jersey law office management.
CLE Frequently Asked Questions:
- Is there a carryover for extra CLE credits?
Yes, under Regulation 201:3, attorneys may carryover up to twelve (12) credits to a subsequent reporting cycle.
- Can I take courses online?
Yes, under Regulation 201:8, attorneys may take up to twelve (12) credits each reporting cycle in “alternative format”. alternative verifiable learning format courses” shall mean any videotape, audiotape, remote place viewing or on-line internet computer presentations, satellite simulcast, teleconferencing, videoconferencing, internet computer self-study, or other alternative format hereafter developed by an approved service provider and authorized by the Board
- What are my compliance obligations?
Every attorney must keep a record of CLE attendance for a period of at least three (3) years from the date of the seminar or program attended. At the end of each compliance period, attorneys must certify to the Board through their Annual Registration Statement that they are in compliance with their MCLE obligations.