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Minimum Continuing Legal Education

Minimum Continuing Legal Education

Ensuring High Quality Legal Education

MCLE is a program mandated by New Mexico Supreme Court Rules 18-101 through 18-303 NMRA. MCLE compliance is required for every licensed member of the State Bar of New Mexico.

More Information About MCLE Requirements


Through the MCLE program the State Bar of New Mexico is committed to:

  • Providing exceptional customer service for members and course providers;
  • Certifying courses on relevant legal topics and emerging areas of law practice management;
  • Investing in new technology to assist members with reporting and tracking CLE credits; and
  • Encouraging modern training delivery methods.

Definition of MCLE Credit

Every active State Bar of New Mexico member is required to complete 12 total hours of continuing legal education every year

2 hours must be ethics:

  • at least 8 hours must be LIVE credit
  • of these 12 hours, up to 4 hours may be self-study

LIVE Course definition:

  • webcast
  • teleconference
  • in-person
  • log-in at a set time
  • ability to interact with a moderator in real-time

Self-study definition:

  • only four may apply per year
  • pre-recorded
  • log-in at any time to view or listen

More Information About MCLE Requirements

On September 1, 2018, the State Bar assumed administration of the Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program. Review the NMSC Order. We are excited about this opportunity to improve services and help shape legal education for New Mexico attorneys.

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