MCLE Requirements for Newly Admitted Lawyers

Missouri Supreme Court Rule 15 establishes the minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements for lawyers admitted to The Missouri Bar.

Lawyers admitted after July 1, 2019 have no educational or reporting requirements under Rule 15 for the MCLE compliance year in which they are admitted. However, you should still familiarize yourself with what will be required under Rule 15 for future reference.

The MCLE compliance year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of each year. Compliance with Rule 15 is reported on the Annual Report of Compliance for the MCLE reporting year in which the credit hours occur. The educational requirements must be completed by June 30 and the annual report submitted by July 31. Lawyers admitted between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, are first required to comply with Rule 15 for the July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 compliance year and each year thereafter.

Although you are exempt from the annual requirements of Rule 15 for the 2019-2020 reporting, Regulation 15.05.6 provides that a lawyer completing more than 15.0 credit hours of accredited programs and activities exclusive of self-study may receive credit in the next reporting year for the excess credit hours to apply to the 15-hour annual requirement of Rule 15.05(a). Similarly, up to two hours in excess of the two-hour annual requirement of Rule 15.05(e) may be carried forward to the immediately succeeding reporting year.

MCLE reporting for the 2019-2020 compliance year is not currently available. We are developing a new online reporting application, which will launch later this year. Once the new system is available, you will receive information about how to use this system.

Should you have any questions after reviewing this information and MCLE Requirements – Questions and Answers , you may contact our office at 573-638-2233 or mcle@mobar.org.