Is it really free? Yes! These hours will be covered by your annual dues and there are no hidden fees.
How many hours of On-Demand MCLE/PMCLE am I able to take through the Online CLE Store? Eligible members can take up to 15 hours of On-Demand MCLE, including 6 hours PMCLE, each bar year. The ISBA bar year runs from July 1 to June 30.
Where can I learn more about the MCLE requirement for attorneys?
The Supreme Court of Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board website provides detailed MCLE information for attorneys licensed in Illinois.
Who is eligible to receive the Free CLE benefit? ISBA members eligible to receive this benefit include dues levels 2-20 (regular dues-paying members), new admittees, law students, lifetime, privileged, honorary, military, dues-waived, and dues-reduction categories. This benefit will not be available to retired or inactive member categories, as well as those holding a "Non-Illinois Resident" ISBA membership (which correlates with membership type, rather than physical location). Non-Illinois residents may join ISBA with a regular dues level membership to participate in the Free Online CLE program.
I'm a newly admitted attorney. Am I included? Yes, newly admitted attorneys can complete their Supreme Court mandated (S. Ct. Rule 793) 15-hour accredited MCLE requirement for newly admitted attorneys via ISBA's Online CLE Store. Simply complete the 6-hour accredited Basic Skills online program in addition to 9 hours of other programs of your choosing. Learn more about ISBA's complimentary new admittee membership and ISBA's newly admitted attorney MCLE options.
I'm not an ISBA member. How can I participate? Free CLE is a member benefit available to ISBA members only. If you are interested in becoming an ISBA member, complete the application* found on our "Join the ISBA" page. Membership costs between $75-$360 (depending on how many years you've been in practice) and includes the 15 hours of Free On-Demand CLE per bar year, free online legal research (Fastcase), daily case digests, and many other benefits. To see a complete list of benefits, visit our "Member Benefits" page.
Why should I join now if I'm not currently an ISBA Member? The sooner you join, the sooner you can take advantage of your ISBA benefits, including Free CLE. The bar membership year runs July 1 through June 30. Qualifying attorneys joining after January 1 will be prorated at half the dues rate and will receive 7.5 hours of Free CLE, unless a request to pay the full dues rate to access the full 15 hours of Free CLE is received by ISBA. [Please Note: Prorated dues are only available to attorneys new to join ISBA and will not apply to late renewals.)
In what format are the Free On-Demand CLE programs available? Free CLE programs are online only and available 24/7 in online streaming (audio and video) or audio only formats. This allows you the flexibility of taking them when and where it works best for you. Live on-site programs, live webcasts, and live webinars are not included in Free CLE at this time.
Which programs are available through ISBA's Free CLE Member Benefit? All of our archived CLE programming is available online with your Free On-Demand CLE at the high-quality you've come to expect from ISBA. The previously recorded programs include a wide range of topics, including substantive law, ethics, law practice management and technology. Our 6-hour accredited Basic Skills program is also available online at no cost to help our new attorney members meet their newly admitted attorney MCLE requirements. You may access the complete Free CLE catalog via the side navigation menu.
Which programs aren't available as "Free CLE"? Live on-site programs, live webcasts, and live webinars are not included in Free CLE at this time.
I've never taken an online streaming program. How does it work? ISBA's online CLE is easy to use. After you've ordered a program, video will be available. As you access the video, course materials will be accessible under the resources tab below the video. Questions about the content may be emailed via the "Submit a Question" button; ISBA will forward your questions to the speakers or other qualified members and you can expect a response within two business days. Video may be paused and viewed at your own pace. Materials may be downloaded and/or printed.
What are the system requirements for my computer? For the best viewing experience, we recommend testing your system prior to starting a program. To test your system, please follow the instructions listed on the CLE support page, accessible through the menu item on the left.
How to Access Course Materials for On-Demand CLE Programs
If you have questions or technical difficulties accessing your Free CLE online (including any technical difficulties throughout the certification process), please contact Customer Support via the CLE Support menu item on the left or call (888)705-6002 from 7 am - 7 pm central time or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding your ISBA login information or about ISBA membership, please email Ann Boucher, ISBA Membership Coordinator, or call 800-252-8908.
Love something? Let us Know! Something didn't turn out quite as you expected? Let us know that, too! After all, we'll never perfect our programming without your opinion, so be sure to provide us with your feedback during the credit certification process for each program via the electronic evaluation form. Additional comments and suggestions can also be sent to us at FreeCLE@isba.org