Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
- Section IV of the Idaho Bar Commission Rules governs the MCLE accreditation and reporting requirements.
- An organization or Idaho attorney may apply for accreditation of a CLE activity. To apply for credit, submit an Application for MCLE Credit along with a complete course schedule. The course schedule must include the topics covered and must have a full time breakdown for the course. Allow 3-4 weeks for processing.
- All applications for accreditation of CLE programs submitted by organizations, including those from presumptively accredited organizations, must be accompanied by the $40.00 application fee. The application fee cannot be paid for by credit card.
- Idaho State Bar members who are not applying on behalf of the organization sponsoring the course do not have to pay the application fee.
- While we prefer our own application form, you may use the Oracle Form 1: Uniform Application for Accreditation of Continuing Legal Education Activity.
- Idaho uses a 60 minute hour and does not give credit for breaks or welcome/introductions. Partial credit may be granted for presentations given during meals. Question and answer sessions more than thirty minutes in length will be reviewed.
- Ethics credits will only be granted for time spent on legal ethics/professional responsibility. Instruction on ethical requirements for other professions will not be approved for Idaho MCLE ethics credit, but may still qualify for general MCLE credit. The specific ethics topics and times must be clearly indicated on the course schedule to receive approval. If the ethics topics and times are not clearly delineated, ethics credits will not be granted.
- Accreditation in another state does not mean that a course will automatically accredited in Idaho. Application for Idaho MCLE must be made.
- Accreditation will be good for the calendar year in which it was given. A new application does not have to be submitted if the course is held again within the same calendar year and if it is exactly the same (same topics, same times and same speakers). Written notification of the new courses dates should be submitted as soon as they are scheduled. If a course is held again in the following calendar year, it must be applied for again.
- Recorded courses (on disk, tape or online) may qualify for Idaho MCLE credit. They need to be applied for the same way live courses are. A description of the legal education topics and the length of the recording in minutes must accompany the application. The number of credits approved in another state does not suffice as the recording length. A schedule from the original live presentation is acceptable as long is it is accompanied by a statement from the sponsor that the tape is an exact copy of the original course with no editing or changing. Text based computer courses do not qualify for Idaho MCLE credit.
- Idaho State Bar members who taught other attorneys at ISB approved courses may apply for teaching credit after the course is held. To apply for credit, submit an Application for MCLE Teaching Credit along with a complete course schedule. The course schedule must include the topics covered, a full time breakdown for the course and must show what portions the attorney taught. Allow 3-4 weeks for processing.
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