Illinois Attorneys N–Z: Need Free CLE Before the June 30 Completion Deadline? 

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Illinois attorneys with last names beginning N–Z: have you completed your CLE hours ahead of the June 30 deadline? If not, the Commission on Professionalism offers free CLE that is approved for professional responsibility (PR) CLE credit in Illinois.   

MCLE requirements for the 2021-2023 reporting period are 30 hours of approved Illinois MCLE credit, including at least six professional responsibility (PR) hours.  

At least one hour in diversity and inclusion (D&I) CLE and one hour in mental health and substance abuse (MHSA) CLE must be included within those six hours. 

With the launch of the MCLE Board’s online transcript system, things have changed this year in terms of confirming compliance. Read on to learn what this means for you.  

How to confirm your MCLE compliance 

This year, lawyers do not need to report complianceto the MCLE Board. Instead, lawyers’ online “My MCLE” transcripts will constitute their report for the two-year reporting period, and such transcripts will determine compliance. 

According to the MCLE Board, the transcripts of Illinois lawyers with last names beginning N-Z “must reflect [their] compliance by the June 30, 2023, initial credit completion deadline no later than the initial credit reporting deadline on July 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. CST to prevent a $250 late fee.” 

You can check your transcript here and learn more about this new system on the MCLE Board’s FAQs page. You can also contact the MCLE Board here 

Newly admitted attorneys have separate requirements. 

Free online CLE for Illinois attorneys 

The Commission offers 7.5 hours of free online CLE approved for PR credit in Illinois through nine courses available on our website, including two newly added courses. 

Other CLE opportunities 

In addition, free CLE is available through several Illinois legal organizations, including: 

  • Illinois ARDC: The ARDC provides licensed Illinois attorneys access to free on-demand legal education on its website. 
  • ISBA: The ISBA offers eligible members over 700 hours of on-demand CLE content at no additional cost. 
  • Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program: LAP provides on-demand CLEs that meet the mental health/substance abuse PR CLE requirement. Courses address topics such as mindfulness, addiction, and stress. 
  • Public Interest Law Initiative: PILI’s Virtual Pro Bono CLE Series will feature “Best Practices for Inclusion of People with Disabilities” on June 27, from 12 to 1 p.m. (1.25 hours of D&I credit) 
  • Local bar associations: Many local bar associations offer in-person or virtual courses this month. Check with your local bar association to see if there’s an option that suits your needs. 

The MCLE Board also has a helpful course database you can use as a resource. 

Did we miss any? Please comment below with any other free CLEs in Illinois and we will add them to the list. 

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