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.
NEW RULES for Newly Admitted Lawyers - Effective January 1, 2016
In New York, lawyers admitted to the NY State Bar two years or less are considered newly admitted attorneys. As of this year, the New York State CLE Board, effective January 1, 2016, made a dramatic change to the current requirement that newly admitted attorneys complete all of their CLE credits in the traditional live classroom setting or by fully interactive videoconference. How does it affect you?
If you’re newly admitted you have to earn 16 credits in each of your first two years. Now, 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. Also, the new rule changes include the following additional changes:
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.
The revised format restrictions apply only to attorneys admitted to the New York Bar on or after January 1, 2014, and only to programs taken on or after January 1, 2016.
For more information on New York CLE requirements visit https://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/index.shtml