|Rules Regulating The Florida
6 LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AND EDUCATION
6-10 CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT RULE
RULE 6-10.3 MINIMUM CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
Applicability. Every member except those
exempt under rule 6-10.3(c)(4) and (5) shall comply and report compliance
with the continuing legal education requirement.
(b) Minimum Hourly Continuing Legal Education
Requirements. Each member shall complete
a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved continuing legal education activity
every 3 years. Five of the 30 hours must be in approved legal ethics,
professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs. Courses
offering credit in professionalism must be approved by the center for
professionalism. These 5 hours are to be included in, and not in addition
to, the regular 30-hour requirement. If a member completes more than 30 hours
during any reporting cycle, the excess credits cannot be carried over to
the next reporting cycle.
(1) Active military service.
(2) Undue hardship.
(3) Nonresident members not delivering legal services
or advice on matters or issues governed by Florida law.
(4) Members of the full-time federal judiciary who
are prohibited from engaging in the private practice of law.
(5) Justices of the Supreme Court of Florida and
judges of the district courts of appeal, circuit courts, and county courts,
and such other judicial officers and employees as may be designated by the
Supreme Court of Florida.
(6) Inactive members of The Florida Bar.
Approval. Course approval shall be set
forth in policies adopted pursuant to this rule. Special policies shall be
adopted for courses sponsored by governmental agencies for employee attorneys
that shall exempt such courses from any course approval fee and may exempt
such courses from other requirements as determined by the board of legal
specialization and education.
(e) Accreditation of
Hours. Accreditation shall
be as set forth in the policies adopted pursuant to this rule.
If a course is presented or sponsored by or has
received credit approval from an organized state bar (whether integrated
or voluntary), such course shall be deemed an approved course for purposes
of this rule. (emphasis added.
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(f) Full-time Government
Employees. Credit hours shall be given
full-time government employees for courses presented by governmental agencies.
Application for credit approval may be submitted by the full-time government
attorney before or after attendance, without charge.
(g) Skills Training
Preadmission. The board of legal
specialization and education may approve for CLER credit a basic skills or
entry level training program developed and presented by a governmental entity.
If approved, credit earned through attendance at such course, within 8 months
prior to admission to The Florida Bar, shall be applicable under rule