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Effective January 1, 2021, CLE attendance requirements have changed. There is no longer an ethics "biennium" of three hours every two years. Attorneys will now be required to attend one hour of legal ethics and one hour of either "attorney wellness" or "diversity and inclusion." This does not apply to CLE attendance for calendar year 2020, for which the report is due March 10, 2021. To learn more, attorneys may refer to the FAQ for Attorneys. Sponsors, please refer to the FAQ for Sponsors

Are you a CLE sponsor with a program that was affected by COVID-19? Information for CLE providers regarding cancelled or postponed CLE events can be found here.

Effective August 28, 2020, the six-hour cap on unmoderated (on-demand) CLE has been lifted permanently. Attorneys may earn all of their CLE credit via on-demand programs, live programs, or a combination thereof. 

CLE Requirements

Compliance date: December 31

Reporting date: March 10

Compliance group: All attorneys report annually.

Minutes per credit hour: 60 minutes

Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report completion of CLE requirements at the end of each reporting period.

Information for Iowa lawyers on how to get CLE accredited 

Information for CLE sponsors on how to get CLE accredited

List of CLE events approved for 2019 (in excel format)

List of CLE events approved for 2020 (in excel format)

Overview of 2019 Filing Season

During calendar year 2019, 12,510 applications for CLE accreditation were considered. This was an increase of 278 submissions over calendar year 2018, in which 12,232 applications for accreditation were considered. 2019 was a record year for accreditation applications, surpassing the prior record of 12,242 set in 2015, when unmoderated CLE was expanded. Of the 12,510 individual applications for accreditation considered in 2019, 11,840 applications (95%) were approved in whole or in part.

In 2019 there were 9,566 “live” CLE events approved for accreditation for Iowa’s lawyers. These events consisted of in-person, telephonic and webinar based CLE. This was 171 fewer than in 2018, which had 9,737. For the past three years, approximately 80% of all CLE accredited for Iowa’s lawyers have been in the “live” category. During 2019, a total of 2,274 unmoderated events were accredited for Iowa’s lawyers. This compares to 2,256 unmoderated events in 2018 and 2,107 unmoderated events in 2017. Over the past three years, the number of unmoderated events has been approximately 18-20% of all CLE approved for Iowa’s lawyers.



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