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The Commission on Continuing Legal Education administers a program established by the court which requires attorneys to attend legal education classes each year. Lawyers and judges must complete a minimum of 15 hours of legal education accredited by the Commission. The minimum number of legal education hours must include a minimum of three hours every two years, of education devoted exclusively to legal ethics. Hours in excess of the minimum requirements may be carried over subject to specific restrictions. Click here for the court rules regulating CLE. This requirement helps ensure that lawyers and judges keep abreast of the latest legal developments.

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An Iowa-licensed attorney who does NOT in fact practice law in Iowa may apply for a certificate of exemption from CLE requirements, pursuant to rule 42.6 of the Iowa Court Rules. Chapter 42 of the Iowa Court Rules should be carefully examined regarding eligibility and reinstatement requirements before applying for exemption. Click here for Court Rules.

Email the ISBA CLE Department or call (515)-697-7874 for questions concerning CLE credit of ISBA sponsored events. Contact the Commission on Continuing Legal Education for further information concerning the court rules regulating CLE.

Commission on Continuing Legal Education
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 725-8029

The Iowa State Bar Association • 625 East Court Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph. (515) 243-3179 • Fax (515) 243-2511