Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

All Active (including those admitted under Rule 1A:5 Part 1) and Emeritus lawyers must complete 12 hours of continuing legal education, including 2 hours of ethics/professionalism credit, and 4 hours of live-interactive credit by October 31 each year. View the MCLE Regulations maintained by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.

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MCLE Essentials

General information on the MCLE requirement for Virginia’s attorneys including MCLE opinions, deadlines, current approved courses, forms, and FAQs.

Seeking Credit for CLE Programs

Information for sponsors and attorneys about seeking credit for CLE programs, including Virginia's approval standards, steps to take before applying, and which application to submit.

Annual MCLE Compliance Information

How to meet the MCLE deadlines, procedures for reporting, and what to do if your license is administratively suspended.

Virginia’s Specialty Credit Requirements

What qualifies as Live, Ethics, and Well-being credits?

Certifying MCLE Attendance

Information on how to report your attendance at CLE courses and FAQs on certifying your attendance.

Statement on Authority

Authority for the VSB’s mandatory continuing legal education is found in Part 6, Section IV, Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia, Paragraph 17 and the Virginia Code, Title 54.1, Chapter 39, Article 2. Failure to meet these obligations will result in accrual of delinquency fees and possible administrative suspension pursuant to Paragraph 19 of the Rules of Court. 

According to § 54.1-3914 of the Code of Virginia any attorney who fails for two successive years to pay the annual fees shall forfeit his license to practice law in the commonwealth.