New Lawyer Illinois MCLE Q&A

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.

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MCLE Requirments After First Year of Practice

After the newly admitted attorney MCLE requirements are completed and reported to the MCLE Board, attorneys must report MCLE credits every 2 years.  The MCLE requirements and reporting periods are as follows:

First Letter of Last Name

Initial Two-Year Reporting Period: 30 Hours of MCLE Required,
including 6 hours professional responsibility (PR-MCLE)

 
A through M

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

 Example: Attorney A admitted to the bar May 2018: Newly admitted attorney  
 course completion deadline is May 31, 2019, and first two year reporting
 period begins July 1, 2020.

 Example: Attorney B admitted to the bar November 2018: Newly admitted   attorney course  completion deadline is November 30, 2019, and first two year   reporting period begins  July 1, 2020.

 


N through Z

 


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

 Example: Attorney Y admitted to the bar May 2018. Newly admitted attorney   course completion deadline is May 31, 2019, and first two-year reporting     period begins July 1, 2019.

 Example: Attorney Z admitted to the bar November 2018. Newly admitted   attorney course   completion deadline is   November 30, 2019, and first two-   year reporting period begins July 1, 2021.

To confirm your initial 2-year reporting period, go to www.mcleboard.org and click on "Attorneys Enter Here." Log in with your ARDC number and click on "My MCLE."

 

Get Started Now Meeting Your New Lawyer IL MCLE Requirement:

Basic Skills Course


Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

The next program will begin in January 2019. See details.


Continuing Legal Education


Committee Meeting

Attend a qualified MCLE in-person or live Webcast of a CBA or Young Lawyers Section Committee Meeting. See upcoming meetings list.