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General Provisions

  • The annual CLE requirement for Kentucky attorneys is 12.0 total credits, of which at least 2.0 must be designated ethics (as it is defined by SCR 3.600(8)).
  • The educational year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
  • The deadline to timely complete attendance is June 30.
  • The deadline to timely report attendance is the August 10 immediately following the June 30 end of the year. Attendance reports received after August 10 must be accompanied by a $50 late fee for each report. The absolute deadline to late report attendance from the prior educational year is June 30 of the current educational year.
  • Credits in excess of the minimum annual CLE requirement will carry-forward to the next educational year, up to a maximum of 24, including up to 4 ethics credits.
  • Kentucky uses a 60 minute credit hour, and credits are granted in quarter-hour increments.
  • Members may only receive CLE credits for completing programs that have been accredited. Program providers/sponsors often apply for accreditation of programs, but KBA members may also apply for accreditation by completing and submitting Form 1, Application for Accreditation. The application requires a $20 application fee, a time specific agenda or outline, a description of the written materials made available to attendees at the time of the program, and brief bios on speakers/presenters.

 Types of Credits and How to Report Them

  • Members may attend live programs (in person attendance, teleseminars, and webinars) that meet the standards set forth in SCR 3.650, and may report this attendance using Form 3, Certificate of Attendance.
  • Members may claim up to 6 credits of non-live credits per educational year (online, DVD, CD, video, and audio format). Excess non-live credits will not carry-forward.
  • Attendance/completion of live and non-live programs are reported using Form 3, Certificate of Attendance.
  • Members may earn CLE credits by presenting an approved CLE activity or by preparing materials to be presented at an approved activity, up to 12 hours per educational year. These activities are reported using Form 3, Certificate of Attendance.
    • For preparation to present or of materials, 1 credit is earned for every 2 hours of preparation.
  • Members may earn credits through the publication of legal writing, as defined by SCR 3.600(10), and report such credits using Form 2, Application for CLE Credit for Publication of Legal Writing.
    • There is a 6 credit limit on legal writing CLE credit per educational year.
  • Members may earn credits through qualified law-related public speaking/service, and report such credits using Form 4, Application for CLE Credit for Public Service Activity.
    • Only 2 public service CLE credits may be awarded per educational year.
  • Members may earn credits for law school classes completed, provided that the member registers for the law school class and completes the course as required for credit or audit.
    • Credit will equal twice the number of credit hours completed for the course.

Non-Compliance With the Annual Requirements

  • Members who do not meet the mandatory minimum annual CLE requirement will be certified as non-compliant to the Board of Governors and required to show cause why they should not be suspended or otherwise sanctioned. Members are fined and suspended for CLE non-compliance each year.
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