New Lawyer Training FAQs
(For Attorneys Admitted by Examination or Registered for Corporate Status)

  1. Who is required to complete a New Lawyers Training Program, and what are the basic requirements?
  2. What if I have registered for inactive status?
  3. Who is exempt from the New Lawyers Training Program requirement?
  4. How do I meet my New Lawyers Training Program requirement?
  5. What is a New Lawyers Training Program?
  6. What will I learn in a New Lawyers Training Program?
  7. How can I locate a New Lawyers Training Program?
  8. If I take a New Lawyers Training Program outside Ohio, will I receive credit in Ohio?
  9. If I take a New Lawyers Training Program before I am admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, will I receive credit?
  10. What happens if I take more than the required 12 hours of New Lawyers Training education?
  11. What if I have further questions?

1. Who is required to complete a New Lawyers Training Program, and what are the basic requirements?

Attorneys admitted by examination and attorneys initially registering for corporate status on or after Nov. 1, 2008, must comply with New Lawyers Training ("NLT") educational requirements of Gov. Bar R. X, unless otherwise exempted from the requirements (see number 3, below).

General Requirements

See chart for a summary of NLT requirements by year of admission and last name.

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2. What if I have registered for inactive status?

If you are registered for inactive status with the Office of Attorney Services you are exempt from NLT.

If you change your registration status to active, you will be required to complete the NLT requirements by the end of the biennium in which active status is reinstated. However, if you go on active status on or after July 1 of the second year of the biennium, you must complete the NLT requirements by the end of the next biennium.

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3. Who is exempt from the New Lawyers Training Program requirement?

NOTE: There is NO EXEMPTION from the New Lawyers Training requirements for attorneys who are registered for active status and living or working out-of-state.

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4. How do I meet my New Lawyers Training Program requirement?

You must earn at least 12 hours of New Lawyers Training instruction by attending programs that have been accredited by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education as New Lawyers Training education.  You may earn the twelve hours either entirely through classroom instruction or through a combination of classroom instruction and mentoring.

Classroom Instruction 

Mentoring 

If you are earning your New Lawyer Training hours by participating in mentoring and through classroom attendance, please note the following:

You may meet nine of the twelve required New Lawyers Training hours by participating in the Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program sponsored by the Commission on Professionalism. If you participate in mentoring, you also are required to complete an additional three classroom hours of instruction on professionalism, law office management, and client fund management. For additional information on mentoring, please go to www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/mentoring/default.asp.

Reporting Requirement

If you were admitted to the practice of law in 2012 or earlier, you will be required to file a final reporting transcript by Jan. 31 of your reporting year.

However, if you are admitted to the practice of law in 2013 and thereafter, you will not be required to submit a final reporting transcript.

See chart for a summary of NLT requirements by year of admission and last name.

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5. What is a New Lawyers Training Program?

It is a program that has been accredited as a New Lawyers Training Course by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education. The instruction shall be be live, including in-person, live webcast, or live teleconference and satisfy the requirements of CCLE Reg. 406. See, CCLE Reg. 414.

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6. What will I learn in a New Lawyers Training Program?

A New Lawyers Training course is developed as a basic level course that introduces new attorneys to the "nuts and bolts" of practicing law.

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7. How can I locate a New Lawyers Training Program?

Check our website at www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/CLE/ActivitySearch. On the website, there is a search feature that uses a drop down menu. Select “New Attorney” as the Activity Type and press the Search button.  The search will return only those activities that are approved for New Lawyers Training.

To sign up for a NLT program, please contact the sponsor directly.

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8. If I take a New Lawyers Training Program outside Ohio, will I receive credit in Ohio?

Generally, no.

However, beginning January 1, 2014, amendments to the continuing legal education rule will go in effect. This means that effective January 1, 2014, attorneys and sponsors may seek approval of an out-of-state New Lawyers Training activity.  See, CCLE Reg. 410 (Post-Program Approval), effective January 1, 2014.

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9. If I take a New Lawyers Training Program before I am admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, will I receive credit?

No. To receive NLT or CLE credit in Ohio, you must first be admitted to the practice of law in Ohio.

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10. What happens if I take more than the required 12 hours of New Lawyers Training education?

You may be able to carry over up to 12 hours of additional credit to the next compliance period.

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11. What if I have further questions?

Your specific NLT requirement depends on several factors, including your year of admission, method of admission, last name, and registration status. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to call us if you have any questions regarding your New Lawyers Training requirements. You may reach us by telephone at 614.387.9320, or by e-mail at ccle@sc.ohio.gov.

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