Continuing Legal Education Reporting Periods
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North Dakota's attorney membership is divided into three compliance groups. Compliance periods for the three groups are staggered so that each group reports compliance in a different year. Compliance periods are 36 months (three years) in length (depending on date of licensure).

Example:

  • CLE Reporting Group 2 reports in 2019 for the period beginning July 1, 2016–June 30, 2019.
  • CLE Reporting Group 3 reports in 2020 for the period beginning July 1, 2017–June 30, 2020.
  • CLE Reporting Group 1 reports in 2021 for the period beginning July 1, 2018–June 30, 2021.

Reporting Dates for New Bar Admittees

Admission Date Reporting Period Report Due
July - December 2015 Group 2 June 30, 2019
January - June 2016 Group 2 June 30, 2019
July - December 2016 Group 3 June 30, 2020
January - June 2017 Group 3 June 30, 2020
July - December 2017 Group 1 June 30, 2021
January - June 2018 Group 1 June 30, 2021
July - December 2018 Group 2   June 30, 2022
January - June 2019 Group 2   June 30, 2022
July - December 2019 Group 3  June 30, 2023
January - June 2020 Group 3  June 30, 2023
July - December 2020 Group 1   June 30, 2024
January - June 2021 Group 1  June 30, 2024

Policies Regarding CLE Reporting Groups

Policy 4.1

  • Beginning of Reporting Periods
    The initial reporting period will commence the July 1st following the date of re-licensure or initial licensure. New admittees may carry-over credits earned from courses taken after August 1 of the year of their admission. Attorneys admitted by motion or re-licensure will not receive credit for courses taken prior to becoming licensed.

Policy 4.2

  • Modification of Reporting Period.
    Reporting periods may be changed to correspond with reporting periods in other states, but the attorneys requesting the change must move their ND reporting period back one or two years.

Policy 4.3

  • Exemptions from Filing.
    Judges, including federal judges, full-time magistrate judges and federal administrative law judges (ALJs) are exempt from filing under the rules.

Policy 4.4

  • Carry-Over Credits.
    Credit hours in excess of the 45 hour minimum taken during a reporting period may be carried over to the next reporting period. The credit hours carried over that are in excess of the 45 hour minimum may not be ethics credits.
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