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Illinois MCLE Q & A

Effective September 27, 2011, the Supreme Court of Illinois has amended its minimum continuing legal education rules (MCLE Rules) and the MCLE Board's fee schedule. With those changes, the Court has given attorneys even more options to complete their MCLE requirements. These options include participating in non-traditional activities without the $20.00 fee, carrying over excess professional responsibility credit as professional responsibility hours and satisfying a portion of the requirement for newly-admitted attorney by participating in a mentoring program approved by the Commission on Professionalism. More information can be found on the MCLE board website at www.mcleboard.org.

 

Information for Newly Admitted Attorneys:  The Illinois Supreme Court rule changes effective September 27, 2011, give newly-admitted attorneys more options to satisfy their MCLE requirements. Instead of taking one 15-hour course, newly-admitted attorneys admitted on or after October 1, 2011, will need to earn 15 hours from these options: a six-hour Basic Skills Course; a mentoring program approved by the Commission on Professionalism; and up to nine accredited hours of the attorney's choosing. Newly-admitted attorneys admitted before September 30, 2011, will have the option of taking either the 15-hour course or earning 15 hours from these options: a six-hour Basic Skills Course; a mentoring program approved by the Commission on Professionalism; and up to nine accredited hours of the attorney's choosing.

 

Illinois MCLE Board Website

Illinois Professionalism Commission Website