MCLE FAQs for Newly Licensed Attorneys

What is the MCLE requirement for attorneys?
The MCLE requirement for all active Virginia lawyers is 12 credit hours of CLE including 2 hours of legal ethics. Of the 12 required hours, a minimum of 4 credit hours must be from live, interactive programs. Pre-recorded courses are limited to 8 credit hours per compliance year.

What is the MCLE reporting period?
The MCLE reporting period runs from November 1 to October 31. (Dues, on the other hand, are due July 31 every year.) 

When do I begin to report?
Newly admitted attorneys are exempt from the MCLE requirement for the reporting period in which they are licensed. Up to 12.0 hours, 2.0 of which are in ethics, 4.0 of which are live interactive MCLE credits earned after your license date and prior to October 31 of that same year can be carried over to the following reporting period. For example, if you are licensed between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, your first MCLE completion period begins November 1, 2017. And your first MCLE hours must be completed by October 31, 2018. 

Are there any special requirements for newly admitted attorneys?
All active attorneys must also take the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course provided by the bar within 24 months of becoming an active lawyer*. This is a separate requirement from your MCLE requirement. However, you earn CLE credit for your attendance.

*For those affected by COVID-related course cancellations, the Professionalism Course must be completed within 36 months of registration as an active member.

Where can I find information on approved courses?
The MCLE page provides information on approved courses as well as course approval standards and information on attorney compliance.

How do I report attendance at courses?
The sponsor of the course should provide a Certificate of Attendance (Form 2) upon completion of the program. You may review your MCLE record and certify your attendance at most courses when you log in to the VSB website or you may mail the form to the MCLE office. If a sponsor does not supply the certification, you should contact the MCLE Department to see if the course is approved and to receive further instructions.


May I seek relief from my MCLE obligations under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)?
Yes, active duty lawyers stationed outside of Virginia in a combat zone may seek relief under the SCRA for MCLE obligations by providing a copy of their orders to the VSB. Please contact the MCLE Department at (804) 775-0577 or for specific requirements. (50 U.S.C. App. §§501-596, Public Law 108-189)


If I have questions?
Please feel free to contact the MCLE Department at (804) 775-0577 or with any questions.


This information is not intended to be a complete representation of the requirements of the Virginia Supreme Court Rules or the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Regulations that govern the Virginia State Bar. For specific provision details, refer to the complete text of MCLE Regulations or contact the MCLE office.

Updated: Aug 05, 2021