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How do I claim Illinois CLE credit for attending or teaching a qualifying live out-of-state or live technology course and add it to My MCLE list of reported credits?


To claim attendance or teaching CLE credit for a qualifying out-of-state course, you must add that credit to your MCLE record on the MCLE Board’s website. You must also pay a $15.00 non-refundable flat fee for each qualifying out-of-state course for which you claim Illinois CLE credit. After adding the credit and paying the $15.00 fee, the course will be added to your My MCLE list of reported credits.

When adding the credit to your record on the MCLE Board’s website, you have the option to request that the Commission on Professionalism approve all or a portion of the course for Illinois professional responsibility (PR) credit. There is no additional fee to request PR credit.

Calculating Illinois CLE Credit for Attending a Qualifying Course
When adding credit for attendance at a qualifying course, you may notice that the Illinois CLE credits you earn don’t match the number the of credits documented on your attendance certificate from the course. These two numbers may differ because one or both of these situations applies:
  1. The course was approved in a 50-minute state so the hours are converted to Illinois' 60-minute hour;
  2. Illinois rounds total credits down to the nearest quarter hour.
To add this type of credit to your record, login to the MCLE Board's website here, then click the “I want to...” drop down menu in the upper right corner, and select “Add Out-of-State Credits”. Then follow the steps to add the attendance credit. During the process you will need to upload proof of your attendance at the course. 

After inputting the required information, you will be promoted to pay the $15.00 flat fee by credit card or check.  The general Illinois CLE credits from this activity will automatically be added to your list of reported credits after the Board receives the $15.00 payment. 

Calculating Illinois CLE Credit for Teaching a Qualifying Course
Total teaching credit = actual presentation time plus six times that number counted as preparation time. If the course, or session of the course, is taught by more than one teacher, actual teaching time is divided by the number of teachers. This is true even if the other teachers are not attorneys.

An attorney earns full credit the first time the attorney teaches a course, then earns one-half credit for teaching the same course a second time. After the second time, no credit is earned for teaching that same course.

Our system will automatically calculate the amount of Illinois CLE credit you earn when adding teaching credit based on the MCLE Rules for teaching CLE credit in Illinois. You’ll enter the needed information to make that calculation during the entry process.

To add this type of credit to your record, login to the MCLE Board's website here, then click the “I want to...” drop down menu in the upper right corner, and select “Add Out-of-State Credits”. Then follow the steps to add the attendance credit. During the process you will need to upload proof of your attendance at the course. 

After inputting the required information, you will be prompted to pay the $15.00 flat fee by credit card or check.  The general Illinois CLE credits from this activity will automatically be added to your list of reported credits after the Board receives the $15.00 payment. 

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