CLE Compliance

What is required for CLE Compliance?

Minnesota-licensed lawyers on active status must report at least 45 continuing legal education (CLE) credit hours every three years.

Included in the 45 credit hours must be a minimum of 3 ethics or professional responsibility credit hours and a minimum of 2 elimination of bias credit hours. A lawyer may claim up to 30 hours of credit within the 45 hour CLE period for on-demand courses as defined in Rule 2R.

What’s a CLE category? All Minnesota licensed lawyers are assigned to one of three reporting categories for CLE purposes. Log into OASIS or search for your name in MARS to find your CLE category.

Lawyer Reporting Categories

  • Category 1: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024; July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2027
  • Category 2: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022; July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025
  • Category 3: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023; July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026

Next Filing Deadline: Category 3 lawyers report by August 31, 2023.

Report CLE: There are two ways to report CLE attendance at approved courses :

1. Report attendance online using OASIS, or

2. Report attendance on a paper Affidavit of CLE Compliance form and mail it to the CLE office. There’s a $10 paper affidavit fee if you do not report in OASIS.

Reporting Deadline: August 31 following the end of your reporting period.

June 30 to August 31 Period: The Rules do not require that you report your compliance by June 30 (the last day of the reporting period). The Rules do require that you report your compliance by August 31.

If you have not met your CLE requirements by June 30, you may attend courses and complete CLE requirements between July 1 and August 31 without requesting a formal extension from the Board. But you must report your CLE compliance by August 31.

See Rule 9 for additional information about the filing deadline.

When is a Late Fee Due? A $75 late fee is charged if you report your CLE after August 31 of your reporting year, even if you have asked for and received an extension.

See Rule 9(D) for additional information about the late filing fee.

Why Request an Extension? If a lawyer cannot finish the CLE courses before the August 31 deadline, the lawyer should ask for an extension. If you have an extension, the CLE office staff marks your record to show that you intend to comply by a certain date. You will still owe a $75 late fee. But if you have been given an extension, your license will stay in good standing during the extension period.

How to request an extension?*

1. Online: Log into your OASIS account. Click on “Apply for Extension” on the left side of the Attorney home page.

2. In writing: Send your request in writing to the Board office.

*If you request an extension past December 31, please complete this detailed plan. Without this plan your request will only be granted through December 31.

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