Accreditation and CLE Rules for Washington
National Academy of Continuing Legal Education has been approved for accredited sponsor status by the Washington State Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. All courses offered by the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education have been directly approved by the WSBA. You can see our official approval letter here: WASponsor_Approval.pdf.
WA attorneys must complete 45 CLE credit hours per compliance period, including 6 ethics hours. Up to 22.5 self-study credits may be earned with National Academy of Continuing Legal Education using our Online, CD-ROM and Audio CD media formats. Attorneys may carry over a maximum of 15 credits including a maximum of 2 Ethics credits for a period of 36 months.
WSBA members are divided into three MCLE reporting groups based upon year of admission.
Group 1: Admitted through 1975, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012
Group 2: Admitted in 1976 through 1983, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010
Group 3: Admitted in 1984 through 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011
The CLE deadline for Group 1 is Dec 31, 2013, for Group 2 is Dec 31, 2014 and for Group 3 is Dec 31, 2015. The deadline for reporting is Feb 1.
Newly admitted members are exempt from reporting CLE credits for the year of their admission and the following calendar year. For example, if you were admitted in 2010, you would not report for this reporting period (2009-2011) even though you are in Group 2. You would first report at the end of the 2012–2014 reporting period. Members admitted in 2011 will first report at the end of the 2013–2015 reporting period. Members admitted in 2012 will first report at the end of the 2014–2016 reporting period. When new members report at the end of their first reporting period, they may claim all CLE credits earned on or after their date of admission to the WSBA.
WA State Board of CLE
1325 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101-2539