Continuing legal education

man pushing a book with chart button on a virtual screenIn response to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a temporary order to increase the number of credits from on-demand programs that attorneys may use to satisfy their CLE reporting requirements. Effective March 17, 2020, and until December 31, 2020, please note the following:

  • Even-year reporters (2019-2020 cycle) may claim up to 30 credits from "on demand" programs. However, the mandatory three (3) legal ethics and professional responsibility credits (EPR) must be completed with live, on-line programming or with in-person courses.
  • Odd-year reporters (2018-2019 cycle) who have failed to demonstrate compliance with CLE reporting period ending December 31, 2019, may use repeated on-demand programs to satisfy deficiencies in their credit hours. However, that does not include the mandatory three (3) hours of legal ethics and professional responsibility credits (EPR), which must be completed with live, on-line programming or with in-person courses. The fee imposed for late reporting also remains in effect.
  • Lawyers required to satisfy CLE requirements as a prerequisite to reinstatement, readmission, or reactivation may satisfy 100% of their required CLE using on-demand programs for petitions, provided that make up credits are completed on or before December 31, 2020. However, that does not include the mandatory three (3) hours of legal ethics and professional responsibility credits (EPR), which must be completed with live, on-line programming or with in-person courses. The applicable fees remain in effect.

The full order may be found here.

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Continuing legal education (CLE) courses are available for the current year plus the two previous years. Enter your search criteria below. Search help.

Note: Enter a range of course start dates that you would like to search from in mm-dd-yyyy format. Example: 05-10-2017 through 05-14-2017. To search for a specific location, select desired state from the dropdown box.

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Continuing legal education reporting information

ALL attorneys will be required to electronically file their CLE report using the CLE reporting website. Go to the CLE reporting website to electronically file.

Reminders

  • CLE credits may also be claimed for "Lawyer Awareness and Understanding" and "Law Practice Management." Each category is limited to 6.0 credits per reporting period. For more details on each category, see SCR 31.02 (3) and (4).

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Board of Bar Examiners during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, except holidays) at (608) 266-9760 or bbe@wicourts.gov.

CLE Form 2

Request for Approval of Continuing Legal Education Activity Form (fillable electronic version) Adobe PDF
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A CLE Form 2 should be completed for each activity to be considered by the Board for approval for use toward the CLE requirement. An approval decision is usually made within a week; it will take longer if the request is not complete, or if the CLE Form 2 is submitted during the CLE seasonal peak (November-January). The Board no longer sends written notification of course approvals via letter. Approvals are instead added to this site. To determine course approval status, enter the course date in the "Search for courses" section above.

To submit a course for approval:

  • Print the CLE Form 2
  • Complete the form
  • Submit the form with proper materials to:
    Supreme Court of Wisconsin
    Board of Bar Examiners
    110 East Main Street, Suite 715
    P.O. Box 2748
    Madison, WI 53701-2748
    Ph: (608) 266-9760

CLE Form 4

Request for Approval of Continuing Legal Education Credit for Published Legal Writing Adobe PDF

Lawyers may request CLE credit for approved published legal writings using the CLE Form 4. A copy of the publication must accompany the completed form. Publications must meet all of the criteria pursuant to SCR 31.07(3) and the rules adopted by the Board of Bar Examiners.

The maximum number of credits that a published legal writing may receive is 15. A lawyer may not claim in excess of 15 hours for all approved legal writings in any one reporting period.

To submit legal writing for approval:

  • Print the CLE Form 4
  • Complete the form
  • Submit the form with the publication to:
    Supreme Court of Wisconsin
    Board of Bar Examiners
    110 East Main Street, Suite 715
    P.O. Box 2748
    Madison, WI 53701-2748
    Ph: (608) 266-9760