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Credits that Washington Attorneys Can Earn From National Academy:

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 total MCLE approved credits every three years of which 6 hours must be in the area of ethics and at least 15 in the area of Law and Legal Procedure. Law and Legal Procedure (Black Letter Law) activities are defined as legal education relating to substantive law, legal procedure, process, research, writing, analysis, or related skills and technology approved for CLE credit. Attorneys may carry over a maximum of 15 credits including a maximum of 2 Ethics credits for a period of 36 months.

NEW! Effective January 1, 2016: WA eliminated the “live” requirement. All 45 hours can be earned via “AV” formats including online, CD’s and DVD’s. You can now earn all 45 credits with NACLE!

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, 2012, 2015, 2016
Group 2: Admitted in 1976 through 1983, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2017
Group 3: Admitted in 1984 through 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2018
The CLE deadline for Group 1 is Dec 31, 2016, for Group 2 is Dec 31, 2017 and for Group 3 is Dec 31, 2018. 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 2015 or 2016, you would not report for the reporting period of 2014-2016 even though you are in Group 1. You would first report at the end of the 2017-2019 reporting period. Members admitted in 2017 will first report at the end of the 2018–2020 reporting period. Members admitted in 2018 will first report at the end of the 2019–2021 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
(t) 206-733-5987
(f) 206-727-8313

Washington CLE State Requirements
Total CLE Requirements
Self Study Credits Allowed
Reporting Cycle
Reporting Date
 January 31
Specialty Requirements
Ethics & Professionalism


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