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CLE Requirements

Rule X including professionalism requirement

Rule X of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio was amended, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
 
The requirement is 24 hours for each two-year reporting period. At least two and one-half of the 24 hours must be related to professional conduct and must include all of the following:

  • Thirty minutes of instruction on substance abuse, including causes, prevention, detection, and treatment alternatives;
  • Sixty minutes of instruction related to the Code of Professional Responsibility;
  • Sixty minutes of instruction related to professionalism (including A Lawyer’s Creed and A Lawyer’s Aspirational Ideals adopted by the Supreme Court).
As part of the minimum twenty-four credit hours of continuing legal education required by division (A) of this section, an attorney shall complete a minimum of two and one-half credit hours of instruction on one or any combination of the following professional conduct topics:
 
 (1) Legal ethics, which shall include instruction on the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct;
 
 (2) Professionalism, which shall include instruction on the role of attorneys in promoting ethics and professionalism among attorneys by facilitating compliance with the requirements of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, “A Lawyer’s Creed,” “A Lawyer’s Aspirational Ideals,” and the “Statement Regarding the Provision of Pro Bono Legal Services by Ohio Lawyers” adopted by the Supreme Court;
 
 (3) Alcoholism, substance abuse, or mental health issues, which shall include instruction on any of their causes, prevention, detection, and treatment alternatives, as applicable;
 
(4) Access to justice and fairness in the courts and how these issues impact public trust and confidence in the judicial system and the perception of justice in Ohio, which shall include instruction on one or any combination of the following topics:
 
(a) Interacting with self-represented litigants;
 
(b) Encouraging pro bono representation;
 
(c) Accommodating language interpretation;
 
(d) Assuring fairness in matters of race, ethnicity, foreign origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, or other relevant topics.

Twelve of the 24 hours may be satisfied through self-study courses (webcasts, online CLE, CLEtoGO).  Any self-study hours in excess of the 12 allowed will not be carried over into the next reporting period.

For additional information regarding the CLE requirement in Ohio contact:
 
The Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education
Ohio Judicial Center
65 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215-3431
(614) 387-9325
 

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