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02/01/2019

RHODE ISLAND CLE REQUIREMENTS – EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS
Who is considered an Experienced Attorney in Rhode Island?
Attorneys who have been admitted for more than the current reporting year and the next full reporting year are considered Experienced and are subject to the MCLE requirements.

What are the RI CLE Requirements for Experienced Attorneys?
Rhode Island attorneys are required to complete 10 CLE credits, including at least 2 Ethics credits, each reporting year.

How can Experienced Attorneys in RI fulfill their MCLE Requirements?
Rhode Island attorneys can fulfill their MCLE requirements by taking courses that have been approved and accredited by the MCLE Commission. Examples of course formats include:
• Video Replay CLE: (Maximum 6 credits per reporting year)
• On-Demand Video
• Note: Rhode Island increased the allowed video replay CLE from 3 credits to 6 credits per reporting year starting with the 7/1/18 to 6/30/19 reporting year.
• Live CLE:
• Webcast
• Tele-seminar
• Webinar
• In-Person Classroom CLE
• In-House CLE (Maximum 5 credits per reporting year)

How many credits can RI attorneys complete on CLE Companion?
CLE Companion does not accredit courses for Rhode Island. Please join our newsletter for updates on the Approval States.
Are there other ways Experienced Attorneys in RI can earn CLE credit?
Yes! Attorneys in Rhode Island can earn credit for the following types of activities:
• Teaching CLE or Semester/Trimester Courses. Attorneys in Rhode Island can earn up to 6 teaching credits per reporting year. Teaching Credits are calculated based upon what an RI attorney teaches.
• Teaching an approved MCLE activity. Credit earned is calculated based upon the number of presenters:
• One presenter = 3x total minutes, divided by 50 and rounded down to nearest half credit (ex. 60×3 = 180/50 = 3.6 rounded down to 3.5 Teaching Credits)
• Multiple presenters = 2x total minutes, divided by 50 and rounded down to nearest half credit (ex. 60×2 = 120/50 = 2.4 rounded down to 2 Teaching Credits)
• Teaching a semester/trimester course to non-attorneys or non-legal degree-seeking students earns 6 Teaching Credits
• Teaching a semester/trimester course to attorneys or legal degree-seeking students earns 6 Teaching Credits plus 4 General Credits.
• Note: Presenters cannot earn Ethics credit for teaching. If they’re teaching an Ethics course they’ll receive teaching credit based on the above calculations but will not earn Ethics.
• Legal Research and Writing. Up to 5 CLE credits per reporting year can be earned by publishing a work of legal research, as long as the piece is an article, chapter, monograph, or book that was personally written by the attorney, either in whole or in part, and contributes substantially to the legal education of the author and other attorneys.
• Taking a Postgraduate Course at an ABA-Accredited Law School. RI attorneys earn 1 CLE credit for every 50 minutes attended.
• Acting as a Judge, Facilitator or Trainer in a Moot or Mock Trial Competition or Seminar. RI attorneys earn 1 CLE credit (max 1 credit per reporting year).

What is the deadline for Experienced Attorneys in RI to complete their CLE credits?
Rhode Island Attorneys must complete their required CLE credits on or before June 30th each year.

Can Experienced Attorneys in RI carry over CLE credits from one cycle to another?
Yes! Attorneys may carry over up to 10 excess credits into the next reporting cycle.

RHODE ISLAND CLE REQUIREMENTS – NEWLY ADMITTED ATTORNEYS
Who is considered a Newly Admitted Attorney in Rhode Island?
Attorneys who were admitted to practice in the current reporting year and for the next full reporting year are considered Newly Admitted and are exempt from the MCLE requirement.
What are the RI CLE Requirements for Newly Admitted Attorneys?
Newly Admitted Attorneys in Rhode Island are exempt from the standard MCLE requirements, but must complete a one-day, “Rhode Island Bridge the Gap” program that has been approved by the Commission.

How can Newly Admitted attorneys in RI complete the Bridge the Gap requirement?
Rhode Island attorneys can complete the Bridge the Gap program at the Rhode Island Bar Association, or with another educational provider that has been approved by the Supreme Court. The courses are offered in person as well as online.

What is the deadline for Newly Admitted Attorneys in RI to complete the Bridge the Gap program?
Newly Admitted Attorneys must complete the Bridge the Gap program by the end of the first full MCLE reporting year after admission.

Can Newly Admitted Attorneys in RI carry over CLE credits from one cycle to another?
Yes! Starting with the 7/1/18 to 6/30/19 reporting year, Newly Admitted Attorneys can carry over up to 10 excess credits to the next reporting cycle.

RHODE ISLAND CLE REQUIREMENTS – COMPLIANCE & REPORTING
How do RI attorneys report their CLE credits?
In Rhode Island, sponsors of CLE activities are required to submit attendance within 30 days of a program’s completion.

How do RI attorneys certify compliance?
Attorneys must certify their compliance online on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Attorney Portal.
What is the deadline for RI attorneys to certify compliance?
Rhode Island attorneys must certify their compliance on or before June 30th each year.

ADDITIONAL CLE RESOURCES FOR RHODE ISLAND ATTORNEYS
State Contact Info:
MCLE Commission
John E. Fogarty Judicial Annex
24 Weybosset Street, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-4942
cle@ribar.com
https://www.courts.ri.gov/AttorneyResources/mcle/Pages/default.aspx
Lawyers Living Well
https://www.ribar.com/For%20Attorneys/lawyerwellness.aspx
Rhode Island FAQs
https://www.courts.ri.gov/AttorneyResources/mcle/PDFs/FAQ.pdf
Bridge the Gap Info
https://www.courts.ri.gov/AttorneyResources/mcle/MCLE/MCLEFAQBridgetheGapandAttorneys.pdf

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