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Extensions of Time

Hardship Extension of Time

Granted to members who can show “hardship or other good cause clearly warranting relief.” Documentation of the hardship is required and the hardship is generally medically related.

  •  Must apply for the extension AND earn and report the needed credits by September 10 following the June 30 end of the educational year.

Non-Hardship Extension of Time

Granted if members cannot show cause for a Hardship Extension.

  • Must apply for the extension, pay the required fee, AND report the needed credits by September 10 following the June 30 end of the educational year.

Hardship Exemptions

Financial difficulties do not constitute a “hardship” under the Supreme Court Rules.

Temporary Hardship Exemption

Granted to members for 1 educational year upon showing “undue hardship by reason of disability, sickness, or other clearly mitigating circumstances.” Typically this exemption is granted upon medical-related reasons (suffered by the applicant or applicant’s family member; supporting documentation is required.

 

Military Exemption

Granted to members for 1 educational year upon a showing of active duty military service during any part of that year.

 

Permanent Hardship Exemption

Granted to members upon a showing of suffering a hardship as described above, but the disability is of a more permanent nature. This type of exemption is almost exclusively medically-related and documentation must be provided.

 

Non-Practice Exemption

Members who do not practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, may apply for a CLE Non-Practice Exemption. The holder of this exemption is still a member of the KBA in good standing, but is not authorized to practice law in Kentucky until it is removed. This exemption carries forward automatically until the holder seeks to remove it.

In order to remove a CLE Non-Practice Exemption, members must earn and report sufficient CLE credit to be compliant for each year that the exemption is held, capped at 12 credits, including 2 ethics. Once the exemption is removed, the member is subject to the current year’s CLE requirement, so timing of removal is a consideration.

Other CLE Exemptions

“Lifetime” members of the KBA (age 75, or a member of the KBA for at least 50 years), and KBA members who are state or federal judges are also exempt from the CLE requirement.

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