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Associated Rule

Admitted in Illinois?
Attorneys licensed in Illinois now have MCLE requirements. For more information, please visit http://www.mcleboard.org/, the web site of the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Admitted in other state(s)?
Please visit clereg.org for more information about CLE in other states.

Ethics Credit Policy

The ethics portion of a course shall be directed to the ethics of attorneys as opposed to the ethical or moral behavior of other professionals or of people in general. Such courses shall include instruction focusing on the Rules of Professional Responsibility as they relate to law firm management, malpractice avoidance, attorneys fees, legal ethics, and the duties of attorneys to the judicial system, the public, clients and other attorneys.

Although ethics can be integrated into the program (as opposed to a freestanding, single-issue program), it still must appear as a separate agenda item and must be at least thirty minutes in duration to be given credit.

Sponsors must separately certify attorney ethics credits on the sponsor's attendance reports.

CLE Courses and Sponsors

CLE Scholarship Information

In 2006, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) created the ICLEF Scholarship Fund.  The Scholarship Fund was established to help meet the educational needs of attorneys and continues to provide much needed relief to those facing a financial crunch. 

The ICLEF Scholarship Fund allocates money annually to cover the costs of registration and materials for those attorneys who are selected through an application process.  Candidates must submit an application to ICLEF and must be an Indiana attorney in good standing.  The application should include a description of scholarship need, addressing any financial, family, health or other factors that necessitate financial help.  The applicant should also describe how the particular ICLEF course will benefit the individual and his or her law career.  Due to the demand for this scholarship, a maximum of six (6) hours will be awarded per person per calendar year, unless otherwise approved. 

Applications are accepted year round.  Please submit your application at least two weeks prior to the ICLEF seminar for which you are seeking a scholarship.

Attorneys interested in more information on scholarship opportunities from ICLEF may contact Marie Wilmer at: marie@iclef.org - or - (317) 637-9102, ext. 236.

The Indiana Commission for CLE has no role in the awarding of scholarships.

Applications for Accreditation

Before submitting this application to the Commission for consideration, please review the following:

  1. Determine whether you wish to apply for a traditional CLE course, in-house, distance education or NLS course. These are explained further below.

    In-House Education. In-House programs include those primarily designed for the exclusive benefit of attorneys employed by a private organization or law firm. In-House programs also include those programs presented only to those attorneys and/or their clients, even if the program was not designed for those attorneys. The education must be provided by a judge, attorney or sponsor of legal education who is not a member, employee or acting of counsel of organization or law firm.

    Governmental and Academic attorneys may receive unlimited in-house credits.  Nongovernmental or non-academic attorneys may receive up to three hours per three-year educational period through in-house means.  NLS is unavailable for in-house programs.  Applications for accreditation must be received at least thirty days prior to the program.  Effective January 1, 2005.

    Distance Education Courses. Distance education courses are those that do not require a student to be in the same location as the instructor and do not require an attendant at the learning site to monitor attendance. The courses must be interactive, and the sponsor must be able to verify continuing attendance of the attendee to the Commission. The verification may be done through the use of PIN numbers, random prompts or otherwise through guidelines the Commission may develop.  Attorneys may receive up to six hours of credit per three-year education period for distance education activities. Applications for accreditation must be received at least thirty days prior to the program.  Effective January 1, 2005.

    Non-Legal Subject Matter ("NLS") Courses. NLS courses are those courses that are not substantially legal that enhance an attorney's competence in his or her individual practice.  Attorneys can report a maximum of twelve hours toward the three-year 36-hour requirement using NLS courses. Complete the beige "Application for Accreditation of a Non-Legal Subject Matter Course. " NLS is unavailable for in-house and distance education programs.

  2. Determine which portions of a course should be accredited.
     
    Total Accreditation. Complete the "Application for Accreditation of Continuing Legal Education Activity."

    Partial Accreditation. An applicant must apply separately for accreditation of the legal portions of a seminar, where the substance of a seminar is not entirely legal. The Commission may deny accreditation for an entire program where this separate application is not made.  Complete the enclosed “Application of Accreditation of Continuing Legal Education Activity," and identify those topics for which you request accreditation.

  3. Check that form is complete: signed and properly verified.

  4. Insure that the required course enclosures are provided.

  5. Check that instruction minutes have been computed correctly:

    a. Only time of actual instruction counts toward credit hours.
    b. Credit is not given for introductory remarks, breaks, or business meetings.
    c. If credit is requested for a dinner or luncheon speaker, minutes will be deducted for service of the meal.

  6. Remember sponsors are encouraged to plan activities that are at least 60 minutes long.

  7. Note that in order to receive ethics accreditation, a topic must have ethics for attorneys as its main focus and must be at least 30 minutes long. The Commission's ethics policy is as follows:

    The ethics portion of a course shall be directed to the ethics of attorneys as opposed to the ethical or moral behavior of other professionals or of people in general. Such courses shall include instruction focusing on the Rules of Professional Responsibility as they relate to law firm management, malpractice avoidance, attorneys fees, legal ethics, and the duties of attorneys to the judicial system, the public, clients and other attorneys. Although ethics can be integrated into the program (as opposed to a freestanding, single-issue program), it still must appear as a separate agenda item and must be at least thirty minutes in duration to be given credit. Sponsors must separately certify attorney ethics credits on the sponsor's attendance reports.

  8. For Internet research courses and computer skills courses, complete course materials must be submitted with the application form.

Return completed application to:
Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education
30 South Meridian Street
Suite 950
Indianapolis, IN  46204-3564