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.

Initial Reporting Period Requirement


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."


You can comply with the 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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Get Started Now

Basic Skills Course
  • The next in-person/live Webcast of the Basic Skills Course will be held in November 2019.
  • Watch the 2018 course on-demand now in our Webcast Center. Register here !


Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

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


Continuing Legal Education
  • See a list of upcoming seminars
  • Watch an on-demand seminar in the Webcast Center.


Committee Meeting

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