Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
Arizona lawyers have annual CLE reporting requirements. The educational cycle is July 1 to the following June 30. During that time, each lawyer, unless exempted, must acquire a total of 15 hours of CLE, of which 3 of those hours must be in professional responsibility.
Rule 45(b), Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. allows the following exemptions:
• Inactive or Retired Members
• COJET (must still file affidavit)
• Active Members age 70 before January 1, 2009
• New Admittees/Registrants admitted or registered with the Bar between January 1 and June 30 of the educational year
• Out-of-State Compliance (must still file affidavit)
Arizona lawyers must annually submit proof of meeting their MCLE requirements on the form provided by the State Bar. Online filing is available beginning in mid-July. In addition, a blank affidavit is provided in the September edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine issued in mid-August. Affidavits must be filed by September 15 of each year.
CLE Provider Approval
Arizona does not certify courses or providers. Arizona lawyers are required to independently review our regulations and make their own determination that it qualifies for credit towards their MCLE requirements. MCLE Regulation 104(A) identifies the standards to apply. For additional information, click: CLE Sponsors/Provider Information.