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Credits that Illinois Attorneys Can Earn From National Academy:

National Academy of Continuing Legal Education is an Accredited CLE Provider in Illinois. The MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois maintains an Accredited Provider directory on their website. Illinois attorneys can satisfy their entire CLE requirement with NACLE using our DVDs, Audio CDs, Online & iOS/Android App formats.

The MCLE Rules require the completion of 30 hours of CLE activity in a two-year reporting period. An attorney’s reporting period depends on the first letter of the attorney’s last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys. Illinois attorneys with last names beginning with A-M are due on June 30 of each even numbered year and attorneys with last names beginning N-Z are required to complete their requirement on each odd numbered year.

Illinois attorneys must complete 30 total hours, including at least six hours of PR. However, of those six hours, Illinois attorneys must complete one hour of diversity/inclusion PR CLE and one hour of mental health/substance abuse PR CLE. Please refer to the Commission on Professionalism's FAQs for additional information.

Newly Admitted attorneys in Illinois must complete 15 total credit hours within 1 year of being admitted. This requirement consists of a 6 credit Basic Skills course that has been approved by the MCLE Board to meet the Basic Skills requirement, as well as 9 additional hours of approved CLE credits. Newly Admitted attorneys can fulfill their entire requirement with NACLE using our DVDs, Audio CDs, Online & iOS/Android App formats. Your CLE requirements must be completed by the last day of the month that occurs one year after your admission to practice in Illinois. (S. Ct. Rule 793(b). Newly Admitted attorneys can carry over up to 15 hours including 6 hours of Professional Responsibility credits to your initial two year experienced cycle.

Attorneys must certify their CLE compliance to the MCLE Board of Supreme Court of Illinois. NACLE reports each month's credits on the 15th of each month to the MCLE Board for tracking and auditing purposes. The Certificate of Completion issued by National Academy may be used to verify attendance. Up to 10 hours, including professional responsibility hours may be carried over to the next reporting period.

The deadline to report is 31 days after the end of the attorney's reporting period. Attorneys must report compliance online.

The MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois
200 West Madison Street
Suite 2040
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(t) 312-924-2420

Illinois CLE State Requirements
Total CLE Requirements
Reporting Cycle
 Every Two Years
Reporting Date
 July 31st
Specialty Requirements
Diversity & Inclusion
Mental Health & Substance Abuse


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