New York lawyers are obligated to do mandatory continuing legal education, but the requirement depends on how long the attorney has been practicing law.
In New York, lawyers are considered to be “experienced attorneys” if they have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years.
Experienced attorneys must complete a total of 24 accredited CLE credit hours during every two year reporting cycle (the two-year period between your attorney registrations). The 24 hours has one additional requirement. At least 4 of these credit hours must be in the “Ethics and Professionalism” category. The remaining credit hours may be in any category of credit. Experienced attorneys may earn all of their CLE credits by attending board approved CLE courses offered online and streaming. For more information visit the NY Courts website.
Effective January 1, 2018, experienced attorneys must complete at least one (1) credit hour of diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias credit each biennial compliance period. This type of credit will count as part of the existing requirement of 24 total credits (including four credits of ethics and professionalism). The rule change applies to experienced attorneys due to re-register on or after July 1, 2018. It does not apply to newly admitted attorneys. Diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias credit may only be earned for qualifying programs taken on or after January 1, 2018.
In New York, lawyers admitted to the NY State Bar two years or less are considered newly admitted attorneys. If you’re newly admitted you have to earn 16 credits in each of your first two years. You can take up to 14 of them (7 each year) from online CLE courses such as TalksOnLaw - but only in the categories of Law Practice Management and Areas of Professional Practice.
Newly admitted attorneys based in law offices outside of the United States may fulfill up to 16 credit hours in any approved format. The remaining credit hours must be completed in a format permissible for the category of credit.
Newly admitted attorneys eligible for a prorated CLE requirement must complete the credit in a format permissible for the category of credit, except that no more than 14 credits may be earned through nonparticipatory formats, such as on-demand audio or video, or live broadcast.
For more information on New York CLE requirements visit https://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/index.shtml