In what cases will attendance at law school courses qualify for CLE credit?
Supreme Court Rule(s) cited in this FAQ: Rule 795
In some situations, an attorney can earn CLE from this nontraditional activity by attending a J.D. or graduate level law course at an ABA-accredited law school. Credit typically is given only for taking courses after Illinois bar admission, but the Board may approve credit for courses taken before admission if the attorney establishes that it furthers CLE objectives. When auditing a course, the attorney must comply with requirements for tuition payment(s), attendance, participation, and exams.
Calculating CLE credit for attending a qualifying law school course
CLE credit is calculated based on the actual class hours attended, but the maximum earned during any newly-admitted or two-year reporting period is limited to the minimum CLE requirement for that period. Credit is accrued at the end of the course. Rule 795(d)(2).
Claiming CLE Credit for teaching a qualifying law course
For the attorney to claim credit, the law school must give the attorney a certificate stating that the attorney has complied with the course requirements and attended sufficient classes to justify course credit if the attorney was taking the course for credit. We strongly suggest the law school use the Board’s form certificate. If another certificate is used, it must contain all the information contained on the Board’s form certificate.
An attorney must also report the CLE credit they claim for attending a qualifying law school course to the MCLE Board.
Click here for information on claiming CLE for attending a qualifying law school course by adding it to your My MCLE list of reported CLE credits. The information will also include the steps to request professional responsibility CLE credit for this activity.
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