For newly admitted attorneys, "Bridge the Gap" or "Transitional" CLE
requirements apply. These regulations specify that 32 hours (16 hours per year)
of CLE credits must be completed during the first two years of admission to the
bar. The 16 hours each year must include 3 hours of ethics and professionalism
credits, 6 hours of skills, and 7 hours of practice management
or areas of professional practice. The courses taken by newly
admitted attorneys must be designated as "transitional" or "bridge the gap". For
those who have graduated from law school but not yet been admitted to the bar,
up to 16 CLE credit hours earned between graduation and admission may be applied
to the 32 hour requirement.
For those admitted for more than two years ("Experienced Attorneys"), 24 CLE
credits must be completed during each biennial bar registration cycle. The 24
hours must include four hours of ethics and professionalism, with the remaining
20 hours in any CLE category. Click
here to link to the Unified Court System's website for the full text of all
New York State Continuing Legal Education regulations.