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How is credit calculated for teaching an accredited CLE course or activity?

An attorney may earn Illinois teaching credits for teaching a CLE course accredited by the MCLE Board. The attorney may teach the accredited course, or segment of the course, either individually or as part of a panel. If the Commission on Professionalism approves all or a portion of the course for professional responsibility (PR) credit, then CLE credit earned for teaching the approved hours is also approved for PR credit:

  • An attorney is not permitted to earn attendance credit for a course, or segment of a course, that they teach.  However, an attorney may earn attendance credit for other segments of the accredited course that they do not teach either individually or as part of a panel. 
  • Most moderators of an accredited CLE course are not eligible to earn teaching credit for that role.  Instead, they may earn attendance credit for the course or segment that they moderate.

    The exception: if a moderator is an active and substantive contributor to a panel presentation and is identified as a "moderator/panelist" in the timed agenda, the attorney is eligible for panelist teaching time.
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 with preparation time based on each speaker’s share of teaching.  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.

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