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About MCLE

Mandatory MCLE was created in 1987, suspended in 1989, and reinstated in 1990 under the current rules and regulations (Rule 18-101 NMRA). The New Mexico Supreme Court believed it was of primary importance to the members of the New Mexico State Bar and to the public that attorneys continue their legal education throughout the period of their active practice of law. The MCLE Board is an agency of The Supreme Court of New Mexico.

Effective May 1, 2011, every active licensed member of the State Bar shall complete twelve hours of continuing legal education during each calendar year; 10 hours of general, and two hours of Ethics/Professionalism. One credit hour equal 60 minutes of classroom instruction.

MCLE approves CLE programs in order to assist attorneys in obtaining required CLE credits. Course providers and attorneys report earned CLE credits to MCLE for processing and tracking. In late 1999, MCLE acquired new tracking and reporting software from The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The new software program greatly improved the accuracy and efficiency of MCLE to report detailed information to the attorneys twice a year.

Fees paid by attorneys and course sponsors pay for the administration of this program.

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