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