Louisiana CLE Requirements

Louisiana attorneys are required, according to the Louisiana Supreme Court, to complete a minimum of 12.5 CLE hours annually, including 1.0 hour of ethics and 1.0 hour of professionalism. Please read the following except from Rule XXX (Rules for Continuing Legal Education) for more information.

Rule 3

(a) Each Member shall attend, or complete an approved substitute for attendance, a minimum of twelve and one half (12.5) hours of approved CLE each calendar year.

(b) Any newly admitted active Member shall, during the year of his or her admission through the next calendar year, attend twelve and one half (12.5) hours of approved CLE and not less than eight (8) of such hours shall concern legal ethics, professionalism, or law office management. A newly admitted active member is not required to comply with subsections (a) or (c). Law office management concerns knowledge and skill of office practice including courses on how to:

  • Open and operate a client trust account;
  • Establish a calendar (tickler) system;
  • Communicate with clients;
  • Set fee arrangements, send engagement letters, and establish billing procedures;
  • Avoid and/or obtain help for substance abuse problems;
  • Supervise staff;
  • Organize files;
  • Utilize a conflicts check system;
  • Handle a disciplinary complaint;
  • Terminate representation; and
  • Return files.

(c) Of the twelve and one half (12.5) hours of CLE required annually, not less than one (1) of such hours shall concern legal ethics, and not less than one (1) of such hours shall concern professionalism.

Legal ethics concerns the standard of professional conduct and responsibility required of a lawyer. It includes courses on professional responsibility and malpractice. It does not include such topics as attorneys' fees, client development, law office economics, and practice systems, except to the extent that professional responsibility is discussed in connection with these topics. Professionalism concerns the knowledge and skill of the law faithfully employed in the service of client and public good, and entails what is more broadly expected of attorneys. It includes courses on the duties of attorneys to the judicial system, courts, public, clients, and other attorneys; attorney competency; and pro bono obligations. Legal ethics sets forth the standards of conduct required of a lawyer; professionalism includes what is more broadly expected. The professionalism CLE requirement is distinct from, and in addition to, the legal ethics CLE requirement.

(d) Self-study credits shall be offered as an approved substitute to in-person attendance at CLE activities. Credit for self-study shall consist of participation in technological transmissions, including live or pre-recorded audio and/or audiovisual presentations and activities or other appropriate technology as approved by the MCLE Committee. Credit for attendance at such self-study courses shall be limited to four (4) hours annually.

(e) Except for CLE activities for which attendance cards are completed and forwarded by sponsors in accordance with Regulations 5.2.2 through 5.3.1, all Members shall submit to the Committee records pertaining to their compliance no later than January 31 of the following calendar year, pursuant to the conditions set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

Added effective Jan. 1, 1988, amended effective July 12, 1996; amended effective Jan. 1, 1998, amended effective March 12, 2002, amended effective Jan. 1, 2003, amended effective June 5, 2003.