Everything You Need to Know About New York MCLE—But Were Afraid to Ask

by: The Knowledge Group

August 22, 2019


If you are a New York attorney looking to complete your Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, here are some juicy facts you need to know.

New York put a diversity requirement in your two-year compliance cycle.

Experienced attorneys admitted in New York must now complete 1+ credit hour in diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of bias. Course material may concern age; religion; ability; race, national, or ethnic origin; gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. This change does increase the 24 total hour minimum per cycle.

Yes, you may complete all 24 credit hours online.

Experienced attorneys must be sure this online course work includes 4 ethics and professionalism hours as well as 1 diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias hour.

Attorneys admitted in New York under 2 years are “newly admitted” attorneys.

Newly admitted to the bar? You have different MCLE rules. Complete 16 CLE hours in EACH of those first two years, as follows:

  • Three credit hours in ethics and professionalism.
  • Six hours of legal skills.
  • Seven in law practice management or professional practice.

Your birthday is also your compliance date.

New York attorneys admitted before New Year’s Day 1982, or admitted in an even-numbered year, register in even-numbered years. Other New York attorneys register in odd-numbered years. Report your CLE credits within 30 days from your birthday.

Experienced attorneys may carry credits forward to next year.

Do a little extra now. Save time later. As an experienced New York attorney, you may take up to 6 additional credit hours and apply them to your next 2-year reporting cycle. You may also carry over your ethics and professionalism credits.

Don’t be afraid to ask us more about your CLE requirements!

We’re available at 646-844-0200 and always glad to hear from you, or via email

We also have a New York State Bundle that gives you an easy way to hit your credit requirement.