Minimum Continuing Legal Education
OSB members must complete 45 MCLE credits in each 3-year reporting period. Special requirements apply to newly admitted and reinstated members. All MCLE credits must be completed by midnight on December 31 of a member’s reporting period. A member’s compliance report is due on or before January 31 of the year following the end of the member’s reporting period.
There are requirements for the type of credit you must earn, based on your reporting cycle. In addition to general MCLE credits, depending on the reporting period, members may be required to complete ethics, practical skills, access to justice, child abuse reporting, and elder abuse reporting MCLE credits. For more information about credit requirements, see MCLE Rule 3.2 and Regulation 3.300(d), or login to your Member Dashboard to see which credit types you will need for your next reporting cycle.
As of September 1, 2016, the Oregon Supreme Court amended the MCLE Rules/Regulations to create new reporting categories. These amendments increase the methods members can use to earn MCLE credits. Under the new MCLE Rules/Regulations, there are three categories, which are outlined in the table below. Categories 2 and 3 are capped, which means that members may only earn a limited number of MCLE credits from those categories toward their overall MCLE requirement.
For example, under the amended MCLE Rules/Regulations, a member who is not newly admitted or reinstated may claim credits for “Category 3” credits involving business development, marketing and certain volunteer legal services, but the member will only be able to claim a total of six of these Category 3 credits in a 3-year reporting period.
These amended MCLE Rules/Regulations will help us to shift to an online reporting system. The online MCLE module is expected to go live in the spring of 2017. To see a summary of the new rules, click here. You can also click here to view the final rules set by the court.
The below summary of Categories and their credit caps includes quick links to the relevant portions of the MCLE rules. The full text of the amended MCLE rules is also available here.
Category 1 – MCLE Rules 5.1 - 5.5
Unlimited credits per reporting period
Category 2 – MCLE Rules 5.6-5.10
Up to 20 credits per 3 year reporting period
Up to 10 credits per short reporting period
Category 3 – MCLE Rule 5.11
Up to 6 credits per 3 year reporting period
Up to 3 credits per short reporting period
Remember, the MCLE Reporting tab on your Member Dashboard will always have up-to-date information on the number and types of credit you need, as well as a list of credits that have been recorded for the current reporting period.
Note: If you reach the maximum number of credits for Category 2 and Category 3 in a reporting period, you will be unable to add additional activities for those categories. If a CLE is held prior to September 1, 2016, but is accredited after September 1, 2016, the MCLE Department will apply the amended rules in the accreditation process. All CLEs accredited prior to September 1, 2016 will remain accredited until their expiration date.
If you have questions about the amended MCLE Rules/Regulations, please contact Denise Cline at Denise Cline or (503) 431-6315.