The deadline is approaching to file for a free extension to earn MCLE credits for the 2018-2020 reporting period. Attorneys with last names beginning A-M must report that they “complied” or have “not yet complied” to the MCLE Board by July 31, 2020, to avoid a late fee. Newly-admitted attorneys have separate requirements.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Supreme Court, in consultation with the MCLE Board, provided attorneys in the current reporting group with a no-cost, three-month extension to complete the 30-hour MCLE requirement. This pushed the completion deadline from June 30 to September 30, 2020.
However, to secure this extension, attorneys must report “not yet complied” to the MCLE Board by July 31, 2020. These attorneys must then complete both their MCLE credits and report “complied” to the board online by September 30, 2020. Information on how to submit the report can be found on the MCLE Board’s website.
Attorneys who completed their MCLE requirements by June 30, 2020, aren’t quite done either. They must report “complied” to the MCLE Board online by July 31, 2020. Information on how to report compliance can be found on the MCLE Board’s website.
Where to Earn CLE?
The Commission on Professionalism offers 5 hours of free online CLE through 6 courses on our website. Our interactive and accessible courses are approved for professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois and cover topics including lawyer well-being, diversity & inclusion, civility, and legal ethics. Our course catalog includes 2 hours of diversity & inclusion credit and 1 hour of mental health & substance abuse credit.
Have you already taken our courses? We have compiled a list of external organizations that are offering free online CLE. Check it out here.
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