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Supreme Court Rule 53 -
NH Minimum Continuing Legal Education (NHMCLE)

NH Supreme Court Rule 53
Each annual period (July 1 - June 30), NH attorneys are required to obtain the following:
•12 hours (minimum) of NHMCLE-approved credit, including:
▪6 hours of live programming
▪2 hours of ethics and/or professionalism
To assist the Supreme Court with effective and efficient application of Supreme Court Rule 53, administration of the NHMCLE program is based at the Bar Center and overseen by the court-appointed New Hampshire Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. The NHMCLE program of the New Hampshire Supreme Court should not be confused with the New Hampshire Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education program.

Self-Reporting System Takes Effect

A new member-centered reporting system is being implemented as part of the NH Bar's administration of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 – NHMCLE.

Key points:
For continuing education programs taken before July 1, 2014, use the forms to apply for credit that are listed as links below. Please submit applications for credit by July 15. Read more about checking your online record for pre-July 1 programs.

For continuing education programs taken on July 1 or after:
  • Attorneys will self-determine if a program is eligible for NHMCLE credit and will report eligible activity using an online tool available soon. (Tool in final testing stage.)
  • NOTE: Qualifying CLE programs provided by the NH Bar Association will automatically be entered on the online tool when it becomes operational.
  • Please retain the following information for self-reporting with the tool when it becomes available:
    1. Date of attorney's actual participation
    2. Date of original live program – if different from #1 (cannot be more than 3 years prior to date of attorney's actual participation)
    3. Name of course provider/sponsor/producer
    4. Course name
    5. Setting Type (live classroom; live webcast; interactive video; live telephone seminar; in-office course; non-interactive video; non-interactive audio)
    6. Number of "Ethics/Professionalism" "instruction minutes" in course (e.g. not including breaks)
    7. Number of non "Ethics/Professionalism" "instruction minutes" in course (e.g. not including breaks)
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Web version or printable version

Interim Report Info - Compliance year ended 6/30/14

Access Your Online CLE Record

If you have never used the For Members area of the Web site and do not know your username and password, send an email request to, indicating "member login" in the subject field, and a response will be sent as soon as possible after verifying your member status. Log into the For Members area, then select NHMCLE Attorney Records from the list of links on the For Members page. Select "Attendance" at the top of the page and you will see your individual course credits on the page entitled, "Course Attendance Detail."

You may request revisions to credit hours listed online by clicking on the ? next to the course title, explaining the problem in the email that is automatically generated and sending it to the NHMCLE Office. The email already contains the course information.

General Information
•You cannot directly add courses to your online record.
•If you take a course from a recognized Annual Sponsor
a) Be sure to ask the sponsor to report your attendance to NHMCLE.
b) Check your online record 30 days after you request that your attendance be reported to be sure the Annual Sponsor reported to NHMCLE.
c) If you do not see your attendance posted to your online record after the 30 day period in which Annual Sponsors have to report, please contact the sponsor directly to again request they report your participation to the NHMCLE program.
•If you take a course not offered by a recognized Annual Sponsor, please submit the Attorney Credit Application Form (with attachments) to NHMCLE within 30 days of course completion to request the course be approved and entered into your online NHMCLE record.
•If you have other questions about your online NHMCLE record, please e-mail your name, NHBA ID number and questions to the NHMCLE Office or call 603-715-EASY (3279).
•SC Rule 53 specifies that lawyers are required to maintain a file of their CLE course attendance records for 2 (two) years following compliance. All course entries in the online attorney records are subject to random annual audit, and lawyers are required to have the records available. If records are missing from your course attendance file, please request duplicates from program sponsors.

NHMCLE Information, Forms, and Resources

Attorney Online CLE Record of Attendance

CLE Provider Information

Annual Sponsor List

Attorney Credit Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Memo to New Lawyers

NHMCLE Board Members

Precedent Decisions
             Teaching Credit Worksheet
You may be able to take credit for CLE's you've taught.

Publication Credit Worksheet
You may be able to take credit for articles you've had published.

Rule 53

Rule 53 Regulations

Summary of Rule 53

Sponsor Credit Applications & Forms


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