(The Center Square) – The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday granted A petition that alleviates the regulatory burden on lawyers by doubling the number of On-Demand Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits accepted.
Minnesota attorneys must complete 45 credit hours of CLE courses every three years in order to maintain their licenses. Previously, however, on-demand credit hours were capped at 15, although some lawyers claim they are more convenient, relevant, affordable, and more numerous than personal CLEs.
Though the petition was first filed As the Minnesota Supreme Court found, the libertarian Institute of Justice (IJ) and attorneys from four other law firms “changed access to legal programs and legal services significantly” in August 2019. 19 pandemic from March 18, 2020.
Under Tuesday’s order, the CLE limit will be doubled to 30 credit hours starting with attorneys whose reporting period begins on July 1, 2021, and will be removed from the first reporting period after July 1, 2024.
“Because of our inherent power to regulate legal practice, we conclude that the petition should be granted. However, the transition to unlimited on-demand CLE reporting will be gradual in more than three years and consideration will be given to maintaining a lower limit on CLE credits on demand if there is an important reason to do so, as set out below ” the court wrote.
While some critics have argued that on-demand CLE classes are inferior to personal classes, the court saw “no reason to expect a decline in the Minnesota CLE system just because 100 percent of credit hours can be secured in a format – on demand programming – and not some other format, i.e. live programming. “
“The court’s decision will ultimately allow all Minnesota attorneys, particularly those who work in the state of Minnesota, more flexibility in obtaining CLE loans,” IJ attorney Jaimie Cavanaugh said in a statement. “For the past nine months, most of the legal profession has been forced to work remotely to meet client requirements. It is fitting that lawyers can finally get all of their CLE credits online and on demand too. “
Paul Loraas, previously a member of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, PA told Center Square, which expands on-demand CLE courses, offers lawyers flexibility.
He said that when needed, CLE credits allow him to select classes that could benefit his day-to-day work.
“Before I had to get a certain number of credits and only had a limited amount of time, I tried doing a full-time CLE to knock off as many credits as possible,” he said. “But now, with the on-demand credits, you can actually choose single-credit courses that are relevant to our practice.”