Hours for Participation in College Courses

Hours for Participation in College Courses

Sponsor or school: Hours may be awarded for completion of a course offered by a school that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. For courses taken through a program that is not nationally accredited, CLE hours will be awarded as if the program taken was a seminar, conference or workshop, to a maximum of 15 hours.

Types of programs: Ethics courses or courses in specific practice areas as part of a paralegal studies curriculum or law school curriculum. Some business courses may qualify for non-substantive hours.

CLE Hours: Hours may be awarded for completion of a college course offered by a college or university that is regionally accredited so long as a grade of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a grade C or above, is achieved. 

CLE hours calculation: Certified Paralegals will be awarded 10 CLE hours for each academic quarter unit completed and 15 CLE hours for each academic semester unit completed.

Filing requests for CLE hours:  Request for hours for participating in college courses should contain the following:

  • Certified paralegal contact information
  • Course description
  • Length of course
  • If the course was taken for credit, a transcript showing completion with a grade C or above and the number of hours/credits awarded
  • If the course was audited, documentation showing the course was completed. This would include an instructor’s verification if not shown on the transcript.

Requests should be submitted in writing with the required documentation.