Common Questions About CLER
1. What is CLER?
2. What is the requirement?
Over a 3 year period, each member must complete
30 hours, 5 of which are in the area of ethics, professionalism,
substance abuse, or mental illness awareness.
3. Where may I find information on CLER?
4. Who administers the CLER program?
5. How often and by when do I need to report compliance?
6. Will I receive notice advising me that my reporting
period is upcoming?
1) CLER Reporting Affidavit, if you still
lack hours; or,
2) CLER Notice of Compliance, if you have
completed your hours.
7. What do I do with the Affidavit?
8. What do I do with the Notice of Compliance?
9. What happens if I am late returning my Affidavit
or do not complete the required hours?
10. Will I receive any other information about my
11. Are there any exemptions from CLER?
1) Active military service
2) Undue hardship (upon approval by the
3) Nonresident membership (see rule for
4) Full-time federal judiciary
5) Justices of the Supreme Court of Florida
and judges of district, circuit and county courts
6) Inactive members of The Florida Bar
12. Other than attending approved CLE courses, how
may I earn credit hours?
1) Lecturing at an approved CLE program
2) Serving as a workshop leader or panel
3) Writing and publishing in a professional
publication or journal
4) Teaching (graduate law or law school
5) University attendance (graduate law or
law school courses)
13. How do I submit various activities for credit
14. How are attendance hours posted on my CLER record?
If the program is sponsored by The Florida Bar,
credit will be automatically posted to your record upon completion
of the course. If sponsored by another organization, you will be
given a scantron computer card to complete. You may either return
this card to the sponsor or mail it directly to The Florida Bar.
15. How long does it take for hours to be posted
to my CLER record?
Computer card processing takes approximately
6 to 8 weeks. You should refer to the mailing label of your Florida
Bar News to check your current hours. Please note, however, that
the labels are printed one month in advance of the issue on which
they appear and therefore, credit hours may not appear for 8 to
16. How may I find information on programs sponsored
by The Florida Bar?
17. If I accumulate more than 30 hours, may I use
the excess for my next reporting cycle?
Excess hours may not be carried forward. The
standing policies of the BLSE, as approved by the Supreme Court
of Florida specifically state in 6.03(b):
... CLER credit may not be counted for more
than one reporting period and may not be carried forward to subsequent
18. Will out-of-state CLE hours count toward CLER?
19. If I have questions, whom do I call?