New York CLE Requirements

Attorney Requirements

New York attorneys are required to complete 24 hours of CLE every 2 years. At least 4 hours must be in the area of Ethics and at least 1 hour must in in the areas of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. Attorneys must earn the required MCLE credits on the date of their reporting period.

Attorneys may carry over up to 6 hours of CLE credit to the next reporting period.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar, as follows:

  • Ethics and Professionalism: 3 hours
  • Skills: 6 hours
  • Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice: 7 hours

The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries.

Online Courses

New York attorneys may earn all 24 hours of CLE credit through approved online courses.


New York State Continuing Legal Education Board
25 Beaver Street, Room 888
New York, NY 10004
(212) 428-2105

About Our CLE Requirements Guide

This information is for general informational purposes only. Each state has specific CLE rules and regulations, which may not be fully reflected on our site. Please contact your state"s CLE regulator to determine your specific rules and requirements.