Free Online CLE FAQs
Is it really free? Yes! These hours will be covered by your annual dues and there are no hidden fees.
How many hours of MCLE/PMCLE am I able to take through the Online CLE Store? Eligible members can take up to 15 hours 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 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.) Keep in mind that it may take up to 3 business days to process your membership application upon joining the ISBA and access to your Free CLE Subscription will begin after your application has been processed. If your MCLE deadline is approaching and you need access to our Free Online CLE member benefit sooner than this, please contact Ann Boucher, ISBA Membership Coordinator, between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at 800-252-8908.
In what format are the Free CLE programs available? Free CLE programs are online only and available 24/7 in online streaming (audio and video) or podcast 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 CLE Subscription 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 by program title or subject area.
Which programs aren't available on the "Free CLE Channel"? Live on-site programs, live webcasts, and live webinars are not included in Free CLE at this time. Free Online CLE also excludes DVDs, CD-ROMS, and audio CD formats.
I've never taken an online streaming program. How does it work? ISBA's online CLE is easy to use. Once you've started a program, video and course materials will be displayed on your computer screen. Questions about the content may be submitted under the Q&A tab; 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 also be downloaded and/or printed. Click to view a free demo.
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 visit our Online CLE technical support webpage and click on the "System Check" link found in the "Technical Requirements" box on the right-hand side of your screen.
- Accessing ISBA's Free CLE and Choosing Programs
Visit the ISBA's Online CLE Store to access a complete list of our On-Demand Seminars. You may browse programs by subject area or by seminar title. Click on the program title or the "More Info" link next to each program for full program details.
Once you have decided upon a program, you will need to log in to proceed. Click on the "Login Now" button located on the right-hand side of your screen under the box titled "Subscriptions". (If you are already logged into the system, this will say "Register" instead of "Login Now.") Please use your ISBA login information to access Online CLE. You will now be logged into your ISBA Free CLE subscription page. Select "Register" and either choose the streaming or podcast product. To finalize your selection, click "Continue". This will place the program in the "My Classroom" area of your account. You will then be able to access the streaming video and course materials for that program
Programming will remain in your "My Classroom" page for 30 days. If you fail to view the program within that timeframe and you need to extend access to the program, please contact Customer Support at 866-702-3278.
Please note: If you reorder a previously ordered program it will subtract the appropriate number of credit hours again from your remaining complimentary 15 credit hours. Since attorneys can not receive credit for viewing the same program more than once within a 12 month period, be careful not to select a program more than once. If you mistakenly order duplicates of the same program and wish to correct your subscription balance, please contact Peach technical support at 1-866-702-3278.
- Viewing Your Free CLE Subscription Programming
Once a program has been placed into your "My Classroom" area, it is ready for viewing. Simply click on the "Launch Viewer to Begin" button at the top of the webpage. Once the program begins, you may access the program materials, send a question to the speakers, and access the speakers' PowerPoint slides via the tabs along the top of the webpage.
- Certifying Credit
After viewing a program, please complete the following steps to obtain a Certificate of Completion:
- Click on the "Credit" tab at the top of the streaming video page and select the link in the instructions, which will take you to a comprehensive list of all the ISBA Online CLE programs you have ordered.
- Find the title of the program you have completed and for which you need to print a Certificate of Completion and click "Certify Completion."
- Follow the remaining prompts on the screen to complete the program evaluation and certification - and then print the Certificate for your files.
You must certify completion and print the Certificate of Completion for each program that you view. Please note: Under MCLE Rules, you must keep this Certificate of Completion for three years after the end of the relevant two-year reporting period.
If you have questions or technical difficulties accessing your Free CLE online (including any technical difficulties throughout the certification process), please contact Customer Support at 866-702-3278. 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