Massachusetts is one of the few states where continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys is not mandatory, except for the Practicing with Professionalism course for new attorneys admitted to the bar after September 2013 (see below for additional information). However, many of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s CLE programs are accredited or approved in most nearby states, including:
- Connecticut: Automatically Approved
- Maine: Accepted
- Vermont: Accredited Sponsor
- New York: Approved Jurisdiction Requirement Applies
- New Hampshire: No longer certifies any providers of CLE courses. Instead, New Hampshire requires attorneys to self report that they have attended CLE courses of sufficient intellectual and practical content.
Please contact your local state bar association to verify the specific mandatory CLE requirements for your jurisdiction.
NOTE: Rhode Island permits attorneys to submit their own individual application for accreditation for taking a program offered by an unaccredited sponsor for no fee. The MBA will assist Rhode Island attorneys in obtaining the necessary information for accreditation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you require CLE credit in another state for your attendance at an MBA CLE program, we can provide you with a Certificate of Attendance for filing in that jurisdiction. The MBA only provides certificates to individuals who attend education programs in person. Certificates are not available for participation in recorded On Demand or Real-time Webcasts. Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to individuals who attend education programs in person within 24-72 hours of the program. Certificates of Attendance for symposiums and/or conferences will be made available on the day of the conference and emailed to attendees within 3-4 weeks. Please contact email@example.com to request a Certificate for Teaching Credit. (The MBA cannot offer the Official Certificate of Attendance for New York State at this time.)
Practicing with Professionalism Requirement
Pursuant to SJC Rule 3:16, new attorneys admitted to the Massachusetts bar (beginning September 1, 2013) are required to complete an in-person, mandatory Practicing with Professional Course no later than 18 months after their admission.