New York CLE Requirements

Whether you’re an experienced or newly admitted New York attorney, here’s what you need know about the NY CLE rules and how to get your New York CLE Requirements fulfilled with a Knowledge Group CLE Bundle.

New York CLE Requirements: All attorneys admitted to practice in New York shall complete twenty-four (24) credit hours of continuing legal education including at least four (4) credit hours of ethics and professionalism. Effective January 1, 2018, experienced attorneys must complete at least one (1) credit hour of diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias.

Compliance Deadline: 30 days after the attorney’s birthday in alternate years

Reporting Deadline: 30 days after the attorney’s birthday in alternate years

Compliance Cycle: Biennial

Approval of Programs: The Knowledge Group does not submit application for CLE credits in New York. TKG LIVE Webcasts are approved for CLE credit under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy. The Knowledge Group is an approved sponsor in the state of California, a New York Approved Jurisdiction. Attendees seeking approved credits should send an email to [email protected] for more information.

New York CLE Program Format: The Knowledge Group webcasts fulfill the non-traditional format requirement in New York. Effective November 1, 2014, Under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy, so long as certain requirements are satisfied, New York attorneys may count towards their New York CLE requirement credit earned through participation in out-of-state courses accredited by a New York Approved Jurisdiction. View our list of LIVE Webcasts and Recorded Webcasts.

NY CLE Reporting Procedure: The Knowledge Group does not report attendance in New York. The attorney should simply include credits earned via Knowledge Group webcasts when computing the total number of CLE credits completed, and keep the Knowledge Group Certificate of Attendance for a period of at least four (4) years in case of audit. An attorney may count towards his/her New York CLE requirement credit earned through the Approved Jurisdiction policy without notifying the CLE Board.

New York temporarily allows Newly Admitted Attorneys to complete their live requirement via webcast, videoconference or teleconference, in light of COVID-19.

The Supreme Court of New York Board on Continuing Legal Education has issued an order that effective March 11, 2020 through June 30, 2023, newly admitted attorneys may participate in Skills CLE courses by either individual participation (self-study) or group participation, in the following live, nontraditional formats, where questions are allowed during the program: webconference, teleconference, and videoconference.

New York CLE Requirements For Newly Admitted Attorneys: Newly admitted attorneys in the state of New York shall complete a minimum of thirty-two (32) credit hours of accredited transitional education within the first two (2) years of the date of admission to the Bar. Sixteen (16) accredited hours shall be completed in each of the first two (2) years of admission to the Bar as follows:

  • Three (3) hours of ethics and professionalism;
  • Six (6) hours of skills; and
  • Seven (7) hours of law practice management

Newly admitted attorneys must fulfill their CLE requirement in live, traditional classroom settings or by attendance at fully interactive videoconferences that have been pre-approved by the NY CLE Board.

For more information regarding NY CLE Requirements, contact New York State CLE Board at:

New York State Continuing Legal Education Board
25 Beaver Street, Room 888
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 428-2105
Toll-free outside NYC: (877) 697-4253
Email: [email protected]