Continuing legal education (CLE) credits are earned by taking part in certain organized legal educational activities. To receive credit for the activity, its primary focus must be the increase of professional competence of registered attorneys and judges, and it must deal with subject matter directly related to the practice of law or the performance of judicial duties.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many credits do I have to earn, and how much time do I have to earn them?
--You must earn forty-five general credits over a compliance period of three calendar years. Seven of these credits must be in legal ethics. Credits are units of value assigned to a qualifying activity usually on the basis of the time you are involved in the activity.
--The initial compliance period for newly admitted attorneys includes the balance of the year in which they are admitted plus the three subsequent calendar years.
What kinds of activities may I complete to earn credits? How do I get them accredited?
--LIVE PROGRAMS. You may obtain credit for attending live programs. It is important that you are certain that a program is accredited before attending. Contact the sponsor of the program, or consult the Board's CLE Index to determine if a program is accredited.
If the program is not accredited a form 1 must be submitted by you or the program sponsor with the required fee. The sponsor must be recognized, if not a form 2 must be submitted. See information below regarding programs accredited in another mandatory CLE state.
--GRADUATE LEGAL STUDY. You may obtain credit for graduate level legal courses and courses taken in pursuit of an LLM degree. The courses must be administered by an accredited law school. Submit the Board's Form 1A.
--PRO BONO. You may obtain credit for participating in qualified pro bono or mentoring activities. See Rule 260.8. Submit the Board's Form 8.
--HOMESTUDY. You may obtain credit for activity generally referred to as "homestudy" provided the activity (1) is a structured course of study, (2) is organized by an eligible sponsor, (3) includes the use of thorough, high-quality written materials, available to the attorney or judge completing the course, and (4) incorporates some other educational medium, such as video or audio tapes, correspondence work, testing or individual conferences. Regulation 103(j). Contact the sponsor of the course, or consult the Board's CLE Index to determine if a course is accredited. To get a program accredited, the sponsor must submit the Board's Form 4.
--TEACHING. You may obtain credit for a teaching activity that contributes to your continuing legal education and that of other attorneys or judges. Regulation 103(g). Submit the Board's Form 5.
--PUBLISHED RESEARCH. You may obtain credit for published research provided the activity (1) has produced published findings personally authored, in whole or part, by the applicant, (2) contributes substantially to the continuing legal education of the applicant and other attorneys or judges, and (3) is not done in the ordinary course of the practice of law, the performance of judicial duties or other regular employment. Regulation 103(h). Submit the Board's Form 6.
--COMMITTEE RESEARCH. You may obtain credit for research conducted on behalf of a committee if the activity provided substantial educational value to attorneys and judges outside the committee. The activity (1) must have produced written materials, personally authored, in whole or part, by the applicant, (2) must have contributed substantially to the continuing legal education of the applicant and other attorneys and judges, and (3) must not have been done in the ordinary course of the practice of law, the performance of judicial duties or other regular employment. Regulation 103(i). Submit the Board's Form 6A.
--SELF ADMINISTERED STUDY. You may obtain credit for an activity that involves substantial active participation in an educational endeavor which is beneficial to your practice. The activity must include interaction between the applicant and another professional. It cannot be part of the applicant's ordinary law practice. A written work product must be submitted at the conclusion of your study. Regulation 103(j). Submit the Board's Form 7 at least forty-five days before commencing the activity.
--INDIVIDUAL CREDIT. You may obtain credit for an activity which otherwise may have been denied accreditation. To receive credit, the activity must have contributed substantially to the attorney's particular area of practice. Contact the Board's office for details.
How do I find out how many credits I've earned, how many more I need or what my compliance period is?
--When you have complied, you will receive a confirming e-mail during the last year of your current compliance period. If you have not complied, the Board will send you an e-mail, in May of the last year of your current compliance period with information and guidelines explaining how to remedy your deficiency. (A final notice will be sent in November if you have not complied by that time.)--To view a copy of your transcript please go to our CLE homepage.
How do I find out what programs have been accredited by the Board and the number of credits awarded?
--On the CLE homepage please click on the link at the bottom of the page of Accredited seminars.
How do I find out what homestudy programs are accredited?
--On the CLE homepage please click on the link at the bottom of the page of Accredited homestudy programs.
How do I report credits earned?
--For programs held in Colorado, the sponsor of the program will give you the Board's Affidavit to complete, and will submit it to the Board for you.
--For programs held outside of Colorado, submit to the Board a photocopy of your Colorado Affidavit form.
I can't find my Colorado Affidavit form. How do I get a replacement?
-- Please go to our CLE homepage and view transcripts.
May I apply credits earned in another mandatory CLE state toward my Colorado requirements?
--Generally, yes. Submit a Colorado Affidavit form with the section entitled "accreditation in another (mandatory CLE) state" completed. Or, submit the "Uniform Certificate of Attendance" (provided by some sponsors of CLE programs) along with a statement certifying that the CLE program is accredited in another mandatory CLE state. Also, indicate the name of the state and the number of credits awarded by that state.
May I receive CLE credits for my firm's or business' in-house programs?
--No. The Board does not award credits for programs where attendance is limited to members of a particular law firm, corporation or other business entity. However, an in-house program may be accredited if attendance is not limited. This regulation does not apply to professional associations nor to activities sponsored by an agency for the benefit of attorneys or judges who are employees of a local, state or federal governmental unit. Regulation 103(c).
I'm not practicing law in Colorado. Do I have to continue earning CLE credits?
--Yes. Unless you file for inactive status, you must comply with the requirements of Rule 260. If you take inactive status, CLE requirements are suspended for the time you are inactive. You may not practice law in Colorado if your license is inactive.
How do I report a change of address and/or name?
--Report name and address changes to the Office of Attorney Registration:
Please include your Colorado Attorney Registration Number in all correspondence that you send to the Board, using the address below:
Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education