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Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court

Continuing Legal Education

Rule 804
Continuing Legal Education

Accreditation of Programming

(a) Traditional Programming Approval. A provider sponsoring a continuing legal education program by traditional programming or an attorney, before attending a CLE program by traditional programming, may request prior accreditation of the CLE program for CLE credit. The provider or attorney requesting prior accreditation must submit to the Commission, at least 60 days before the program, an application for approval of CLE Activity. An application by a provider must be accompanied by a $25 nonrefundable filing fee. The Commission must notify the applicant of the status of its review of the application not later than 30 days after the Commission receives it. A program is not approved until the applicant is notified of approval. The program must be advertised only as pending approval, as required by Rule 805(a), and may not be advertised as approved until a notice of accreditation/affidavit is received. The time limit in this subsection does not apply to an in-house CLE program, which is governed by Rule 806(i).

(b) Individual Attorney Course Approval. An attorney seeking CLE credit for attendance at a CLE program that was not previously accredited under subsection (a) must submit to the Commission a request for approval of credit, which must include a description of the activity, dates, subjects, instructors and their qualifications, the number of credit hours requested, and any other information required by the Commission. The Commission must notify the applicant of the status of its review of the request not later than 30 days after the Commission receives it. A program is not approved until the applicant is notified of approval.

(c) Interdisciplinary CLE. CLE credit may be earned for a program that crosses academic lines (e.g., accounting-tax) if it is pertinent to an individual attorney’s practice. See Rule 806(j).

(d) Nontraditional Programming Course Approval. An application for approval of CLE credit for nontraditional programming must be submitted to the Commission by the provider in the form prescribed by the Commission, and the program must comply with the Guidelines for Nontraditional Programming. An application for approval of a live nontraditional program must be accompanied by a $25 nonrefundable filing fee. An application for approval of an on-demand nontraditional program must be accompanied by a $100 nonrefundable filing fee and will be valid until the expiration of the compliance period.

(e) Notice of Accreditation/Affidavit. Upon approving a program for CLE credit, the Commission will issue to the applicant a notice of accreditation/affidavit. A provider must distribute the appropriate Kansas affidavit to all attorneys seeking Kansas CLE credit. A provider holding an in-state program is responsible for distributing the appropriate Kansas affidavit for signature and for returning the executed affidavit to the CLE Commission within 30 days after the program. For an out-of-state program, the attorney is responsible for submitting the executed affidavit to the Commission within 30 days after the program.

(f) Appeal of Determination. If an application for approval of CLE credit for a CLE program is denied, the applicant may appeal the decision to the Commission by submitting a letter of appeal within 30 days after notice of the denial was mailed. No other appeal may be taken.

(g) Standards. To be accredited, a CLE program must comply with the following requirements:

(1) CLE credit must be awarded on the basis of 1 credit hour for each 50 minutes actually spent in attendance at instructional activities, exclusive of introductory remarks, meals, breaks, or other noneducational activities. One-half credit hour must be awarded for attendance of at least 25 but less than 50 minutes. No credit may be claimed for smaller fractional units.

(2) The program must have significant intellectual or practical content designed to promote lawyer competence and deal primarily with matters related to the practice of law, ethics and professionalism, or law practice management.

(3) The program must be presented by a person or persons qualified by practical or academic experience to present the subject. In most instances, legal subjects should be presented by lawyers.

(4) Thorough, high quality, readable, useful, and carefully prepared instructional materials must be made available to all participants at or before the time the program is presented, unless the Commission approves the absence of instructional materials as reasonable. A brief outline without citations or explanatory notations is not sufficient. Instructional materials must satisfy the criteria set forth in the Guidelines for Instructional Materials.

(5) For traditional programming, the program must be presented in or broadcast to a suitable classroom setting or central viewing or listening location devoted to the program. Generally, credit will not be approved for after-dinner type speeches.

(6) Integration of ethics or professionalism instruction into substantive law topics is encouraged, but integrated material does not count toward the 2-hour minimum annual ethics and professionalism requirement.




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