Rhode Island CLE Requirements

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

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Rhode Island CLE Requirements: All attorneys admitted to practice in Rhode Island shall complete ten (10) credit hours of continuing legal education including at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics.

Compliance Deadline: June 30

Reporting Deadline: June 30

Compliance Cycle: Annual

Approval of Programs: The Knowledge Group is not an accredited provider in the state of Rhode Island. Attorneys may seek individual course accreditation in behalf of unapproved sponsors. For more information, send an email to [email protected]

Rhode Island CLE Program Format: The Knowledge Group webcasts qualify as online courses in Rhode Island. A maximum of six (6) credits may be earned for online courses. View our list of LIVE Webcasts and Recorded Webcasts.

RI CLE Reporting Procedure: The Knowledge Group does not submit attendance report to Rhode Island MCLE Commission.

For Newly Admitted Attorneys: Newly admitted attorneys in the state of Rhode Island are exempted from CLE requirements until the second July 1 after they sworn in. They are however required to take the one-day, mandatory “Rhode Island Bridge the Gap” course upon admission to the Rhode Island Bar unless at the time of admission he or she has been admitted in another jurisdiction for a period of three (3) years.

COVID-19 Update: The Rhode Island Supreme Court has issued an order relieving attorneys of the obligation to complete continuing legal education credits for the 2021 reporting year.

  • Credits that have been earned between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021 will be applied to the 2022 MCLE reporting year.
  • All credits submitted in the MCLE Portal for the 2021 reporting year by June 30, 2021 will automatically be moved to the 2022 MCLE reporting year.
  • Credits that were carried into the 2021 MCLE from 2019 and 2020 (as credits were waived for 2020) will automatically be applied to the 2022 MCLE reporting year.
  • All other specifics (credit maximums, course submissions, etc.) of Article IV, Rule 3 of The Supreme Court Rules will apply.

For more information regarding RI CLE, contact Rhode Island MCLE Commission at:

Rhode Island MCLE Commission
Rhode Island Supreme Court
24 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-4942
Website: www.courts.ri.gov/AttorneyResources/mcle/Pages/default.aspx