Continuing Legal Education in 2020-21 has changed! Here's what you need to know.
While the way you do business may have changed in 2020, one constant remains. The SC Bar Continuing Legal Education Division is your source for quality programming dedicated to South Carolina law for South Carolina lawyers.
We’re here to make it easy for you to get the courses you need this compliance period—when it’s convenient for you.
In-Person CLE Requirement Waived
A South Carolina Supreme Court order on June 16, 2020, waived the in-person requirement for CLE hours for this compliance period. Lawyers and judges may now earn all of the required hours for 2020-21 online. An Aug. 28, 2020 order waived the in-person requirement for magistrate and municipal judges.
Through March 1, 2021 the SC Bar will:
- Live stream more than 40 CLE seminars
- Archive and offer these programs + dozens more on-demand for 24/7 access
- Offer more than 400 online, on-demand programs covering a variety of practice areas, including ethics andsubstance abuse/mental health
CLE Planning Checklist for 2020-21
The rules are different this year. Make sure you’re in the know.
- Take it online. The requirement that lawyers and judges get 6 hours of live, in-person CLE has been waived for 2020-21 by a Supreme Court Order.
- Plug in. You can get your annual MCLE requirement via live webcasts/webinars, archived on-demand programs or telephone courses.
- Choose wisely. Not all internet-based streaming technologies are acceptable to the Commission on CLE for hosting online programs for CLE credit. Pro tip: The SC Bar’s streaming technology has been accredited.
- One shot. You cannot “carry-forward” live or on-demand online hours until the next compliance period.