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  • What is MCLE ?
    In 1985, Kansas required lawyers to participate in formal continuing legal education. It is the responsibility of the CLE Commission to administer the rules pertaining to the continuing education of lawyers. The Commission's duties also include updating the requirements and rules as necessary, monitoring each attorney's compliance with the requirements, notifying attorneys of CLE status, accrediting courses and working with providers of CLE.
  • What is the CLE hourly requirement ?
    An attorney that is registered as active must complete 12 hours of CLE, including at least 2 hours of ethics and professionalism, by June 30, of each compliance period.
  • What is the purpose of this requirement ?
    It is essential to the public and the legal profession that attorneys admitted to practice law in Kansas maintain and increase their professional competence by continuing their legal education. These rules establish minimum requirements for continuing legal education necessary to remain authorized to practice law in this state.
  • Who must comply with the CLE requirement ?
    All attorneys that are registered with an active law license.
  • What if I take more ethics than are required for the year ?
    You can take all your required hours as ethics if you choose to do so. However, please remember that ethics and professionalism credit hours in excess of the 2-hour requirement may be carried forward as general attendance credit hours but NOT as ethics and professionalism credit.
  • I want to attend a program about the upcoming election. Is that accreditable? ?
    The Commission has received a number of inquiries about possibly approving CLE credit for programs related to political issues. All programs that are submitted to the Commission for CLE credit are considered under the same guidelines and must focus on substantive legal issues. Those that deal with such matters as constitutional law, rule of law, and case law will be considered for general CLE credit. Conversely, in keeping with the Commission's long held position not to support or oppose any political position, all events in which the focus is political advocacy will be denied CLE credit.
  • When must I complete my CLE requirements ?
    All CLE hours must be attended by June 30 each compliance period. These hours should be filed within 30 days of the attendance of an approved program. To avoid any penalties, hours attended between July 1 and June 30, MUST BE filed in the CLE office no later than July 31 following the end of the compliance period.
  • What if my hours are not reported by July 31 following the compliance period ?
    Attorneys that have not properly filed the paperwork by July 31, will be assessed a noncompliance fee of $75. This fee should be made payable to the Kansas CLE Commission, and must be submitted with the paperwork that is filed late.
  • What happens if I do not comply with the requirements within my compliance period ?
    Attorneys that have not completed all hours by June 30, may attend programming in July and August to complete their requirement for the previous compliance period. Attorneys will be assessed a noncompliance fee of $75. This fee can be paid online by logging in to your MyKSCLE account. Please include a receipt with a copy of the affidavit to our office. If you need to submit payment in the form of a check or money order, it should be made payable to the Kansas CLE Commission, and must be submitted with the affidavit(s) from the program(s) that will complete the difficiency.
  • What if I remain out of compliance or do not meet my CLE requirements within the time allotted ?
    A certified notice is mailed to each attorney that has not met the CLE requirements (fees and/or hours) the first week in August. The attorney has 30 days from the date the certified is mailed to correct the deficiency. If the attorney does not complete the requirements by that time, they will be suspended and unable to practice law until the reinstatement order has been signed and filed with the Kansas Supreme Court. Paying your fees and/or completing the hours does NOT constitute reinstatment. You MUST allow processing time for the order to be signed by the Court. You are only reinstated once the order has been filed with the Court.
  • How do I have my license reinstated after being placed on suspended status due to non-compliance with the annual CLE fee ?
    The fees must be submitted to the Kansas CLE Commission office along with a written request for reinstatement to active status. Fees received without the required paperwork will be returned to the address on the check or money order without processing. This could significantly delay the reinstatment process. There is also paperwork and fees due to the Kansas Supreme Court when an attorney is suspended. Please contact Sally Brown in the Attorney Registration office to ascertain the requirements in their office. Her direct phone number is 785/296-8409. Paying your fees and/or completing the hours does NOT constitute reinstatment. You MUST allow processing time for the order to be signed by the Court. You are only reinstated once the order has been filed with the Court.
  • How do I have my license reinstated after being placed on suspended status due to non-compliance with the hourly CLE requirement ?
    The fees must be accompanied by a written request for reinstatement to active status, along with proof of attendance of the necessary hours and/or fees. The fees should not be mailed in until the hours are completed. Fees received without the required paperwork will be returned to the address on the check or money order without processing. There is also paperwork and fees due to the Kansas Supreme Court when an attorney is suspended. Please contact Sally Brown in the Attorney Registration office to ascertain the requirements in their office. Her direct phone number is 785/296-8409. Paying your fees and/or completing the hours does NOT constitute reinstatment. You MUST allow processing time for the order to be signed by the Court. You are only reinstated once the order has been filed with the Court.
  • If I find I am unable to complete my requirements prior to my deadline, may I be granted an extension of time ?
    There are no extensions.
  • What happens if I earn more credit hours than are required for the year ?
    If an active practitioner completes CLE credit hours at approved programs during a compliance period exceeding the number of hours required, and the practitioner complies with the requirements of Rule 806, the practitioner may carry forward to the next compliance period up to 10 unused general attendance credit hours from the compliance period during which the credit hours were earned. However, ethics and professionalism credit hours in excess of the 2-hour requirement may be carried forward as general attendance credit hours but not as ethics and professionalism credit. CLE credit hours approved for teaching, authorship, or law practice management credit do not qualify for carryover credit.
  • How do I get my last name changed on your records ?
    Once you have completed the paperwork to change your name in the Attorney Registration office, our office will be notified and the change will then be made to your CLE file. Please contact the Attorney Registration office to ascertain the requirements in their office. The direct phone number is 785/296-8409.
  • What provisions are made for lawyers licensed in Kansas but who reside and/or work in another country ?
    An attorney employed full time outside the United States for a minimum of 8 months during the compliance period may, upon written request and preapproval, complete the annual CLE requirement by nontraditional programming.
  • How do I change my status to reflect inactive status ?
    You will need to submit a request in writing to both the CLE Commission and to the Clerk of the Supreme Court. The request should state your intent to change to inactive, your full name and Kansas Supreme Court number, and the effective date of the status change. You may submit this request at any time during the compliance period. Please do not wait until registration time to make the change as this could delay the process.
  • How does a lawyer return from inactive to active status ?
    You will need to submit a request in writing to both the CLE Commission and to the Clerk of the Supreme Court. The request should state your intent to change to active status, your full name and Kansas Supreme Court number, and fees of $45 made payable to the Kansas CLE Commission. ($20 annual CLE fee and $25 change of status fee) Once both offices have received the required information, the status change can be considered. You may submit this request at any time during the compliance period. Please do not wait until registration time to make the change as this could delay the process.
  • Where and when will I be able to attend CLE courses ?
    The calendar of approved programming will show any programs that have been approved for Kansas CLE credit. Attorneys can attend programs anywhere in the world but an application for approval of CLE activity must be submitted by the provider or an attorney.
  • How will the Commission learn of my attendance ?
    If a program is listed as approved on our calendar of approved programming, the provider has received an affidavit for you to complete. If the program is held within the state of Kansas, the provider will submit the form to our office to be registered in your file. Please allow 30 days for this to be reflected on your MyKSCLE account.

    If the program was attended outside the state of Kansas, it is your responsibility to get the affidavit from the provider and mail it in to our office within 30 days of the program.
  • Do my credits have to be taken in Kansas ?
    Attorneys can attend programs anywhere in the world but an application for approval of CLE activity must be submitted by the provider or an attorney.
  • Should I keep a list of my CLE activities ?
    Each active lawyer shall maintain records sufficient to establish compliance with the CLE requirement in the event of a dispute with the final compliance report. The Commission recommends maintaining CLE records for three (3) years. The MyKSCLE account access is intended to assist in tracking of courses and credits.
  • If I teach a CLE program, do I receive credit for it ?
    Attorneys may receive up to five (5) hours of teaching credit for each one (1) hour they teach. Instruction must be directed toward an audience composed primarily of attorneys. There is a formula that takes into consideration your preparation time and the actual teaching time. By answering the questions properly on the application for approval of teaching credit, the Commission will calculate the hours awarded and send you an affidavit to sign and return. Teaching credit cannot be carried forward.
  • May I claim credit for attending an LLM class ?
    Attendance spent in a classroom could be considered for CLE credit. To apply, complete the application for approval of CLE activity - traditional, and attach a copy of the syllabus noting the times and dates of the classes.
  • May I claim credit for teaching a law school class ?
    Because teaching credit is awarded as an incentive to attorneys to benefit the legal profession, instruction must be directed toward an audience composed primarily of attorneys. Credit will not be awarded for teaching undergraduate, graduate, or law school classes.
  • What is the minimum number of credit hours I can receive for attending a KS CLE approved course ?
    One-half hour is the least amount of credit that can be recorded. 25 minutes = 1/2 hour of CLE credit.
  • How are credit hours calculated ?
    Add up the total number of minutes attended and divide by 50 minutes. This will give you the number of hours. We round down to the nearest 1/2 hour. For instance, 260 minutes divided by 50 minutes = 5.2 hours. This would be 5 hours of CLE credit in Kansas.
  • May I claim credit for attending the in-house CLE activities of my law firm ?
    The Continuing Legal Education Commission allows credit for in-house programming under CLE Rule 806(i). Invitation-only programs for clients and other guests are considered in-house. To meet the requirements for an accredited in-house program, the Application for Approval of CLE Activity must be received in the Commission office 30 days prior to the activity and include date, time and place of the activity. In addition, the program content must meet the standards required for approval as continuing legal education under the rules governing CLE in Kansas.
  • What if I want to attend a CLE activity and the provider has not applied for approval ?
    For traditional programs, you may complete the application for approval of CLE activity. There is no fee for applying for credit. Make sure all the required sections are completed and attach a copy of the timed agenda, highlighting the sessions you attended, and mail to the Commission office. Allow up three weeks for processing. Applications for nontraditional programming must be submitted by the provider.
  • May I send just 1 check for multiple fees, i.e., annual CLE fees and noncompliance fees ?
    Yes. Just make sure the Kansas Supreme Court numbers are listed with the check and that the check is submitted with the necessary paperwork for each attorney.
  • Who should the check be made payable to ?
    Kansas CLE Commission
  • I do not have credit for a course that I took earlier this compliance period. Should I send my paperwork directly to the commission ?
    If the credit is not listed on your online transcript, and it has been more than 30 days since you submitted the paperwork, and it is still within the current compliance period filing deadline, make sure the form is completed in its entirety (name, Supreme Court number, number of hours attended, etc.) and resubmit the form to the Commission's street address.
  • What happens if I am on active duty with the military ?
    If you are anticipating a military deployment, it is imperative that you notify Attorney Registration and the CLE Commission prior to deployment. You can be placed on a military exemption with the CLE office during your deployment. During this time you are not required to pay the annual CLE fee or submit CLE hours. To gain the military exemption, please submit a letter to our office requesting the exemption along with a copy of your deployment papers. Attorneys who are active duty military, and are actively licensed in Kansas, are required to report hours and pay the annual CLE fees.
  • How will my nontraditional program credits be applied to my KS CLE transcript ?
    Check with the provider on how your attendance will be reported to Kansas. However, most providers issue a verified certificate of completion for the nontraditional programs. Please make sure that certificate is mailed to our office within 30 days of the program.
  • How do I update my address ?
    Complete the address change form on the website. CLE Commission staff cannot make changes to your address via phone.
  • How can I find out more about the CLE requirements ?
    Contact our office at 785/357-6510
  • I received my renewal card from the Kansas Supreme Court. Does that mean that I have met my CLE requirements ?
    No. Our offices are separate and have separate requirements. Once you have paid your CLE fees and completed your hours, your online transcript will reflect compliance with our office.
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