MCLE Exemptions

The following categories may request an exemption or special allowance to complete all or part of the 15-hour MCLE requirement:

  • Full-time faculty members of ABA-accredited law schools - may request a 15-hour allowance (does not cover the three-hour ethics requirement)

  • Part-time faculty members of ABA-accredited law schools - may request a 12-hour allowance (does not cover the three-hour ethics requirement)

  • Judges, both state and federal – may be eligible to claim a judicial exemption

  • Those who are employed as full-time attorneys within certain offices of the Texas Legislature may request a 15-hour allowance (does not cover the three-hour legal ethics requirement)

  • Members of the Texas Legislature or members of Congress may request a 15-hour allowance including three hours of legal ethics

  • Those placed on Inactive Status with the State Bar of Texas Membership Department and who have been inactive during the entire MCLE compliance year are not required to report MCLE credits

  • Those who are on Active Status with the State Bar of Texas Membership Department but have not engaged in the practice of law in Texas at any time during their MCLE compliance year may claim a Non-Practicing exemption

  • Those with circumstances that demonstrate an undue hardship due to an extreme medical or physical disability that prevents compliance may request a special self-study allowance or exemption depending on circumstances

Military Waivers: Are you an attorney member serving in a combat zone? You may be exempt from MCLE requirements.

For information regarding the MCLE Emeritus Exemption Status, click here.

Please note: MCLE exemptions are not automatically awarded based upon Membership status. If you think that you are eligible to claim an exemption or special allowance, or if you cannot find your category above, or if you have any other questions about how to request an exemption, please contact the MCLE Department.

Contact Us

Please contact the MCLE Department with any additional questions.

Contact Information
Phone: (800) 204-2222, ext. 1806 or (512) 427-1806
Fax: (512) 427-4423
Email: mcle@texasbar.com

Mailing Address
State Bar of Texas
MCLE Department
PO Box 13007
Austin, TX 78711-3007

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