**Information collected from the American Bar Association**
There are three formats of programs where the legal community could obtain CLE credits. The eligibility of CLE credits depends on state regulations and rules. There are In-person Events, Live Webinars, and On-demand events. There are rules and regulations regarding each category that differ from state to state. Below is an overview about each format category. For more information, visit americanbar.org and explore your state’s specific qualifications necessary to earn CLEs.
In-person CLE events can encompass many different possibilities. The programs range from stand alone, one-hour events to multi-day programs with many different sessions. These could also include CLE sessions at ABA entity meetings. There are also many in-person events that are not eligible for CLE credits due to different reasons like the topics or timing issues. Please view a specific program’s description page or marketing materials for information on CLE accreditation for that program. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for CLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program. Please note that some states may not approve specific programs, formats, or topics for credit.
Live webinars and teleconferences are another format where legal professionals could obtain CLE credits. The live CLE programs delivered via online webinar or teleconference are a convenient way for the legal community to gain CLEs. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program. For each accredited webinar and teleconference, you will be provided information on how to confirm your attendance. There are some states that do not recognize live webinars and teleconferences as a legitimate format in order to obtain CLEs.
The final format of CLE events are on-demand webinars or events. This format contains recorded CLE programs provided on-demand as streaming audio or video presentations. Online courses require an active Internet connection to access. There are some states that do not accept on-demand CLE programs. For each on demand recording viewed, you will be provided information on how to access an attendance confirmation form. Based on each MCLE jurisdiction’s requirements, the ABA will either report your participation directly or just retain record of your participation. You may need self-report your participation depending on your jurisdiction. The Certificate of Attendance will note your state’s specific reporting requirement.