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New Admittee CLE Requirements

Within 12 months of admission to the ISB, Idaho Bar Commission Rule (IBCR) 402(f) requires each member to complete at least 10 New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) continuing legal education (CLE) credits.  NAC-Approved CLE Credits address Idaho practice, procedure, and/or ethics.  Of these 10 NAC-Approved CLE credits, attorneys shall complete courses specifically addressing Idaho substantive law on ethics, civil and criminal procedure, and community property.  The NAC-Approved CLE credits completed by an attorney in his or her first year of admission to the ISB will be counted towards satisfying the 30 CLE credit hour requirement in Idaho Bar Commission Rule 402(a)(1).

A new member who has actively practiced law for less than 3 years in any jurisdiction prior to admission to the ISB must also complete the New Attorney Program within the first year of admission to the ISB.  The New Attorney Program consists of an introduction to practice, procedure, and ethics.

The next Idaho State Bar New Attorney Program will be held on May 12, 2021 via live webcast only.  We will not be holding another program until fall 2021 which will most likely be in-person attendance only.  For more information on the May 12th course, please visit our website: New Attorney Program Information and Registration.

Requirements

  • Complete at least ten New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) Credits within one year following admission.
  • Complete the four Idaho Substantive Law Courses on ethics, civil and criminal procedure, and community property.
  • If the attorney has not practiced law for at least three years prior to admission, complete the New Attorney Program within one year following admission.

New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) Courses

New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) credits can only be earned through courses on Idaho practice, procedure, and ethics that have been approved by the Idaho State Bar.  Approved courses are identified by the “NAC” (New Admittee Credit) or “NAC-Approved” designation.  The Standards for New Admittee Credit Approval contain the criteria for NAC approval. 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 the possibility of NAC approval.

Credits from the four required Idaho Substantive Law Courses and, if required, the New Attorney Program are included in the ten (10) credit NAC requirement.

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 a rental or online 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 active and house counsel members must complete these four courses as part of their ten New Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) requirement.

New Attorney Program

All new active and house counsel members 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 can be applied to the ten Admittee Credit-Approved (NAC-Approved) requirement.

The next Idaho State Bar New Attorney Program will be held on May 12, 2021 via live webcast only. We will not be holding another program until fall 2021. The course in the fall will most likely be in-person attendance only. For more information on the May 12th 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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