Supreme Court Announces MCLE Rule Changes
October 20, 2011
The Supreme Court of Illinois has amended its MCLE rules. These changes affect the requirements for first year attorneys, the fee for non-traditional activities and the ability to carry over professional responsibility credits.
In response to suggestions from attorneys, the MCLE Board recently announced changes in policies. Illinois allows attorneys to earn MCLE credit through nontraditional methods including legal publications and teaching at law schools. In fact, DCBA's lunchtime MCLE programs are considered non-traditional by the MCLE Board and in the past attorneys were required to pay a $20 fee to claim these credits. The new rule eliminates the $20 fee.
Also, attorneys are now able to carry over six hours of professional responsibility credits to the reporting period following the one in which they were earned.
First year attorneys are still required to earn 15 hours of MCLE credit, including six hours of professional responsibility credit, but the previously required Basic Skills course can be replaced by other opportunities including the new Lawyer to Lawyer Mentor program plus attending nine hours of MCLE programs of their choice. DCBA will still offer the traditional Basic Skills program on November 18 and December 2 and 9. New attorneys will be able to complete all of their necessary credits over the three sessions. Click Basic Skills to view the informational flyer and registration form.
For more information on the MCLE Board changes visit www.mcleboard.org
- Liz Whitney, Continuing Education Administrator
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