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CLE FAQs

General
Which jurisdictions have adopted an MCLE requirement for its lawyers?
How can I earn participatory credit?
Help! My MCLE deadline is rapidly approaching! How can I earn last-minute credit?
How can I get proof of my participation in AILA events?
I'm a new practitioner. What AILA programs would be appropriate for me?
I'm a newer attorney in New York and need transitional credit. Are there AILA events I can attend to receive this credit?
What is my reporting deadline for my state?
I attended an AILA event, but I do not see the credit on my state CLE transcript. What should I do?
How are CLE credits calculated for an event?
Can I get teaching credit for speaking on a panel or writing/editing an article?
I lost my certificate of attendance. What do I do?

Specialized Credit
What is specialized credit?

In-Person Conferences
How often do I need to sign in?
Do I have to complete any other paperwork other than signing in on my jurisdiction's sheet?
Will I receive a New York certificate?
How much credit can I earn in my jurisdiction for in-person conferences?
I attended a chapter event. How many credits did I earn?
Do I need to report my attendance to my jurisdiction?

Live Webcasts of In-Person Conferences and Live Audio/Web Seminars
How is my attendance tracked?
Can more than one person participate on the same connection?
How do I request CLE credit for a seminar?
Do I need to report my attendance to my jurisdiction?

OnDemand
Can I receive credit for an OnDemand program?
I have listened to an OnDemand event and I heard several codes. What are these?
If I want CLE credit for an OnDemand program, is there a deadline for listening to it?
Can I get CLE credit for a podcast?



General

Which jurisdictions have adopted an MCLE requirement for its lawyers?

All jurisdictions have an MCLE requirement, except for the following:

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • South Dakota
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How can I earn participatory credit?

AILA tracks participatory credit. We verify participatory credit by requiring you to submit your attendance via webCLE. Once your attendance is verified, webCLE will produce an individualized certificate based on your jurisdictions. For distance-learning courses, AILA tracks the time a participant is connected to the call to track participation.
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Help! My MCLE deadline is rapidly approaching! How can I earn last-minute credit?

First, go to the CLE Information Sheet for your jurisdiction and see what is approvable. Most attorneys should be able to fulfill last minute credit with OnDemand programs or live audio or web seminars. Then, use our CLE Calculator to determine the number of credits for each program. Once you have participated in a program, if a certificate of attendance is needed, please email us at cle@aila.org and let us know about your deadline. When necessary, we may be able to expedite your request. AILA has several CLE podcasts that can help fulfill last-minute credit requirements. You can find these programs on Agora.
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How can I get proof of my participation in AILA events?

AILA provides certificates of attendance for all events, after you have submitted your attendance via webCLE. A self-study certificate is available on the CLE Center for those participants in jurisdictions where this format is considered self-study. Please see your jurisdiction's CLE Information Sheet for more information on your reporting requirements.
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I'm a new practitioner. What AILA programs would be appropriate for me?

Each Annual Conference has a track specifically devoted to fundamentals in immigration law. In addition, the Annual Conference, which is held each summer, provides a unique opportunity to design a flexible conference schedule, which can include fundamentals and more advanced topics in your interest area. Participants can also network with experienced immigration attorneys from across the country. Other opportunities include:

  • Audio and Web Seminars on fundamental topics
  • Fundamentals Conference
  • Annual Conference OnDemand
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I'm a newer attorney in New York and need transitional credit. Are there AILA events I can attend to receive this credit?

Yes, attorneys needing transitional credit must attend an in-person conference. The Annual Conference has transitional credits available in the fundamentals track. We occasionally hold a Fundamentals Conference, which would also qualify as transitional credit.
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What is my reporting deadline for my state?

Please see the CLE Information Sheet for reporting information in your jurisdiction.
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I attended an AILA event, but I do not see the credit on my state CLE transcript. What should I do?

AILA is not required to report attendance in every state. Please check the CLE Information Sheet for the reporting requirements in your jurisdiction. Please allow 30 days for AILA to report in the jurisdictions where necessary. If it has been more than 30 days since the end of the event, please email your inquiry to cle@aila.org and include your name, jurisdiction, and the title of the event.
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How are CLE credits calculated for an event?

CLE credits are calculated based on either a 50-minute hour or a 60-minute hour. Please go to our CLE Calculator for more information about calculating credit.
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Can I get teaching credit for speaking on a panel or writing/editing an article?

Please contact your jurisdiction in regards to the availability of teaching credit. Contact information can be found on your jurisdiction's CLE Information Sheet.
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I lost my certificate of attendance. What do I do?

Self-study certificates can be downloaded at the CLE Center. For all other events, please request a duplicate, including your name, jurisdiction, and the event title, to cle@aila.org.
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Specialized Credit

What is specialized credit?

The following are general descriptions of the types of specialized credit. Please check the CLE Information Sheet for your jurisdiction's specialized credit requirements. For more detailed definitions, please check with your jurisdiction.

Ethics and Professionalism - may include, among other things, the following: the norms relating to lawyers' professional obligations to clients (including the obligation to provide legal assistance to those in need, confidentiality, competence, conflicts of interest, the allocation of decision making, and zealous advocacy and its limits); the norms relating to lawyers' professional relations with prospective clients, courts and other legal institutions, and third parties (including the lawyers' fiduciary, accounting and record-keeping obligations when entrusted with law client and escrow monies, as well as the norms relating to civility); the sources of lawyers' professional obligations (including disciplinary rules, judicial decisions, and relevant constitutional and statutory provisions); recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas; the mechanisms for enforcing professional norms; substance abuse control; and professional values (including professional development, improving the profession, and the promotion of fairness, justice and morality).

Elimination of Bias - means a course directly related to the practice of law that is designed to educate attorneys to identify and eliminate from the legal profession and from the practice of law biases against persons because of race, gender, economic status, creed, color, religion, national origin, disability, age or sexual orientation. In California, this is specific to bias in the workplace.

Access to Justice - an activity that shall be directly related to the practice of law and designed to educate attorneys to identify and eliminate from the legal profession and from the practice of law barriers to access to justice arising from biases against persons because of race, gender, economic status, creed, color, religion, national origin, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Substance Abuse - courses designed to prevent, detect, and treat substance abuse or mental illness that impairs professional competence

Trial Skills - must relate to the practice of law and may include, among other things, problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research and writing, drafting documents, factual investigation (as taught in courses on areas of professional practice), communication, counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, organization and trial advocacy.

Law Practice Management - must relate to the practice of law and may encompass, among other things, office management, applications of technology, state and federal court procedures, stress management, management of legal work and avoiding malpractice and litigation.
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In-Person Conferences

How often do I need to sign in?

CA, DE & IL attorneys must sign in every day on webCLE. AILA records the time of your submission as evidence of your compliance with your state regulatory agency.
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Do I have to complete any other paperwork other than signing in on my jurisdiction's sheet?

AR, CO, KS, KY, MN, OH (additional form for speakers only), PR (required evaluation form), VA & WV must also fill out state-specific course cards or forms that may be available onsite.
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Will I receive a New York certificate?

No. The New York State CLE Board Approved Jurisdiction Policy is being utilized to determine the CLE hours available for New York attorney participation in this conference. Therefore, New York attorneys will need to maintain a completed AILA certificate to prove attendance during their reporting period. Be sure to submit your attendance on webCLE and keep a copy your certificate of attendance.
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How much credit can I earn in my jurisdiction for in-person conferences?

Available credit can be found on webCLE. Please note that this only applies to in-person conferences sponsored by the AILA National Office.
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I attended a chapter event. How many credits did I earn?

AILA Chapter conferences and CLE are organized and handled by individual chapters. You must contact the chapter directly for information on available CLE credit. Please note that the California Chapters Conference and the New York Chapter Symposium are the only chapter conferences for which AILA National manages CLE.
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Do I need to report my attendance to my jurisdiction?

AILA is not required to report attendance in all jurisdictions. Please check the CLE Information Sheet for your jurisdiction for the reporting requirements.
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Live Webcasts of In-Person Conferences and Live Audio/Web Seminars

How is my attendance tracked?

Participants are asked to give their name and telephone number upon connecting to the seminar. This information is used to track the minutes the participant is connected. CLE credit is eligible only for those who are connected for the entire time. Please note that for web seminars, AILA asks that you dial in via phone, in addition to connecting over the Internet. A four-digit attendance verification code is given verbally during the seminar. Participants are asked to make note of this code to prove attendance.
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Can more than one person participate on the same connection?

AILA cannot verify attendance and participation in a program unless individuals register directly for the seminar and use your own telephone line to participate in the call. Therefore, at this time, AILA cannot verify the attendance of persons who listen in on a call as part of a group, and such persons will not be eligible for CLE credit. CLE credit for group participants will be available soon.
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How do I request CLE credit for a seminar?

To receive CLE credit, you must submit your attendance on webCLE within one week of the seminar. AILA will report attendance to the jurisdictions that require it. Please check your jurisdiction's reporting requirements for more information.
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Do I need to report my attendance to my jurisdiction?

AILA reports attendance in certain jurisdictions, but attorneys must report in others. Please see the CLE Information Sheet for your jurisdiction for more information.
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OnDemand

Can I receive credit for an OnDemand program?

Most jurisdictions will grant credit for OnDemand versions of live events. Please see the CLE Information Sheet for your jurisdiction for more information.
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I have listened to an OnDemand event and I heard several codes. What are these?

These codes are for attendance verification purposes. Please make note of these codes to submit to AILA on webCLE for CLE credit.
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If I want CLE credit for an OnDemand program, is there a deadline for listening to it?

Many jurisdictions have time restrictions to ensure the most up-to-date educational information. Please check your jurisdiction's CLE Information Sheet for more information.
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Can I get CLE credit for a podcast?

Only podcasts that are 60 minutes or longer are eligible for CLE credit. Please visit Agora and search for podcasts that are CLE eligible. For more information, please email cle@aila.org.

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