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New Admittee CLE Requirements

Within 12 months of admission to the ISB, all new Idaho attorneys must complete 10 New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) continuing legal education (CLE) credits under Idaho Bar Commission Rule (IBCR) 402(f).  NAC-Approved CLE Credits address Idaho practice, procedure, and/or ethics. 

Requirements

  • Complete at least ten New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) Credits within one year following admission.
  • Of those 10 NAC-Approved credits, all attorneys must complete the four Idaho Substantive Law Courses on ethics, civil and criminal procedure, and community property. I.B.C.R. 402(f)(2).
  • Of those 10 NAC-Approved credits, if the attorney has not practiced law for at least three years prior to admission, complete the New Attorney Program. I.B.C.R. 402(f)(3).

New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) Courses

Approved courses are identified by the “NAC” (New Admittee Credit) or “NAC-Approved” designation.  If you are interested in attending a course on Idaho practice, procedure, or ethics, but it is not NAC-Approved, contact the MCLE Department at (208) 334-4500 to discuss obtaining NAC approval.

Check our list of Upcoming CLE Courses for NAC courses.  We also have NAC-Approved Online Courses.  Remember to look for the NAC designation when choosing an on-demand course.

Idaho Substantive Law Courses

The four required Idaho Substantive Law Courses on ethics, civil and criminal procedure, and community property are available as online, on-demand courses. All new Idaho lawyers must complete these four courses as part of their ten New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) requirement.

New Attorney Program

All new Idaho lawyers who have not practiced law for at least three years prior to admission must complete the New Attorney Program (NAP) within one year following admission. Credits from the New Attorney Program will be applied to the ten New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) requirement.

The next Idaho State Bar New Attorney Program will be held on September 24, 2021 in-person only. We will not be holding another program until Spring 2022. An attorney must be admitted and sworn in to the Idaho State Bar for this course to count toward the New Admittee CLE requirement. If you will not be sworn in by September 24, 2021 you will have to wait until Spring 2022 to take this course. For more information on the September 24th course, please visit our website: New Attorney Program Information and Registration.


Deadlines

New members must meet the requirements of IBCR 402(f) within one year following admission to the Idaho State Bar. The one year will begin the day the attorney is admitted to the Idaho State Bar. Attorneys can request a hardship extension to complete the requirements under IBCR 402(f)(4). Failure to meet the requirements by the deadline can result in cancelation of the attorney’s license to practice law in Idaho.

Certification of Compliance

Following admission to the Idaho State Bar, new members will receive a letter from the Licensing Department and a certificate of compliance with IBCR 402(f). This certificate showing the new admittee credits earned must be submitted to the Licensing Department by the end of the attorney’s one year deadline. A copy of the certificate is available online: New Admittee Credit Certificate of Compliance.

Who to Contact

Please contact us at (208) 334-4500 if you have any questions:

  • Kim Wilson:  Questions about meeting the NAC requirements — certificate of compliance, number of credits still needed, self study v. not self study, deadlines, etc.
  • Dayna Ferrero:  Information on and registering for upcoming New Attorney Programs or other Idaho Law Foundation or Idaho State Bar NAC approved courses.
  • Teresa Baker:  Information on NAC approved online on-demand courses.

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