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Changes to Newly Admitted Attorney Requirement


RECENTLY ADOPTED CHANGES TO FORMATS ALLOWED FOR COMPLETION OF
THE NEWLY ADMITTED ATTORNEY CLE REQUIREMENT, EFFECTIVE
JANUARY 1, 2016

The New York State CLE Board adopted the following changes, effective January 1, 2016, to the requirement that newly admitted attorneys complete all of their CLE credits in the traditional live classroom setting or by fully interactive videoconference (there is no change to the number or categories of credit required, nor to the requirement that they be fulfilled by attending accredited transitional courses):

  • Law Practice Management and Areas of Professional Practice credit may be completed in
    any approved format, including nonparticipatory formats such as on-demand audio or video,
    or live broadcast.
  • Ethics and Professionalism credit may be completed in the traditional live classroom
    setting; by fully interactive videoconference; or by simultaneous transmission with
    synchronous interactivity, such as webconference, or teleconference, where questions are
    allowed during the program.
  • There is no change in the requirement for Skills credit, which still must be completed in the
    traditional live classroom setting or by fully interactive videoconference.

Newly admitted attorneys based in law offices outside of the United States may fulfill up to 16 credit hours in any approved format. The remaining credit hours must be completed in a format permissible for the category of credit.

Newly admitted attorneys eligible for a prorated CLE requirement must complete the credit in a format permissible for the category of credit, except that no more than 14 credits may be earned through nonparticipatory formats, such as on-demand audio or video, or live broadcast.

The revised format restrictions apply only to attorneys admitted to the New York Bar on or after
January 1, 2014,
and only to programs taken on or after January 1, 2016.