New York's Approved Jurisdiction Policy

  1. Rule – A New York attorney who completes an eligible Approved Jurisdiction course or program may claim New York CLE credit for the course or program in accordance with the requirements of the Program Rules and these Regulations and Guidelines.
  2. Definitions
    1. An eligible Approved Jurisdiction course or program is an out-of-state course or program that is accredited by a New York Approved Jurisdiction and that is (a) presented in the live classroom format or (b) if the course or program is presented in a nontraditional format (i.e., a format other than the traditional live classroom format), the provider of the program has independently verified the attorney’s participation in accordance with New York’s standards.
    2. Out-of-state course or program. A live classroom-format program is an “out-of-state” course or program if it takes place outside of New York State. A nontraditional format program is an “out-of-state” course or program if the headquarters of the provider organization is located outside of New York State.
    3. A New York Approved Jurisdiction is any state, the District of Columbia, territory of the United States or foreign jurisdiction whose CLE accreditation standards for live classroom-format courses or programs have been approved by the CLE Board as meeting New York’s CLE accreditation standards for live classroom-format courses or programs. A list of New York Approved Jurisdictions is available on the CLE website, www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle, or may be obtained by contacting the CLE Board.
  3. Procedures for Claiming Credit and Attorney Obligations–An attorney completing an eligible Approved Jurisdiction course or program may claim New York CLE credit in accordance with the requirements of the Program rules and these Regulations and Guidelines. The attorney must obtain from the provider, and retain for a period of four (4) years, the following:
    1. documentation that the course or program was approved by the CLE agency of a New York Approved Jurisdiction;
    2. a certificate of attendance indicating (a) the attorney’s name, (b) the name, date and location of the course or program, (c) whether the course is (i) transitional and appropriate for newly admitted attorneys; (ii) nontransitional and not acceptable for newly admitted attorneys or (iii) appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys, (d) a breakdown of categories of credit as defined in §1500.2(c)-(f) of the Program Rules, and (3) the number of CLE credit hours earned based on a 50-minute hour; and
    3. for nontraditional format courses, proof that the provider of the course independently verified the attorney’s participation in accordance with New York’s standards (e.g., a copy of the attorney affirmation used to report an embedded alphanumeric code to the provider, or a copy and results of a test used by the provider to verify participation, or a written statement from the provider describing the verification method used by the provider).

Source: New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Program for Attorneys in the State of New York
URL: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/attorneys/cle/regulationsandguidelines.pdf