The Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education has created a new document, available on their website, entitled "Continuing Legal Education Requirements for Newly Admitted New Jersey Lawyers".
This document defines "newly admitted lawyer" for purposes of the MCLE requirements, and details the requirements for this group. It also includes a chart to assist attorneys in determining their compliance period and requirements.
The document notes a change in a previous interpretation of the rules with regards to when an attorney may begin earning credits.
Previously, the Board stated that attorneys could begin earning credits at the date of their admission to the bar. Now, the Board will allow credits earned prior to this date to be counted in some circumstances.
"During the first compliance period, a newly admitted lawyer may obtain credit for continuing legal education courses taken after his or her graduation from law school but before admission to the NJ bar, so long as those courses were not taken more than 12 months prior to the lawyer’s date of admission to the New Jersey bar."
This new interpretation will greatly assist new attorneys who often take programs in the interim period between graduation from law school and admission.