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How are professional responsibility courses or activities approved?

To qualify for PR credit, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (Commission) must review and approve the qualifying course or segment. Convenient procedures exist within PCAM:

An Accredited Provider enters a course in PCAM, completing the professional responsibility (PR) section. PCAM sends that information electronically to the Commission, which reviews it and conveys its decision via email. Look in the provider’s PCAM Correspondence for the text of that email.

An individual course provider submits a course application (including required attachments, application fee, and applicable late fees) and completes the PR credit section of the application. The MCLE Board reviews the application based on the accreditation standards for general CLE credit. If the Board approves it, PCAM automatically sends information to the Commission, which reviews the PR request based on its accreditation standards and conveys its decision via email. Look in the provider’s PCAM Correspondence tab for the text of that email.

For each two-year reporting period, Illinois attorneys must complete 30 total hours of CLE credit, including six PR credits. Of those six PR hours, attorneys must complete one hour of diversity/inclusion PR and one hour of mental health/substance abuse PR.

To request PR credit when submitting courses in PCAM, select one of the five PR areas (professionalism, civility, legal ethics, diversity/inclusion, or mental health/substance abuse) for each requested PR segment. For more information, refer to the Commission on Professionalism CLE Guidelines.

In PCAM, you can hover over “Courses” and click on “Manage Courses” to see a course’s status. For PR credit questions, contact the Commission at 2civility.org or 312-363-6210.

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