With August in full-force and 2018 two-thirds of the way over, it’s critical that lawyers take a moment to check their MCLE status. The end of the year is approaching and, if it’s your year to report, you must have all your MCLE requirements completed by this December 31st. This applies to both law firm attorneys and those lawyers practicing in corporate legal departments.
The below highlights reporting information as it pertains to Washington attorneys. If you’re a non-Washington lawyer, you can learn of your State’s reporting requirements by visiting the American Bar Association’s website. MCLE information by jurisdiction is accessible here.
Washington’s Reporting Requirements
Attorneys, administrative law judges, and in-house counsel in Washington State must comply with the following requirements:
- Complete 45 approved MCLE credits within every applicable 3-year reporting period. Learn of your reporting period here.
- Of the 45 credits, attorneys must complete at least: 15 law and legal procedure credits and six ethics credits.
- Lawyers cannot earn more than 8 credits in a day.
- Credits must get earned by December 31 of the third year of a lawyer’s reporting period.
- Credits must get certified by February 1 of the year following a reporting period.
- If the above requirements are not met, late fees of $150 start to get assessed and increase by $300 for every consecutive period of late compliance.
Track your Status via the MCLE Online System
Attorneys can easily check their reporting status by logging into the MCLE Online System. The MCLE Online System is accessible here. Once a lawyer logs in, he can determine: whether this year is a reporting period, the total number of credits earned (by type), and how many credits still must get completed. The System also allows professionals to search for approved courses.
Earn your MCLE credits Online
Several companies now allow attorneys to easily earn their MCLE requirements online. Depending on the company, lawyers can pay for individual courses or a bundle of courses. Some of these businesses include:
- The National Business Institute;
- The National Academy of Continuing Legal Education;
- The United Institute for Continuing Legal Education; and,
The companies often run deals on their Online bundles. This means if a price for a bundle seems high, give it some time and check back. Or, shop around to other businesses.
QUID PRO QUO has helped staff attorneys in firms and corporate legal departments for almost 30 years. In doing so, we’ve learned that you can never overlook, or ignore, small details. This concept applies to lawyers and their MCLE requirements. Please don’t forget about them or put them off. December will be on the horizon before you know it. Plan and get your requirements completed sooner, rather than later. Just think how less stressed you’ll be for Holiday shopping. And…never forget to contact us with any questions.