Frequently Asked Questions

West Virginia CLE Requirements

What are the MCLE requirements for West Virginia attorneys?

West Virginia State Bar CLE Rules and Regulations require the state’s licensed attorneys to complete and report at least 24 credits of approved CLE courses during each two-year reporting period. As part of the 24-credit requirement, each attorney must complete at least 3 specialty credits in the following: legal ethics, law office management, attorney well-being, and/or elimination of bias in the legal profession. The reporting period begins on July 1 in an even year and ends June 30 in the subsequent even year. An attorney who exceeds the number of credits required in a reporting period may carry over a maximum of 6 credits (not including legal ethics credits) to the subsequent reporting period. [CAVEAT: In 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia granted an extension of the CLE reporting period from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020.] Here are West Virginia’s CLE requirements for new attorneys.

How many credits must be real-time (live) in each reporting period?

West Virginia State Bar CLE Rules and Regulations require a minimum of 12 credits be completed in real-time (live) events. [CAVEAT: Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals waived the real-time (live) requirement for the reporting period ending in 2020.] Here are West Virginia’s CLE provisions relating to new attorneys.

How many credits can I earn from your on-demand (A/V) CLE courses?

West Virginia State Bar CLE Rules and Regulations require a minimum of 12 credits be completed in real-time (live) courses. [CAVEAT: Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals waived the real-time (live) requirement for the reporting period ending in 2020, allowing attorneys to complete CLE course requirements using any number of on-demand (A/V) courses.] Here are West Virginia’s CLE requirements for new attorneys.

How do I check my WVCLE transcript?

To review your WVCLE transcript, log in to the West Virginia State Bar Membership Portal at https://mywvbar.org and then click on “View CLE Transcript” under the CLE Compliance heading.

Virginia CLE Requirements

What are the MCLE requirements for Virginia attorneys?

Virginia-licensed attorneys must complete and report at least 12 credits of approved CLE courses annually. Of these 12 credits, at least two must be in ethics or professionalism. The reporting period begins on November 1 and ends on October 31 each year. [CAVEAT: In 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia granted an extension of the CLE reporting period from October 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020.] Information on additional CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys can be found here.

How many credits must be real-time (live) in each reporting period?

At least four credits each reporting period must be real-time (live). A course qualifies as a live course if it is a live, in-person course or if the course is transmitted live via teleconference or webinar and allows interaction with the speaker.

How many credits can I earn from your on-demand (A/V) CLE courses?

There is no minimum or maximum number of on-demand (A/V) CLE course credits for Virginia CLE.

How do I check my Virginia CLE transcript?

To review your Virginia CLE transcript, log in to the Virginia State Bar at https://member.vsb.org/publicmcle/.

Ohio CLE Requirements

What are the MCLE requirements for Ohio attorneys?

The Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio require attorneys licensed in the state to complete and report at least 24 hours of CLE courses during each two-year reporting period. As part of the 24-credit requirement, each attorney must complete at least 2.5 credits in one or more of the following areas:

  • Legal ethics;
  • Professionalism;
  • Alcoholism, substance abuse, or mental health;
  • Access to justice and fairness in the courts;
  • Interacting with self-represented litigants;
  • Encouraging pro bono representation;
  • Accommodating language interpretation; or
  • Assuring fairness in race, ethnicity, foreign origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or another relevant topic.

The reporting period begins on January 1 and ends two years later on December 31. The reporting period ends in even-numbered years for attorneys with a last name that begins with A through L and in odd-numbered years for attorneys with a last name that begins with M through Z. An attorney who timely completes the required CLE credits during a reporting period but exceeds the number of credits required may carry over a maximum of 12 credits to the subsequent reporting period. Information on additional CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys can be found here.

How many credits must be real-time (live) in each reporting period?

The Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio do not set a minimum number of CLE credit hours that must come from live courses that allow interaction with the speaker.

How many credits can I earn from your on-demand (A/V) CLE courses?

The Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio allow up to 12 CLE credit hours per compliance period through approved self-study courses. A self-study CLE course is any approved course that is not live and interactive [CAVEAT: The Supreme Court of Ohio waived the self-study cap for self-study (not live or interactive) courses for the 2019/2020 compliance period.]

How do I check my Ohio CLE transcript?

To review your Ohio CLE transcript, log in to the Ohio Attorney Services Portal.

Miscellaneous WVCLE Portal Questions

How can I give feedback to WVCLE about a completed real-time (live) or on-demand (A/V) course?

To provide feedback regarding a WVCLE course, please complete our online contact form.

How can I make WVCLE portal course topic suggestions?

To make a suggestion regarding WVCLE course subject matter, please complete our online contact form.

How can I make recommendations to the WVCLE portal regarding location(s) for real-time (live) CLE programming?

To make a recommendation for future WVCLE real-time event locations, please complete our online contact form.

Pennsylvania CLE Requirements

What are the MCLE requirements for Pennsylvania attorneys?

Attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania must complete and report at least 12 credits of approved CLE courses annually. Of these 12 credits, at least two must be in one or more of the following categories:

  • Legal ethics and the Rules of Professional Conduct;
  • Professionalism; or
  • Substance abuse and its effect on the practice of law.

Attorneys are assigned one of three reporting periods:

  • Group I: May 1 to April 30
  • Group II: September 1 to August 31
  • Group III: January 1 to December 31

Attorneys may earn credits for completing live or distance learning approved CLE courses. [CAVEAT: In 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania temporarily granted an extension of the CLE reporting period from October 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Additionally, the compliance deadline for Group I was extended to August 31.] Information about the Bridge the Gap program required for newly admitted attorneys can be found here.

How many credits must be real-time (live) in each reporting period?

Pennsylvania does not set a minimum number of real-time (live) credits for each reporting period.

How many credits can I earn from your on-demand (A/V) CLE courses?

Attorneys may count up to six hours of approved CLE credit toward the requirements per compliance period. [CAVEAT: In 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania temporarily waived the 6-hour limit on credits for distance learning per reporting period for the 2020 reporting period.]

How do I check my Pennsylvania CLE transcript?

To review your Pennsylvania CLE transcript, log in to the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (PACLE) website at https://www.pacle.org/lawyer/login.

What Is the WVCLE Portal?

Does the WVU College of Law offer WV CLE programs?

Yes. The WVU College of Law offers real-time and on-demand WV CLE programs through the WVCLE portal. CLE courses may be searched by length, practice area, jurisdiction, and course format (Real-Time/Live or On-Demand).

Where can I find WVCLE online?

Navigate to wvcle.org for the WVU College of Law WVCLE portal.

What types of courses does WVCLE offer?

The WVU College of Law WVCLE catalog includes courses in a variety of practice areas, courses of varying lengths, and courses that fulfill the requirements for specialty credits such as Law Office Management and Legal Ethics. Attorneys may select from courses accredited in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Please note that MCLE credit rules vary by state, so please check for approval before purchasing as we are unable to refund your purchase of digital content once it has been delivered.

When I purchase an on-demand course from WVCLE, when do I get access to the course and its materials?

Attorneys receive immediate online access after selecting and paying for the WVCLE course when using a credit/debit card.

Does WVCLE offer CDs or DVDs of its courses?

WVCLE delivers its courses online through our learning system, LearnDash. However, should you need CDs or DVDs, please call to inquire.

When I take a course through WVCLE, does WVCLE report my course credits to the West Virginia State Bar?

WVCLE reports real-time (live) credits to the West Virginia State Bar. Allow up to 30 days for reporting of your credits.

For CLE courses completed using on-demand (A/V), CDs, DVDs, or MP3 files, the attorney must self-report credits to the West Virginia State Bar.

Can I sort WVCLE courses according to particular features such as practice area, length, real-time (live) versus on-demand (A/V), or states in which it is accredited?

There is a list of filter options available on the CLE Programs tab as well as in our Complete Course Catalog. 

Setting Up a WVCLE Portal Account

How do I set up a WVCLE portal account?

Accounts are created by completing a purchase. After selecting a course, filling out the billing information at checkout, and completing the purchase, accounts are automatically generated. After each completed purchase, attorneys are redirected to a Thank You page where they can access their account by proceeding to the Dashboard from the button located on the bottom of the page. Attorneys are also sent a Welcome email containing a link for logging into their newly created account, a username, and a temporary password that can be changed through the Account Details tab of their Dashboard.

Do I have to be a graduate of WVU College of Law to take courses through WVCLE?

No. Any attorney may purchase and take courses through the WVCLE portal. CLEs are available for attorneys who need credits in not only West Virginia but also Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Please note that MCLE credit rules vary by state, so please check for approval before purchasing.

Group Rates/Sharing WVCLE Portal Courses

Can attorneys or offices share access to an online WVCLE portal course and all receive credit for completion based on a single purchase?

No. CLE credit is available only to the attorney who registered for and completed the course through the WVCLE portal.

How to Report WVCLE Course Credits

How do I self-report CLE credit?

West Virginia: To self-report CLE credit for a WVCLE course completed using CDs or DVDs, log in to the West Virginia State Bar Membership Portal at https://mywvbar.org and then click on “Submit Credit” under the CLE Compliance heading. On the Submit Credit page, click the reporting period in which you wish to receive CLE credit. Select the type of credit (approved, non-approved, publication, teaching) and provide the requested information.

Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania: Please call the WVCLE office at (304) 293-7255 with questions about how to self-report CLE credit.

How do I know if a WVCLE course is approved or non-approved for WV CLE credit?

All courses provided through WVCLE are approved for WV CLE credit. The number of credit hours to be earned can be found on the course page for each.