Definition of MCLE Credit
Every active State Bar of Texas member must complete a minimum of 15 hours of accredited CLE during each MCLE compliance year.
- 12 of these hours must be in accredited CLE classes
- 3 of these hours must be in legal ethics/legal professional responsibility
- 3 of these hours, including 1 hour of legal ethics, could be in self study.
Accredited CLE credit is received by attending MCLE approved activities including live group presentations, live and pre-recorded online CLE and webinars and by reviewing approved downloadable CLE programs such as podcasts and programs recorded onto DVD and CD.
Currently, at least 12 hours of your 15-hour requirement for each compliance year must be in a form of accredited CLE.
There is a 3-hour minimum requirement for legal ethics/legal professional responsibility.
Self-study credit includes credit for any CLE activity performed by an individual attorney acting alone or while attending non-accredited professional education activities.
Self-study is optional and 3 of your total 15 hours can be completed in the form of self-study activities. There is a three-hour minimum requirement for legal ethics/legal professional responsibility. One hour of this minimum can be satisfied through self-study. The remaining credits must be completed through attendance at Accredited CLE activities.
MCLE Requirements for Attorneys Serving a Disciplinary Suspension
All attorneys, whether active or suspended for disciplinary reasons, are required to comply with MCLE requirements. Read the details of this requirement. [PDF]
Law School Credit
Attorneys can receive up to thirty (30.00) hours per compliance year for in-person attendance at an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school after admission to practice. Credit is for actual hours of in-class instruction, not through electronic means. Please complete the Request for MCLE Credit for Attending Law School Classes form [PDF], include a transcript or grade report verifying completion of courses, and a $25 non-refundable fee.
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