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Newly Admitted Attorney MCLE Rules

Every Illinois attorney admitted to practice law in Illinois must complete the Illinois Supreme Court's 15 hour MCLE requirement for newly admitted attorneys within their first year of admission to the Illinois bar.


You can comply with the Newly Admitted Attorney requirement in three ways:

1. Attend a Basic Skills Course of no less than 6 hours AND 9 additional hours of MCLE courses of your choice; OR

2. Participate in a year-long Mentoring Program approved for no less than 6 credit hours by the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism AND attend at least 9 additional hours of MCLE courses of your choice; OR

3. Attend a Basic Skills Course of no less than 6 hours AND participate in a year-long Mentoring Program approved for no less than 6 credit hours by the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism AND attend at least 3 additional hours of MCLE courses of your choice.

 

Fulfill your 15 hour Newly Admitted Attorney requirement for FREE with your free one year CBA membership! See details and join at www.chicagobar.org/newadmittee.

 

The CBA provides the following:

  • Basic Skills Course - a live Basic Skills Course will be held at the CBA on November 14, 2016 – registration will be open soon. (A 2 part on-demand Basic Skills course is available online. Click here to register for Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring program – the CBA’s program begins in January 2017. Registration will be available after November 1, 2016. For more information, go to www.chicagobar.org/mentoring.
  • MCLE qualified committee meetings and seminars hosted by the Young Lawyers Section and The Chicago Bar Association that cover substantive practice areas, skill building, law practice management and more. See upcoming and on-demand events at www.chicagobar.org/cle

 


Initial Reporting Period

First Letter of Last Name

Initial Two Year Reporting Period (30 hours MCLE required, 6 must be professional responsibility credits (PR-MCLE).

A through M

Begins July 1 of the next EVEN numbered year after the completion deadline for the newly admitted attorney requirements.

Example: Attorney A admitted to the bar May 2016: Newly admitted attorney course completion deadline is May 31, 2017, and first 2-year reporting period begins July 1, 2018.

Example: Attorney B admitted to the bar November 2016: Newly admitted attorney course completion deadline is November 30, 2017, and first 2-year reporting period begins July 1, 2018.

N through Z

Begins July 1 of the next ODD numbered year after the completion deadline for the newly admitted attorney requirements.

Example: Attorney Y admitted to the bar May 2016: Newly admitted attorney course completion deadline is May 31, 2017, and first 2-year reporting period begins July 1, 2017.

Example: Attorney Z admitted to the bar November 2016: Newly admitted attorney course completion deadline is November 30, 2017, and first 2-year reporting period begins July 1, 2019.

 

To confirm your initial 2-year reporting period, go to the MCLE Board Web site at http://www.mcleboard.org and click on "Attorneys Enter Here." Log in with your ARDC number and click on "My MCLE."