New Admittee Credits

Within 12 months of admission to the ISB, Idaho Bar Commission Rule (IBCR) 402(f) requires each active or house counsel member to complete at least 10 New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) continuing legal education (CLE) credits.  NAC-Approved CLE Credits address Idaho practice, procedure and/or ethics.  Of these 10 NAC-Approved CLE credits, attorneys shall complete courses specifically addressing Idaho substantive law on ethics, civil and criminal procedure, and community property.  The NAC-Approved CLE credits completed by an attorney in his or her first year of admission to the ISB will be counted towards satisfying the 30 CLE credit hour requirement in Idaho Bar Commission Rule 402(a)(1).

A new active or house counsel member who has actively practiced law for less than 3 years in any jurisdiction prior to admission to the ISB must also complete the New Attorney Program within the first year of admission to the ISB.  The New Attorney Program consists of an introduction to practice, procedure and ethics. The New Attorney Program is held twice a year in Boise in the spring and the fall on the morning of each Admission Ceremony. It is not available online or as a recorded program.

Idaho Bar Commission Rules Section IV - Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

Requirements

  • Complete at least ten New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) credits within one year following admission.
  • Complete courses specifically addressing the following Idaho substantive law topics: ethics, civil and criminal procedure, and community property.
  • If the attorney has not practiced law for at least three years prior to admission, complete the New Attorney Program within one year following admission.

New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) Courses

New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) credits can only be earned through courses on Idaho practice, procedure and ethics that have been approved by the Idaho State Bar.  Approved courses can be identified by the "NAC" (New Admittee Credit) designation.  Check our list of Upcoming CLE Courses and our Video/Audio Rental List for NAC courses.  We also have NAC-Approved Online Courses.  Remember to look for the NAC designation when choosing a rental or online course.

If you are interested in attending a course on Idaho practice, procedure or ethics, but it is not NAC-Approved, contact the MCLE Department at (208) 334-4500 to discuss the possibility of NAC approval.

Idaho Substantive Law Courses

The required Idaho Substantive Law Courses on ethics, civil and criminal procedure, and community property are available as online-on demand courses. All new active and house counsel members must complete these courses as part of their ten Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) requirement.

Available Idaho Substantive Law Courses

New Attorney Program

All new active and house counsel members who have not practiced law for at least three years prior to admission, must complete the New Attorney Program (NAP) within one year following admission. Credits from the New Attorney Program can be applied to the ten Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) requirement.

The New Attorney Program is only held in Boise in the spring and fall on the day following the admission ceremony for the bar examination applicants.  It is not available as a rental program or online.  Please check the ILF/ISB Courses page or contact the Legal Education Department for specific dates.

Deadlines

New active and house counsel attorneys must meet the requirements of IBCR 402(f) within one year following admission to the Idaho State Bar.  The one year will begin the day the attorney is admitted to the Idaho State Bar. Attorneys can request a one year hardship extension to complete the requirements. Failure to meet the requirements by the deadline can result in cancelation of the attorney's license to practice law in Idaho.

Certification of Compliance

Following admission to the Idaho State Bar, active and house counsel members will receive a letter from the Licensing Department and a certificate of compliance with IBCR 402(f).  This certificate showing the new admittee credits earned must be submitted to the Licensing Department by the end of the attorney’s one year deadline. A copy of the certificate is available online: New Admittee Credit Certificate of Compliance. PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

Who to Contact

Please contact us at (208) 334-4500 if you have any questions:

Kim Thompson:  Questions about meeting the NAC requirements -- certificate of compliance, number of credits still needed, self study v. not self study, deadlines, etc.

Dayna Ferrero:  Information on and registering for upcoming New Attorney Programs or other Idaho Law Foundation or Idaho State Bar RAC approved courses.

Josh Dages:  Information on availability of and renting NAC approved video/audio courses.

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