CLE Requirements Using On-Demand Videos in Minnesota (I)

petition details

Petition Name
Petition to the MN Supreme Court re: On Demand CLE
Lee McGrath
Date Filed
July 12, 2012
Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Institute for Justice petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to allow lawyers to meet its requirements for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) by taking on-demand classes.

45 states impose CLE requirements on attorneys. Of these, 41 allow lawyers to satisfy some or all of these requirements through on-demand online programs. Minnesota is not one of them.

Instead, Minnesota is one of only four states whose rules require that an online CLE program be watched as a live webcast to receive accreditation. Lawyers, in other words, can receive CLE credit for watching a particular online program at its scheduled time, but cannot receive credit for the exact same program if they download it and listen to it the next day. 

A final order by the order by the Supreme Court partially granting IJ’s petition. The order allowed lawyers to take up to 15 hours of on-demand classes—or 33% of the 45-hour CLE requirement.

In a second petition in 2019, IJ obtained a ruling that allows lawyers to meet completely their CLE taking on-demand classes. Click on “CLE Requirements Using On-Demand Videos in Minnesota (II).”

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