CLE Overview

Our CLE Program

The ISBA CLE Department is dedicated to meeting your educational needs. We offer nearly 70 live CLE courses a year that cater to new and experienced attorneys across a wide range of practices. Courses are offered through a variety of media to meet our members’ needs. ISBA courses are offered through a variety of formats to meet our members’ needs and busy schedules:

  • Live seminars
  • Live online webinars
  • On-Demand seminars

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ISBA Member Rewards
The ISBA is committed to providing quality CLE opportunities at some of the lowest rates in the country to our members. On average, our standard members save up to 30% off registration fees when compared to non-member rates. Individuals within the first five years of practice, who are also members of the ISBA Young Lawyers Division, save approximately 50% on all other event registrations. YLD members (years 1-5) have access to the entire on-demand catalog at no charge. Plus, access to our Annual Meeting is free in a member's first three years of YLD membership.

On-Demand Seminars
The ISBA On-Demand Catalog allows our members the flexibility to increase their knowledge at their convenience 24/7. Earning CLE credit has never been easier with our mobile-ready content available whenever you need it, wherever you are.

On-demand CLE activity may be credited toward the CLE requirement of fifteen (15) clock hours per year, established by Court Rules 41.3 and 42.2 of the Iowa Supreme Court. However, no individual attorney may claim more than six hours of pre-recorded computer-based CLE in any one calendar year. (Maximum of 6 hours of on-demand CLE each year).

YLD members (years 1-5) have access to the entire catalog at no charge.

CLE Index
The ISBA CLE index grants you instant access to hundreds of outlines from over 10 years of CLE events. The outlines included in the index are a great way to supplement your research for any case.

The CLE Index is a fully searchable database. You can search by author, seminar subject, or keyword. Because of the complexities of sifting through so much information for something very specific, you may not always get what you are looking for on the first try.

Now you not only get access to the outlines listed in the CLE index, but video content is available for some of our most recent seminars. Please note videos viewed via the CLE Index do not qualify for CLE credit in Iowa.

CLE Season Pass
Looking for an economical way to take CLE? Sign up for the ISBA CLE Season Pass and save big. Season pass holders gain free admission to ISBA live Seminars, including Annual Meeting, live webinars, telephone presentations, as well as unlimited access to the ISBA On-Demand Catalog. The cost of the season pass is $600 and is a fraction of the price you would pay without the pass. The more seminars you attend with your ISBA Season Pass the more you save.

Example of how you can save with the ISBA Season Pass:

  • Annual Meeting registration for ISBA Member - $325
  • Bloethe Tax School registration for ISBA Member - $275
  • Bridge the Gap registration for ISBA Member - $300
  • Total price of all three seminars for an ISBA Member - $900
  • At a cost of $600, the ISBA CLE Season Pass holder would save $300 if registering for the same three events

The season pass guarantees the pass holder tuition-free admission for one year. Co-sponsored events and non-CLE portions of events are not included. Purchase of the ISBA CLE Season Pass includes CLE outlines, most which are available at no further cost. For an event where a separate charge for hard copy materials exists, such as the Bloethe Tax School, seminar materials will be provided electronically at no additional cost.

This pass is for ISBA members only and cannot be used by anyone other than for whom the pass is issued. Under no circumstances will the term on any ISBA CLE Season Pass be extended beyond the 12-month span date.

The term of the pass will begin once a member has provided payment for the ISBA CLE Season Pass online. If sending in a printable form, the term of the pass will begin when emailed, faxed or postmarked to the ISBA office in Des Moines.

CLE Credit Information
If you are looking for an activity ID and credit information for an ISBA seminar please click on the links below by year.

2012 CLE Credit Information
2013 CLE Credit Information
2014 CLE Credit Information
2015 CLE Credit Information
2016 CLE Credit Information

2017 CLE Credit Information
2018 CLE Credit Information

2019 CLE Credit Information (2019 Fastcase credit info can be found here)

Commission on Continuing Legal Education
The Commission on Continuing Legal Education administers a program established by the court which requires attorneys to attend continuing legal education (CLE) classes each year. Iowa’s lawyer and judges must complete a minimum of 15 hours of legal education accredited by the Commission each calendar year. This requirement helps ensure that lawyers and judges keep abreast of the latest legal developments. Hours in excess of the minimum requirements may be carried over subject to specific restrictions. The 15 hours must include a minimum of 3 hours every two calendar years ending in the odd-numbered year devoted exclusively to the area of legal ethics. Up to 6 hours of legal education may be attended “on demand” through unmoderated CLE events.

Learn more about annual reporting requirements

If you are looking for information on a course that is not an ISBA seminar, visit the commission’s CLE event search site.

The Commission on Continuing Legal Education is an Iowa Judicial Branch commission. For questions on the regulation of CLE, please contact that commission at (515) 725-8029 or

Certificate of Exemption
An Iowa-licensed attorney who does not practice law in Iowa may apply for a certificate of exemption from CLE requirements, pursuant to Iowa Court Rule 42.6. Chapter 42 of the Iowa Court Rules should be carefully examined regarding eligibility and reinstatement requirements before applying for exemption. For information, visit the Commission on Continuing Legal Education website.

Contact the ISBA CLE Department at (515) 697-7874 or email for questions concerning CLE credit of ISBA-sponsored events. For further information concerning the court rules regulating CLE for non-ISBA sponsored events, contact the Commission on Continuing Legal Education at (515) 725-8029 or