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Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

Please contact us if you have questions concerning approval of a seminar, approval of teaching credit or the Annual Report of Compliance. E-mail: mcle@okbar.org Phone: (405) 416-7009 P.O. Box 53036 Oklahoma City, OK 73152


Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, a program adopted by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1986, establishes minimum requirements for continuing legal education for Oklahoma attorneys. The program is administered by the OBA Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission. The Commission consists of eleven members.
Unless exempt, every active member, must complete a minimum of 12 Oklahoma MCLE approved continuing legal education (CLE) credits during the calendar year. No more than 6 of the 12 CLE credits can be earned by participating in Oklahoma MCLE approved online, on-demand seminars. At least one of the 12 CLE credit hours must also be approved for legal ethics.
Except for associate members, every OBA member must comply with the requirements unless covered by an exemption under Supreme Court Rule 2.
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If you attend a formal course or seminar that has been accredited by the Oklahoma Bar Association MCLE Commission in advance, you should sign-in before the seminar begins and after lunch, if applicable. Within 30 days of the program, the sponsor is required to send the MCLE Department a report of those who signed in. The attendance information will then be entered in your current MCLE compliance record. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to obtain written verification of your attendance so that you can submit it to the MCLE Department.
No. The OBA/CLE Department is a presumptively approved sponsor of continuing legal education programs. The OBA/MCLE Commission administers the MCLE Rules.
Yes. Oklahoma requires that of the 12 credits of mandatory CLE required each year, a minimum of one credit must be in the area of professional responsibility, legal ethics or legal malpractice prevention.

To meet the ethics requirement in Oklahoma, instruction must be in blocks of time specifically devoted to legal ethics. Issues related to ethics may be included as part of a program highlighting another area of the law, as long as the ethics portion is presented in identifiable blocks of time.
The period from January 1 through December 31 is the Oklahoma MCLE compliance period.
For newly licensed attorneys, you are exempt from the educational requirement for the remainder of the calendar year during which you are first admitted to practice law in Oklahoma. Your first year exemption will be filed automatically. You are not required to file the Annual Report of Compliance for the year you are first admitted to practice in Oklahoma. If you earn credit after you are admitted and before the end of the calendar year you are admitted, this credit can be carried forward to the following year only.

The following calendar year, you must earn the minimum requirement by December 31 of that year. If you earn your required credit by December 31 and the MCLE Department has a record of your attendance, you do not need to do anything further. You can check your MCLE record any time. Login to "my okbar" at bottom of this page using your bar number and your PIN.
Yes. A maximum of one year's requirement, 12 hours including 1 ethics hour, may be carried to the next year providing such credit is reported the year it is taken.
The MCLE rules no longer require that an Annual Report of Compliance be filed by members whose MCLE record reflects that he or she has the required credit by December 31. The Annual Report of Compliance must be filed by members who do not have sufficient credit on their MCLE record or by members who must report an exemption. Exemptions for newly admitted attorneys are recorded automatically. No report is required from members entitled to this exemption.

In mid-January the Annual Report of Compliance is mailed to all members whose records indicate that they do not have sufficient credit. Upon receipt, you should make whatever additions or corrections need to be made or mark the appropriate exemption. You may also report an exemption online after January 2. Login to "my okbar" at bottom of page using your bar number and your PIN you will find a link to report an MCLE exemption for the previous year.
Members of the OBA receive an Interim Annual Report of Compliance in late October by email. You can contact the MCLE Department at any time during the year to check your current status, or you can check your status over the internet. Login to "my okbar" at the bottom of this page using your bar number and your PIN.
A "presumptively approved provider" is an organization whose entire CLE calendar has been accredited by the MCLE Commission. An attorney who attends a CLE activity sponsored or co-sponsored by a presumptively approved provider is generally assured MCLE credit, with one credit hour for each 50 minutes of actual instruction. The only educational programs of presumptively approved providers that would not qualify are those on topics not directly related to substantive or procedural law or ethics.
Many sponsors are familiar with the application and reporting procedures in Oklahoma. In-state sponsors will require attendees to sign in when the seminar begins and again after lunch. For out-of-state programs, many sponsors may have applied for credit prior to the program.

An attorney may apply for credit independently by completing the Uniform Application for Accreditation. The completed application, along with the $15 per application fee and a copy of the program agenda or brochure for computation of CLE/ethics credits must also be included. A review of the seminar handout materials may also be required. If further information is needed, the MCLE office will contact you.

MCLE Regulation 4.5 requires that providers or attendees should apply for approval 45 days before the activity. While this is ideal, it is not always practical. Applications may be submitted within 90 days after a program or by December 31, whichever comes first; however, do not assume credit will be granted.
Allocation of continuing legal education hours is never arbitrary. Instead, each 50 minute segment of actual instructional time constitutes 1.0 CLE credit.
No. The OBA MCLE department will review an application for a CLE program held in any state or country. Course content, not location, is the controlling factor.
No. There is no provision for self-study or correspondence course work in Oklahoma. Upon written request, exceptions may be granted for physical limitations which restrict an attorney’s ability to be mobile, sit, see or hear. Video presentations are allowed when the program is Oklahoma MCLE approved, there are at least 5 licensed attorneys attending the video, each attendee has the required written materials and the video is shown in a setting with writing surfaces.
Oklahoma does approve in-house programs as long as the program meets the criteria set forth in MCLE policy. Applications for approval of an in-house activity must be received by the Commission 45 days in advance of the program. In addition, at least 50% of the instructional time must be presented by persons having no affiliation with the firm or legal department for whom the program is being presented.
Yes. Credit is available for regular enrollment or auditing an ABA accredited college of law course, equal to 3 times the number of credit hours granted by the college of law for completion of the course. A college transcript is required.
You must apply for teaching credit using the prescribed form. You will be issued a notice of accreditation by email stating the CLE credits granted.
Regulation 3.3 provides 6 hours of CLE credit for each 50 minutes of instruction at an approved continuing legal education activity. If teaching is part of a panel, the time is divided equally among the instructors.

Teaching credit is not awarded for the conference moderator and will not be awarded for teaching to a non-attorney audience. However, it may be possible to earn CLE teaching credit for presentations made to paralegals, legal assistants or legal secretaries.
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No. If you complete your educational requirements after December 31, but before the following February 15, there is assessed a $100.00 fee for late compliance. After February 15, the late fee is $200. Members who remain noncompliant will be suspended.
The MCLE Office is located at the Oklahoma Bar Center. This office can be reached at (405) 416-7009 or for Oklahoma residents at (800) 522-8065 or mcle@okbar.org.

Oklahoma Mandatory Continuing Legal Education