For Arizona Attorneys, June 30 MCLE Deadline Looms
by: The Knowledge Group
If you are licensed in Arizona, your annual deadline for completing the state’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits is June 30. The reporting deadline will be September 15. Bookmark this page; online filing starts in mid-July. Attorneys will then find the online electronic affidavit form by logging in to their individual accounts.
Attorneys May Choose Their CLE Courses and CLE Providers
The Arizona Bar does not certify legal education courses or course providers. It is up to the Arizona lawyer to review the standards set forth in Arizona MCLE Regulation 104(A), and determine whether a course qualifies for Arizona CLE requirements.
Although Arizona attorneys self-report their CLE hours, the state requires CLE providers to monitor lawyers’ course attendance and completion.
That said, all new attorneys must complete the State Bar of Arizona’s Professionalism Course. The State Bar of Arizona provides the course, a one-time-only requirement, that meets in-person and lasts 4.25 hours. It is not offered online.
Arizona Sets a Minimum of 15 Continuing Legal Education Hours
The 15 credit hours to complete by June 30 must include 3 or more hours of professional responsibility or legal ethics.
A lawyer may carry up to 15 credit hours over into the following compliance period. Of these 15 credit hours, 3 may cover professional responsibility or legal ethics.
Specialists Have Distinct Requirements
Specialists must complete advanced courses in their area of specialization. Their yearly requirement is 12 or more hours of substantive, advanced CLE in their specific area of law, as well as 3 credit hours in professional responsibility.
The following areas of law currently constitute specialization:
- Bankruptcy law
- Criminal law
- Estates and trusts
- Real estate law
- Family law
- Injury and wrongful death litigation
- Workers’ comp
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