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What is the difference between CLE and MCLE?
CLE (Center for Legal Education) is a nonprofit course provider and part of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation (CLE is also the acronym for continuing legal education). MCLE (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) is housed in the State Bar and approves courses for credit and tracks State Bar member compliance.
Do any of my bar dues support the Center for Legal Education?
No. The revenues from dues and licensing fees support the State Bar of New Mexico which operates under the rules of the Supreme Court. The State Bar's purpose is to aid in the courts administering justice and preserving the rule of law. The Center for Legal Education is part of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation.
What happens to the net revenues from the Center for Legal Education?
The revenues generated from programs support the work of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. The Bar Foundation represents the charitable arm of the State Bar of New Mexico. The Center for Legal Education is a non-profit course provider and all net revenues help fulfill the foundation’s mission of providing public service and access to justice.
How many credits do I need to be compliant this year?
Visit the MCLE page of our website for more information or contact MCLE at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 797-6054.
How do I login to register for a course online?
When you find your preferred course, “add to cart”. To complete your registration and purchase, you will need to log into your State Bar website account. Your username is your email of record (no longer your bar number). A tutorial on logging into your account can be found here. Please call us at (505) 797-6020 to reset your password, if needed.
How do I access my webinar or teleseminar program once I’ve purchased it?
CLE uses several technology platforms for its’ virtual learning programs. Joining links and instructions will arrive via email, close to the time of the program, from State Bar, BlueSky, GoToWebinar, Webcredenza, or CLEswebinars, among other possible vendors. Please check for junk folder as some of these emails may be filtered out of your general inbox. If you have not received this email prior to a program, please contact CLE at email@example.com for assistance.
How do I access my webcast or on-demand program once I’ve purchased it?
Do I need to do anything to ensure that credits for a course I took are filed with MCLE?
If you took the course from the Center for Legal Education, staff will file the credits within 30 days of the program, normally one to two weeks following the program. No certificate of completion is required.
Can I register for a course in advance and bring a check (or purchase order) with me day of?
Registration cannot be entered without payment. You are encouraged to register in advance, but you may register in person the day of the program. Registration begins fifteen minutes prior to the in-person program.
I took a course from the Center for Legal Education and need to report the credits in another state. How do I obtain a certificate of completion?
Staff will create the certificate and email it to you on request. If you are licensed in Texas, provide your Texas bar number and staff will file the credits. CLE is an accredited provider in New Mexico and Texas.
I need to cancel my registration for a program. Can I get a refund?
If you find you can no longer attend a program, please email us at CLEonline@sbnm.org. We are happy to assist you by transferring your registration to a colleague or applying your payment toward a future CLE event. A refund can be given to registrants who cancel two or more business days before the program date (refund less a 3 percent processing fee if a credit card was used). Cancellation requests received within one business day of the program will not be eligible for a refund, but the fees may be applied to a future CLE program offered in the same compliance year.
Which of your viewing formats count as live credit? Which count as self-study?
The Center for Legal Education’s Live Seminars, Live Webcasts, Live Replays, Teleseminars, and Webinars are accredited as live credit. The Center’s On-demand courses are accredited as self-study.
Can I get a discount on CLE programs?
Many programs offer discounts to government and legal service attorneys, members of the Paralegal Division, Young Lawyers Division and co-sponsoring membership groups. For the biggest discount available, you can purchase the Premium or Basic Professional Development Package, which offer one low rate for up to 15 CLE credits.
Can multiple attorneys from my firm view a webcast program all together on one computer?
No. Webcast, webinar, or on-demand programs cannot be proctored by individual firms or other groups. Due to the nature of our virtual learning platforms, each attorney must view from their own device; otherwise, only the attorney who is signed in will receive credit. To ensure that all registered attorneys receive credits, each must view on their individual devices.
I pay membership dues each year; what do program registration fees cover?
We are a non-profit course provider and part of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. Registration fees cover program costs such as web pages for course materials, equipment, refreshments and credit filings to the New Mexico MCLE. Registration fees in excess of those that cover program costs fund the Bar Foundation's public service programs.
I was unable to attend or access program; can I re-take it?
Most live programs cannot be viewed after the original date, unless they are shown at the State Bar Center as a Live Replay or put online as an on-demand, due to accreditation rules regarding self-study. In most cases we can transfer the amount used on the original purchase to another program within the compliance year. Please note: if you fail to notify the Center for Legal Education within 30 business days that you were unable to access or missed a program, we cannot guarantee a transfer or refund.