RULE CHANGE: Effective May 1, 2019, Maine's Continuing Legal Education Rule, Maine Bar Rule 5, was comprehensively amended by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Members of the bar are encouraged to review the amended rules as significant changes have been adopted. Of note, the annual registration and reporting of CLE credits have been bifurcated. The annual registration of attorneys will begin on July 1st as usual. Starting January 1, 2020, and each year thereafter, attorneys shall demonstrate CLE for the prior calendar year.
In order to transition from a fiscal year to a calendar year CLE reporting system, attorneys will report for calendar years 2018 (11 credits) and the 2019 CLE requirements (12) credits, for a total of 23 credits beginning January 1, 2020.
Check your CLE Credits Regularly
All active attorneys are encouraged to review their MyBoardAccess account on a regular basis to confirm yours credits and/or deficiencies. Accounts are updated hourly.
Attorney Application for Course Accreditation
If the program sponsor chooses not to submit an application for accreditation of a program, an individual attorney may submit an application, together with the requisite fee, in advance of, but no later than 60 days following the program completion date. A late fee will be assessed for untimely submissions.
Application for Self-Study Credits
Attorneys may earn up to five of the credit hours may through self-study programs as defined in Rule 5(h)(1)(B). The following programs may qualify for self-study credit:
- "Independent Study" — viewing or listening to a pre-recorded CLE audio, video, digital media, or other such programs;
- "Authorship" — upon written request, attorneys may be awarded ethics and professionalism credit hours each calendar year for authoring or co-authoring written material that is published in a legal periodical, journal, book, or treatise approved by the CLE Committee; and
- "Volunteer Service" — upon written request, attorneys may be awarded up to three ethics and professionalism credit hours each calendar year for their volunteer service as members of a board, commission, or committee established by the Court or the Board, which is primarily concerned with ethics or professional responsibility. Credits may also be awarded to court-appointed receivers and monitors.
Attorney may submit an Application for Self-Study Credits, together with the requisite fee, no later than 60 days following the program completion date of the self-study activity. A late fee will be assessed for untimely submissions.
Admission by Motion
Attorneys seeking admission to the Maine bar by motion (see full text of Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A) may do so upon completion of at least fifteen (15) hours of continuing legal education on Maine practice and procedure. Such CLE credit hours must be completed within one year immediately preceding the date on which the applicant is certified for admission. The fifteen-hour requirement includes at least two credit hours primarily concerned with issue of ethics of professional responsibility and may be earned by attending live courses, in-office courses, self-study, or a combination thereof. Of the remaining thirteen hours, no more than seven credit hours may be earned through in-office or self-study courses.