August 17, 2022 Announcement of New Category of CLE credit and NEW REQUIREMENT for ALL New York Attorneys:
The New York State Continuing Legal Education Program Rules (22 NYCRR § 1500) have been amended to add Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection as a new CLE category of credit. Further, both experienced and newly admitted attorneys will be required to complete at least 1 CLE credit hour in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection as part of their CLE requirement. Attorneys must comply with the new requirement beginning on July 1, 2023. CLE providers can begin issuing NY CLE credit in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection to attorneys who take qualifying courses beginning January 1, 2023. So, for example, Experienced Attorneys due to re-register on or after July 1, 2023 (their birthday is on or after July 1, 2023), must complete at least 1 credit in this category as part of their biennial requirement. Newly admitted attorneys who are admitted to the NY Bar on or after July 1, 2023, must complete at least 1 credit in this category as part of their newly admitted CLE requirement.
Topics in this new CLE category of credit may include, among other things: cyber threats, cyberattacks, data breaches, the importance of securing and protecting electronic data and communication, appropriate cybersecurity and privacy policies and protocols, and compliance with professional and ethical obligations to protect confidential client and law firm data.
While a requirement to complete a CLE credit in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection has been added to the rules, the TOTAL number of credits experiences attorneys and newly admitted attorneys must complete in each reporting cycle remains the same.
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ACCREDITED PROVIDER STATUS
- New York County Lawyers' Association is currently certified as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. NYCLA CLE courses also qualify for fulfilling mandatory CLE requirements in the State of Connecticut.
New York State MCLE Requirements
to access current NYS CLE Board MCLE Rules and Regulations, as well as relevant forms, all of which may be downloaded. Please contact the Office of Court Administration, Communications Dept., 212-428-2105, with any specific compliance questions.
New Jersey State Board on Continuing Legal Education
to access regulations and forms from the New Jersey Board of Continuing Education. Attendees at courses qualifying for CLE credit in New Jersey must sign in on the designated sign-in sheets and sign their certificate of attendance at the end of the program. Courses that qualify for New Jersey CLE credit will be so designated on the NYCLA website.
New Connecticut MCLE Requirements
Under Sec. 2-27 A of the Connecticut Practice book, each attorney admitted in Connecticut shall certify, on the registration form required by Section 2-27 (d), that the attorney has completed in the last calendar year no less than twelve credit hours of appropriate continuing legal education, at least two hours of which shall be in ethics/professionalism. The ethics and professionalism components may be integrated with other courses. Click here
to access the Ct. CLE Log and click here
for the Rules and FAQs concerning the new mandatory CLE requirements.
Course Credit for Other MCLE States
Many states with MCLE requirements will grant continuing legal education credits for our courses. If you are admitted to practice in a MCLE state, please contact the appropriate State CLE Administration Office for information.