FAQs related to 2019-20 MCLE Extension from Administrative Order 2020-58

In response to the current pandemic related to COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Arizona has extended the MCLE Compliance and Affidavit Filing deadlines to December 30, 2020 for the 2019-2020 educational year. Read the full Administrative Order 2020-58 and browse our FAQs below for more information about this extension and how it affects you as an Arizona Attorney.

NOTE: The MCLE extension applies ONLY to the 2019-2020 MCLE year.  The deadlines for the 2020-2021 MCLE year remain unchanged.

What is the new deadline for MCLE Compliance / MCLE Affidavit Filing for the 2019-20 educational year?

The deadline is December 30, 2020.

The Court has issued an administrative order allowing members an extension to complete their MCLE and file their 2019-20 affidavit due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. You have until December 30, 2020 to complete both your MCLE requirements and file your affidavit.

Can I take all my CLE hours online?

Yes. There is no limit on the number of “online – interactive” CLE hours you may acquire. As long as the online CLE program is formatted to include a prompt which you must press or gives an alpha numeric code which you must collect and enter upon completion of the program to obtain your certificate the program is considered to be interactive and not subject to self-study limitations.

When should I file my affidavit?

You should file your affidavit as soon as your hours are completed, but no later than December 30, 2020.

How many hours do I need to have to file my affidavit? What about if I am a new admittee?

No changes to the number of hours required to file your affidavit. Your annual requirement is 15 total hours, of which 3 must be professional responsibility/ethics.

New admittees admitted between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 have a reduced requirement for this period only of 10 hours, 2 of which are professional responsibility/ethics.

New admittees admitted between January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 do not have a requirement to file for the 2019-20 year.

Will I have longer to file my 2020-21 affidavit? Will the number of hours be less for that year?

No. The regular MCLE year will resume with the 2020-21 cycle.  The regular requirement of 15 total hours, 3 of which must be professional responsibility/ethics must be completed by the June 30, 2021 compliance deadline (reduced requirements for new admittees admitted July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020).  Online filing will open June 30, 2021.  The filing deadline for 2020-2021 is on or before September 15, 2021.

Will the limitation on the number of self-study CLE hours increase?

No, self-study is limited to 5 hours per year. Self-study is the viewing of a CLE program which does not have a verification tool for completion of the program. Reading does not qualify as self-study.

What happens if I don’t file my affidavit by December 30, 2020?

Affidavits filed after December 30, 2020 will be assessed a late fee of $135.00 and may result in a summary suspension of your license to practice law.

Will I be charged a late compliance fee?

You will not be charged a late compliance fee for any hours taken before December 30, 2020.

What happens if I am facing a financial or medical hardship that won’t allow me to complete my MCLE requirements even with the MCLE extension provided by the Court?

If you are facing an unusual financial or medical hardship that will adversely affect your ability to complete your MCLE requirements, you may be eligible to apply for an MCLE Hardship Waiver. Please note, these would be unusual circumstances in addition to COVID-19 which is covered under the extended deadline.

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