Listed below is the portion of Rule 408 governing CLE requirements for new admittees.
With limited exceptions, all newly admitted members must take an Essentials Series course. For additional information about the Essentials Series, see the 2017 program brochure. You may also shop these programs in the CLE Store.
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION AND SPECIALIZATION
In the modern legal environment, the law continues to grow more complex and it changes with increasing frequency. Continuing education is no longer a luxury, but is a necessity for all lawyers. Mindful of the improvements in the administration of justice that have resulted from our judicial continuing legal education and mandatory continuing legal education requirements, we believe that all judges and lawyers must meet certain minimum continuing legal education requirements if they are to maintain their competency. We have provided for the continuing legal education of elected and selected other judges in Rule 504. It is our intention that all members of the Bar and those judges (other than federal judges) who are not required to satisfy the requirements of Rule 504 shall fulfill the mandatory continuing legal education requirements specified in this Rule.
(a) Continuing Legal Education Requirements.
(3) Continuing Legal Education Requirements for the First Reporting Year after Admission. Newly admitted members are exempt from CLE requirements during the reporting year in which they are admitted to the South Carolina Bar. The first required reporting year for newly admitted members begins on March 1 after the date of admission. Before the end of the first required reporting year, newly admitted members admitted pursuant to Rule 402, SCACR, unless exempt as set forth below, must complete an Essentials Series course administered by the South Carolina Bar, in addition to satisfying the CLE requirements in (a)(2) above. Hours earned by attendance at an Essentials Series course will be applied to the member's first required reporting year. Members who live and practice outside of South Carolina may take an Essentials Series course online. The following newly admitted members shall be exempt from completing an Essentials Series course:
(A) members called to active military duty and who elect to become Military Members under 410(h)(1)(E), SCACR;
(B) inactive members who remain inactive through the end of the first required reporting year;
(C) members who have been admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction for at least two (2) years prior to admission in South Carolina;
(D) members who took the South Carolina Bar's Bridge the Gap Program prior to March 2013.