On September 29, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court adopted a mandatory MCLE rule. Credits earned on or after January 1, 2006 may be applicable to attorneys licensed in Illinois. Rule Highlights:
- Biennial requirement commencing July 1 of either even or odd years, depending on the attorney's last name.
- Twenty (20) credits are required in the first biennial period under the new rules, but escalates to 30 credits for periods ending 2012 and later.
- Four (4) credits must be in the area of professionalism, diversity issues, mental illness and addiction issues, civility, or legal ethics.
- Attorneys admitted on or after January 1, 2006 must complete a 15-credit Basic Skills Course in their first year of admission.
- While the new rules allow for continuing education providers to achieve approved provider status, all in-house courses and professional responsibility courses must be approved through an individual activity approval process.
Click here to see the new rule. http://www.state.il.us/court/SupremeCourt/Rules/Amend/2005/MRAmend092905.htm