Recently I was asked if I had a map-view of the rules, to which I answered, "Of course I do!" I'm kind of a geek and I like to do comparisons of the rules in various ways. I'm also a visual learner, so this way of looking at the rules made a lot of sense to me.
This is the first post of a series where I'll share the maps, which analyze one aspect of the MCLE rules and regulations each. Check back in the next week or so for more. I'd also love your feedback regarding which aspects of the rules you'd most like to see. Please note that I'm comparing the rules for all US states requiring CLE, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
These maps (the full version, which is much more viewable than the small images this posting format allows) are available as a separate page on Gina's CLE Blog as well.
The first map I created was simply a comparison of how many credits each state requires its licensed attorneys to complete each year.
There are a wide variety of options, but the majority of jurisdictions (21) require attorneys to complete 12 credits per year. The average number of credits required is 12.26.
I also looked at the differences in compliance end dates. The most common compliance periods end with the calendar year on December 31 (23), with many also ending on June 30 (14). There are a few one-offs which are also reflected here.
The final map I'll make available with this post deals with the length of the compliance period in years. More than half of the jurisdictions (28) require attorneys to report each year, with the remainder requiring reporting every two (10) or three (9) years.