Tuesday, September 06, 2011

205:1 General Requirements

205:1 General Requirements. [Except as provided below, an] An applicant shall submit

information demonstrating a completion of a specified number of hours of continuing legal

education, approved and accredited for continuing legal education credits by the Board on

Continuing Legal Education, specifically in the area of certification applied for or in ethics and

professionalism within the three years immediately preceding the application. [An "hour" of

continuing legal education shall include only the time spent in instruction. Meals and recess

periods are specifically excluded. Applicants instructing or participating in a continuing legal

education program as described in (b) and (c), below, will be credited with twice the time of

actual instruction. Repeat presentations of the same lecture within a twelve-month period will

gain no additional credit. Among the types of educational involvement that the Board will

consider are:

(a) Attendance at and completion of courses that relate to the improvement of trial

and litigation skills in the specific area of practice for which certification has been


(b) Teaching or lecturing in programs of study or in courses in the area of practice for

which certification has been sought;

(c) Participating as a panelist in or speaker at seminars, symposia, or lecture

programs in aspects of litigation in the area of practice for which certification has

been sought;

(d) "In-house" courses given by and for government attorneys only; provided,

however, that an applicant may not use such courses for more than 50% of the

continuing legal education credits required by this Regulation; and

(e) Such other educational involvement as the Board may, in its discretion, deem


The Board and/or Certification Committees shall review an applicant’s submitted continuing

education courses to ensure that the applicant has limited the credits required for certification to

the area of specialty sought, exclusive of the credits obtained toward fulfillment of

ethics/professional responsibility and professionalism credits as required under the mandatory

continuing legal education program. The Board reserves the right to review and approve, on a

case by case basis, other forms of educational activities that may not have been accredited under

the mandatory continuing legal education program.