Every 3 years by an assigned reporting date, Florida attorneys are required to complete 30 hours of Continuing Legal Education. Effective March 5, 2019, 5 of the required 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs, with at least 1 of the 5 hours in an approved professionalism program. Compliance for the new rule will begin in the member's next reporting cycle following the March 5, 2019 effective date.
Effective January 1, 2017, each member shall complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of approved continuing legal education activity every 3 years. Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs and 3 of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs which are included in, not addition to, the regular 33 credit hour requirement. If a member completes more than 33 credit hours during any reporting cycle, the excess credits cannot be carried over to the next reporting cycle.
Accreditation by a State Bar: Continuing legal education credit granted by a state bar may be accepted provided the CLE activity meets the criteria for accreditation established by the 500 series of the BLSE policies. The BLSE may adjust credit in accordance with the 500 series of its policies. For information about Florida CLE rules, you may call or email the Legal Specialization and Education Department of The Florida Bar at 850-561-5842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.