Lawyers may seek admission to the Maine Bar by motion (see full text of Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A) upon completion of at least fifteen (15) hours of continuing legal education on Maine practice and procedure. Such CLE credit hours must be completed within one year immediately preceding the date on which the applicant is certified for admission.
The fifteen-hour requirement includes one live credit hour primarily concerned with issue of ethics of professional responsibility and one live credit hour primarily concerned with recognition and avoidance of harassment and discriminatory communication or conduct related to the practice of law as set out in the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct. Of the remaining thirteen hours, no more than seven credit hours may be earned through self-study courses.
The required credits are often referred to informally as "PRACPRO" credits. Please note that not all courses accredited for CLE credit meet the requirement. PRACPRO courses are a subset of courses approved in Maine which have a Maine practice and procedure component. Such CLE credit hours must be completed within one year immediately preceding the date on which the applicant is certified for admission.
The one ethics and one H&D credits do not need to be specific to Maine practice and procedure.
Once all 15 credits have been earned, lawyers email their certificates of completion in a single email submission to the CLE Director for the Board of Overseers of the Bar at DMorse@mebaroverseers.org. Please do not email courses until all have been completed because the Board does not track PRACPRO CLE progress for lawyers not yet admitted to the bar.
When submitting your certificates please include proof of your payment of the $75 fee for issuing the certificate of compliance.
The fee payment can be made online here: LawPay Please indicate on the reference line your name and '11A Applicant Cert.'
Admission questions unrelated to the CLE requirement should be directed to the Board of Bar Examiners.
If you have questions regarding the required 15 hours of continuing legal
education in Maine Practice and Procedure, please contact:
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David Morse, Esq. CLE Directory
the Board of Overseers