FAQ's For Lawyers

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Q:
Is the "verified" (Live) requirement waived for 2024?
A:

No.
For the CLE reporting period ending June 30, 2024, 6 of the required credits for active licensed lawyers must be verified CLE, which may include any combination of in-person CLE, remote group CLE, or verified e-CLE. The remaining 6 hours of CLE may include elective CLE or verified CLE.
14-404(a)(1).

Q:
What are the CLE credit requirements for the one-year MCLE cycle?
A:

Each active status lawyer admitted to practice in Utah must complete, during each Compliance Cycle, a minimum of 12 hours of Accredited CLE.

• At least 6 hours of the CLE must be Live CLE, which may include any combination of In-person CLE, Remote Group CLE, or Verified E-CLE.
• The remaining 6 hours of CLE may include Self-study CLE or Live CLE.
• The 12 hours of CLE must include a minimum of one hour of Ethics CLE and one hour of Professionalism and Civility CLE.
14-404(a)(3)

Q:
When do I need to comply?
A:

On or before July 31 each year, each lawyer or paralegal practitioner subject to MCLE requirements must file a Certificate of Compliance with the Board, appropriately evidencing the lawyer’s or paralegal practitioner’s completion of Accredited CLE ending the preceding 30th day of June.

Q:
How do I know if the credit recorded on my transcript is “Verified CLE” or Elective?
A:

MCLE Transcript Credit Type Column Codes:

Regular = “Verified CLE” (Live - 'In Real Time')

Self-Study_Regular = "Elective CLE" (Self-Study - Recorded)

Ethics = Live “Verified CLE” Ethics credit

Self-Study_Ethics = Elective Ethics credit

Professionalism/Civility = Live “Verified CLE” Professionalism/Civility credit

Self-Study Professionalism = Elective Professionalism/Civility credit

Q:
Do Active Emeritus Lawyers have a CLE requirement?
A:

Yes. Lawyers on active emeritus status must comply with MCLE requirements by participation in 6 hours of Accredited CLE during each Compliance Cycle.
In the alternative, lawyers on active emeritus status may work in conjunction with another Utah lawyer on active status in lieu of complying with the requirement of 6 hours of Accredited CLE. These lawyers must contact the MCLE Board Director prior to working with another active Utah lawyer. A lawyer on active emeritus status who elects to work in conjunction with another Utah lawyer on active status in lieu of complying with 6 hours of Accredited CLE must file with the Board a signed statement verifying that the lawyer has complied with the requirements of this rule by July 31 following the end of the Compliance Cycle in which the report is due. Emeritus members must file a certificate of compliance pay the $10 administrative compliance fee.

Q:
Comity Certificate qualifications?
A:

An active lawyer who practices in a Multi-State Compliance Reciprocity State (Idaho, Oregon, or Washington) may elect to meet the CLE requirements in that other state and use that state’s CLE compliance as compliance in Utah by filing a “Comity Certificate” for Utah CLE compliance pay the $25 administrative compliance fee. Bar member must have completed at least one cycle to show compliance.
14-404(d)

Q:
Can CLE credits from another jurisdiction meet Utah CLE requirements?
A:

CLE Accreditation may be awarded for out-of-state CLE that the Board determines meets standards in furthering a lawyer’s or paralegal practitioner’s legal education. The Board determines whether to Accredit the CLE and, if Accredited, the number of hours of credit to allow for such CLE. An Individual Bar Member Application must be submitted. Utah is a 60 minute per credit state (not 50 minutes). Utah does not count quarte hours but rounds down to the nearest half hour.

Only official out of state transcripts representing CLE credits completed during the July 1 through June 30 reporting period will be considered.

Q:
How do I reactivate my license from Inactive Status?
A:

Please see Utah Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal Education Rule 14-405(b)(1) then reach out to the Licensing Department of the Utah State Bar for licensing information. 801-297-7050.

Q:
Do CLE credits carry-over to my new reporting period?
A:

No, Utah does not allow carry-over credits from previous reporting periods.