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The South Carolina Supreme Court has notified the Commission and the Bar that Order 2021-03-31-01 dated March 31, 2021 waiving the requirement that SC Bar members must complete at least six of their 14 hours of mandatory continuing legal education in-person has expired. Similarly, Order 2021-05-05-01 waiving the requirement that newly admitted attorneys who must attend one of the Bar’s Essentials Series seminars may fulfill that requirement online has also been allowed to expire. Therefore, for the CLE compliance year 2022-2023 (March 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023), six of the 14 required MCLE hours must be completed in-person, and newly admitted attorneys must attend one of the SC Bar’s Essentials Series seminars in-person. Pursuant to the Commission’s Regulations, six (6) of your annual MCLE credit hours must come from attendance at live, in-person courses. Eight (8) hours can come from courses that are “alternatively delivered,” which are designated by the Commission with an ADO or ADT suffix after the SC CLE course number. Pre-approved “alternatively delivered” courses are designated by the Commission with an ADO or ADT suffix after the course number. A current list of accredited alternatively delivered courses can be found on the Commission’s website Commission on CLE Website,

Alternatively delivered programming includes online and on-demand courses, live webcasts and webinars, which are delivered over the Internet. Online and on-demand courses can be accredited for a maximum of eight (8) hours per course. Telephone courses, including teleseminars and teleconferences, are also defined as alternatively delivered programming, and can be accredited for a maximum of 90 minutes. Video replays of live courses and satellite broadcasts, such as the SC Bar-CLE Division’s broadcasts to remote sites around the state, are considered to be “live” courses. Essentially, the difference between “live” and “alternatively delivered” programming for SC CLE purposes is that live courses are attended in-person, in a group setting, in a location administered by the CLE sponsor. Alternatively delivered programming is delivered via internet or telephone to individuals in a solo setting (e.g., live individual webcasts, individual online and on-demand courses, and individual live and replay teleseminars) and can be attended in your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet or telephone. A current list of accredited live courses can be found on the Commission’s website https://www.commcle.org/avail_course10.asp . Webcasts of live seminars, which are received over the Internet, are considered to be alternatively delivered courses, the same as other online and on-demand courses

Video replays of live courses and satellite broadcasts, such as the SC Bar-CLE Division’s broadcasts to remote sites, are considered to be “live” courses.

An individual ADO (online, on demand) course can be accredited for a maximum of eight (8) hours of MCLE credit. An individual ADT (teleconference) course can be accredited for a maximum of 90 minutes of MCLE credit. A regular (active) attorney, who earns more than 14 hours of credit in the reporting year, may carry forward a maximum of 14 hours to the next reporting year, of which two (2) hours may be LEPR credit. Substance abuse/mental health (SA/MH) credit hours earned during an attorney or judge’s two-year cycle cannot be carried forward to satisfy the requirements of the next two-year cycle of SA/MH reporting years. Credit from “alternatively delivered” courses (designated by the Commission with an ADO or ADT suffix after the SC CLE course number) may not be carried forward.
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