Accreditation Requirements

A CLE course is accredited in Illinois in one of two ways: through an individual (per course) application, or because it is offered by an Accredited Provider (whose courses are presumptively approved). Most providers who offer quality legal education fall into the first category; larger and/or more experienced providers generally fall into the second.

Individual Course Application Deadlines and Fees

Individual course providers will pay application fees based on the following schedule. Each presentation of the same live program requires its own application with application fee (including any late fees). Recorded courses may be accredited for up to two years.


Item Description Deadline to Submit in PCAM and Pay Fee
Course Application On or before course start date $50.00
30-day course late fee 1-30 days after course start date $125.00 (plus $50 course application fee)
Two-year course late fee 31-730 days after course start date $500.00 (plus $50 course application fee and $125.00 30-day course late fee)

Example: to apply on August 5, 2015 to accredit a June 20, 2014 course, the provider will pay application and late fees of $675.00.


An individual provider who has accredited at least 10 courses in PCAM (within the past 2 years) may request an application to be an Accredited Provider. The application must be submitted and the annual accreditation fee received by May 15 for a July 1st start date, and by November 15 for a January 1st start date.


See section below for required Monthly Attendance Reporting Fees and Deadlines.


For more information about Individual Course Provider Fees, see the Court's Fee Schedule PDF.

Individual course provider responsibilities

An individual course provider has many responsibilities, which begin with submitting a course and continue well after the course is held. Please see the following document, which summarizes the responsibilities of an individual course provider:


Individual Course Provider Course Checklist and Responsibilities

Accredited Provider Fees and Deadlines

Accredited Providers will pay an annual fee based on the provider's entity type only. After
July 1, 2015 the annual fee will not be based on the number of courses held or whether or not attorneys are charged a fee to attend courses.

Entity Type Annual Fee
  • Bar Associations and Professional Organizations with equal to or greater than 50% Illinois licensed attorney membership,
  • Government entities,
  • Nonprofits offering courses or activities designed to train lawyers who have agreed to provide pro bono services, and
  • Lawyers' Assistance Program
$300.00
Bar Associations and Professional Organization with less than 50% Illinois licensed attorney membership $2,000.00
All other CLE Providers $3,000.00

See section below for required Monthly Attendance Reporting Fees and Deadlines.


For more information about Accredited Provider fees, see the Court's Fee Schedule PDF.

Accredited Provider responsibilities

An Accredited Provider has many responsibilities, which begin when you offer a course and continue well after the course is held. Please see the following documents, which summarize the responsibilities of an Accredited Provider:


Accredited Provider Checklist and Responsibilities

Monthly Attendance Reporting Deadlines and Fees for All Providers

Monthly Attendance Reporting Requirements

Item Description Deadline Fee
Attendance report (entity types: (1) Bar associations and professional organizations with greater than 50% Illinois attorney members, (2) government entities, (3) nonprofits offering courses designed to train lawyers who have agreed to provide pro bono services, and (4) Lawyers' Assistance Program Last day of the month following the month in which (1) the live course eneded or (2) the recorded course was listed in PCAM as credit eligible $0.00
Attendance report (entity types: (Bar associations and professional organizations with less than 50% Illinois attorney members, (2) all other CLE providers) Last day of the month following the month in which (1) the live course eneded or (2) the recorded course was listed in PCAM as credit eligible $0.75 per accredited hour for each attorney issued Illinois MCEL credit
Attendance late fee Late fee added for attendance data entered or fee paid after the last day of the month following the month in which (1) the live course ended or (2) the recorded course was listed in PCAM as credit eligible $25.00

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What are the standards for course accreditation?

These are found in the MCLE Rules, specifically Rule 795(a), and explained further in the "Questions and Forms" section ...

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What are the general requirements for an individual course application?

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What items must be submitted when completing an individual course application?

An application for each proposed course or activity must include all these items ...

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As an Accredited Provider, how do I complete the required Annual Report?

We strongly encourage making your annual report easier by working on it during the accreditation year simply by entering courses and reporting attendance at least quarterly ...

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What are a provider’s responsibilities after accrediting a course?

Illinois is a self-reporting state. Attorneys maintain their own records of MCLE compliance and rely solely on attendance and/or teaching certificates from the provider ...

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