CLE Reciprocity

Some states offer the opportunity for attorneys licensed in that state to earn CLE credits for activities accredited in other jurisdictions.

Some states list “approved jurisdictions” while others detail a myriad of restrictions.

[Updated March, 2011]

 

StateReciprocityDescription
AlabamaNo
AlaskaYesAlaska Bar members may claim credit for attendance at CLE programs offered in or from other states if the program has been accredited by another MCLE jurisdiction
ArizonaYes (since the state does not accredit programs)The State Bar of Arizona does not accredit programs for the MCLE requirement. The Rules and Regulations are predicated on the assumption that attorneys can evaluate CLE activities offered based on the guidelines and report their activities by affidavit.
ArkansasYesUpon receipt of a completed certificate of attendance form confirming attendance at an out-of-state continuing legal education program approved by the situs state, the attorney shall be entitled to CLE credits in Arkansas
CaliforniaYesA California attorney can claim California MCLE credit for education activities attended/taken outside California, provided that: the attorney is outside California when attending/taking the activity, the activity is the type of activity that can be approved for California MCLE credit, and the activity is approved by an Approved Jurisdiction which includes all states EXCEPT Alaska, Hawaii and Nebraska. And for activity approved in International jurisdictions including England and Wales, Hong Kong, Victoria-Austrailia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
ColoradoYesSubmit a Colorado Affidavit form or the "Uniform Certificate of Attendance" provided by the sponsor along with a statement certifying that the CLE program is accredited in another mandatory CLE state.
ConnecticutNo Mandatory CLE Requirement
DelawareNo
FloridaYesCourses approved by other state bars are generally acceptable for use toward satisfying CLE requirement but attorneys must first submit a CLE Application for Course Attendance Credit
GeorgiaNo
HawaiiYesHawaii bar attorneys may claim MCPE or VCLE credit for CLE activities attended outside Hawaii provided that: The member is outside Hawaii when attending the live in-person course. Electronic alternate format courses taken in Hawaii regardless of where the course or activity originates must be approved for credit by the Hawaii State Board of CLE; The course or activity is the type of course or activity that could be approved for MCPE or VCLE credit by the Hawaii State Board of CLE; and the course is approved by an approved jurisdiction which includes all states except Nebraska. Or, approved by the following international jurisdictions: England and Wales, Guam, Hong Kong, Victoria-Austrailia, U.S. Virgin Islands
IdahoNo
IllinoisNo
IndianaNo
IowaNo
KansasNo
KentuckyNo
LouisianaNo
MaineYesCredit hours for activities approved by another MCLE state will be accepted for identical credit by the Board of Overseers of the Bar in Maine upon the Board’s receipt of evidence of such certification as issued by that state
MarylandNo Mandatory CLE Requirement
MassachusettsNo Mandatory CLE Requirement
MichiganNo Mandatory CLE Requirement
MinnesotaNo
MississippiNo
MissouriNo
MontanaYesMontana will honor the approval given by other CLE jurisdictions, so if a seminar has been approved for CLE credit in the state in which it is held, there is no need to apply for approval of CLE credit in Montana. Simply attach documentation of the other state's approval to your affidavit at the end of the reporting year
NebraskaNo
NevadaNo
New HampshireNo
New MexicoNo
New JerseyYesNew Jersey attorneys who are taking courses approved for CLE by another state will receive 1:1 credit for courses approved in that jurisdiction through reciprocity. This includes courses held in NJ and accredited only in another state.
New YorkYesIf consistent with New York rules for traditional-live courses taken outside of New york or non-traditional courses where provider is not headquartered in New York, attorneys may claim New York CLE hours if accredited in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California (for courses more than 60 minutes in length), Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin. And for activity in international jurisdictions including Law Society of Hong Kong, Law Society of England and Wales, and Solicitors Regulation Authority (for courses at least 60 minutes in length)
North CarolinaNo
North DakotaYesPolicy 1.14: Out-of-State Courses.
Courses sponsored by state bar associations are presumptively approved, as are courses approved by a CLE body of a state with mandatory CLE.
OhioNo
OklahomaNo
OregonYesA member whose principal office for the practice of law is in Idaho, Utah or Washington may comply with Rule 3.5(a) by attaching to the compliance report required by MCLE Rule 7.1 a copy of the member’s certificate of compliance with the MCLE requirements of the state in which the member’s principal office is located
PennsylvaniaNo
Rhode IslandNo
South CarolinaNo
South DakotaNo Mandatory CLE Requirement
TennesseeNo
TexasNo
UtahNo
VermontNo
VirginiaNo
WashingtonYesIf you are an Active member of the WSBA and your primary office for the practice of law is outside of Washington, and if you are a member of the Oregon, Idaho, or Utah state bars ("comity" states), you may meet your Washington MCLE requirements by providing proof of current MCLE compliance from your comity state bar
West VirginiaYesAll Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) members are considered as presumptively accredited providers in West Virginia
WisconsinYesExcept for repeated on-demand programs as defined in SCR 31.01(6m), self-study courses as defined in CLE 1.02, and courses explicitly disapproved in Wisconsin, courses approved for CLE credit by, and attended in, any other state are deemed approved for the same number of hours and for the same purposes in Wisconsin.
WyomingNo

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1 Valerie Post March 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Arkansas accepts all states.

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2 Mark Rosch September 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Tim, Thanks for updating this. As you know, this is one of the hardest things to figure out. One item I’d share is that while West Virginia may not offer reciprocity, they (apparently) consider all ACLEA members in good standing to be “presumptively approved providers.” See http://www.wvbar.org/shared/content/mcle/MCLE_REGULATIONS.pdf ; page 8. I have seen this same information previously from other official (West Virginia CLE Commission) sources, but cannot locate it now.

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3 Tim Baran September 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Mark, I recall reading about this very unique allowance, but totally missed it on the chart. Thanks for the heads up! So, I guess if I, as an ACLEA member offer a course, it’s automatically accredited in WV? Hmm. I’ll double check with West Virginia regulators before adding :-)

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4 rewinn December 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Thanks for this helpful table. I’m not sure that it’s complete for Washington State (my state) since the table is describing “comity” not “reciprocity”. Comity is for lawyers who are mostly practicing out-of-state, whereas reciprocity is for lawyers who just want to take a course that’s out of state.

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