Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

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

The Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education ("HSBCLE") adopted revisions to its regulations consistent with the Hawaii Supreme Court’s revisions of Rule 22 of the Hawaii Rules of the Supreme Court issued on November 12, 2014. Under the new rules all actively practicing Hawaii attorneys are required to complete at least three (3) credit hours of continuing legal education each year and at least one (1) credit of ethics every three years (to be counted towards the annual continuing legal education requirement.)

Significant revisions include:

(1) Elimination of the credit distinction between Mandatory Continuing

     Professional Education ("MCPE") and Voluntary Continuing Legal Education (“VCLE”)


(2) Addition of new definitions for “continuing legal education” and “ethics” or professional responsibility education”


(3) Addition of a specific one (1) credit of ethics every three years, to be counted toward the annual continuing legal education requirement


(4) Addition of a new credit activity which allows a published scholarly legal article to qualify for two (2) credit hours per 1,500 published words


(5) An effective date of January 1, 2015

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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For MCLE related inquiries please contact:

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