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Hardship Policy

Download a copy of the official WCBA Financial Hardship Policy here.

Financial Hardship Policy: 

WCBA members may apply for a discount or scholarship
to attend a program, based on financial hardship. Under this policy, any WCBA member 
who has a genuine financial hardship may apply in writing for one of three options 
in lieu of full tuition payment. 

For additional information, contact:

Fern Richter
Director of CLE, Membership & Events
(914) 761-3707, ext. 20
 cle@wcbany.org

Information For CLE Organizers, Section & Committee Chairs and Presenters

Q] What is an "experienced attorney"?

A] Attorneys who have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years are considered experienced attorneys.

Q] As an experienced attorney, what is my CLE requirement?

A] Experienced attorneys must complete a total of 24 accredited CLE credit hours during each biennial reporting cycle (the two-year period between your attorney registrations). At least 4 of these 24 credit hours must be in the Ethics and Professionalism category, and at least 1 from the remaining 20 credit hours must be in the Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias category. The remaining 19 credit hours may be in any category of credit.

Experienced Attorney CLE Requirement

Hours

Total Number of CLE credit hours  

24

Minimum Number of Ethics and Professionalism CLE credit hours

4

Minimum Number of Diversity Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credit hours

1

 

Q] What is a "newly admitted attorney"?

A] Attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar two years or less are considered newly admitted attorneys.



Q] What if I was practicing law in another jurisdiction before I was admitted to the New York Bar?

A] If you were practicing law in another state, the District of Columbia, any territory of the United States or any foreign jurisdiction, for at least five of the seven years immediately preceding admission to the New York Bar, you will not be deemed newly admitted for the purposes of CLE, and you must comply with the CLE requirement for experienced attorneys.


Q] As a newly admitted attorney, what is my CLE requirement?

[A] Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar, as follows:

Category of Credit

Before first anniversary of admission

During second year of admission

Ethics and Professionalism

3

3

Skills

6

6

Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice

7

7

TOTAL

16 transitional CLE credit hours

16 transitional CLE credit hours

The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries.

More information on CLE programs in New York State is available from the New York State Unified Court System Website 

The WCBA also provides a set of guidelines and forms to aid
our CLE organizers, section and committee chairs and CLE presenters
to prepare, organize and present at a WCBA CLE. 

For more information please contact:
Fern Richter
Director of CLE, Membership & Events
CLE@wcbany.org
914-761-3707, ext. 20

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