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Important News on CLE Requirement Changes: Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board Announces
Increases in Ethics Requirement and Distance Learning Options
February 4, 2014 - The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has announced changes
in rules and regulations that will permit more credits to be earned via distance learning,
and will increase the annual ethics requirement.
By Supreme Court Order, Pa.R.C.L.E. Rule 108 (e) has been changed to increase the amount of
credits lawyers may earn via alternate delivery methods from four (4) to six (6) credits
annually. The board also adopted a regulation change to increase the ethics component of
the annual CLE requirement from one (1) to two (2) credit hours. The total number of CLE
credits required annually will remain 12 hours.
The amendments to the rules and regulations will take effect with CLE compliance periods
that have requirement deadlines in 2015.
The ethics credit increase marks the first significant modification to the CLE requirement
since 1996 when the total requirement expanded from nine credits to twelve. The new provisions
for distance learning will provide lawyers the option of completing up to half of their annual
requirement through distance learning and computer-based education.