Friday, September 30, 2011
The Illinois Supreme Court amended its rules this week for minimum continuting legal education (MCLE) and the MCLE fee schedule. The new rules will allow Illinois attorneys to participate in non-traditional CLE activities (such as judging moot court competitions, or writing a law review or bar journal article) without paying a $20.00 fee (for reporting periods ending June 2012 and after). Attorneys will also be able to carry over excess professional responsibility credits. Another change will allow new attorneys to satisfy a portion of their hours by participaning in a mentoring program approved by the Commission on Professionalism.
The amended MCLE Rules are available on the Illinois Supreme Court website. The amended rules do not change the number of required credits or deadlines for any two-year reporting period.