Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

Rule 22 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii

On January 1, 2010, the Hawaii Supreme Court adopted new rules that require active licensed attorneys to obtain professionalism training throughout the course of their careers. Under the new rules all actively practicing Hawaii attorneys are required to complete at least three credit hours of mandatory continuing professional education each year and to report the number of credit hours completed as part of their annual license renewal process.

The rules require that attorneys receive annual training on professional education subjects, such as legal ethics, the proper administration of client trust accounts, bias awareness and prevention, and making the justice system more accessible to the public. In addition to mandatory professionalism training, the new rules also encourage attorneys to voluntarily complete at least nine additional credit hours of legal training each year on a wider range of subjects related to their practices. Attorneys will also be required to report the number of voluntary credit hours of legal training completed when they renew their licenses annually.

The new rules are the result of a lengthy review conducted by the Hawaii Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism, established in 2005 and consisting of more than 20 members, including judges, attorneys, and members of the public. The Hawaii Supreme Court circulated the Commission's proposed new rules for public comment and subsequently revised them based upon the comments received.

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*Reference: Supreme Court Adopts Continuing Education Rules Press Release from Sept. 2009

For MCLE related inquiries please contact:

Debbie Blanton
MCLE Administrator
Hawaii State Bar Association
(808) 792-7348