North Carolina CLE Requirements

Attorney Requirements

North Carolina attorneys are required to complete 12 hours of CLE each year. At least 2 hours must be in the areas of Ethics or Professionalism. Additionally, at least 1 hour must be in the area of Substance Abuse every 3 years and at least 1 hour must be in Technology. Attorneys must earn the required MCLE credits by December 31st and report by February 28th each year.

Attorneys may carry over up to 12 hours (2 can be in Ethics) of CLE credit to the next reporting period. Substance Abuse credits may not be carried over.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted attorneys in North Carolina must complete a 12 hour Professionalism for New Attorneys program.

Credit for this program is applied to a newly admitted attorney’s 12 hour annual CLE credit requirement.

Online Courses

North Carolina attorneys must complete a minimum of 12 hours of CLE credits through live events, including live webinars. Attorneys may earn up to 6 hours of CLE through online on demand courses.


North Carolina Continuing Legal Education
PO Box 26148
Raleigh, NC 27611
(919) 733-0123

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.