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Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court

Continuing Legal Education

Rule 806
Continuing Legal Education

Credit for Participation

(a) Carryover Credit. Hours that are to be carried forward under Rule 803(b) must be received in the CLE Commission office or postmarked by July 31 and reflect attendance during the compliance period in which they were earned. An application or affidavit received after that date will not qualify as carryover credit.
(b) Credit for Attendance. The number of credit hours assigned to an approved program reflects the maximum that may be earned by attending the entire program. Only actual attendance earns CLE credit. No attorney will receive more than 8 hours of credit in 1 day of CLE attendance.
(c) Course or Program Formats. An approved program may include live and prerecorded programming.
(d) Credit for Teaching. Up to 5 CLE credit hours will be awarded for each 50 minutes spent teaching an approved program. The applicant must file an application for approval of teaching credit that outlines program content, teaching methodology, and time spent in preparation and instruction. In determining the number of credit hours to award, the Commission will calculate time spent in preparation and teaching. For example, an attorney who spends 150 minutes preparing a program and 50 minutes teaching it will be awarded 4 credit hours. One-half credit hour will be awarded for teaching at least 25 but less than 50 minutes. No credit may be claimed for smaller fractional units. A repeat presentation will qualify for additional credits, limited to time actually spent updating the presentation and teaching. Because teaching credit is awarded as an incentive to attorneys to benefit the legal profession, instruction must be directed toward an audience composed primarily of attorneys. Credit will not be awarded for teaching undergraduate, graduate, or law school classes.
(e) Credit for Authorship. Credit may be awarded for authorship of legal publications. The author must complete an application for approval of authorship credit. Credit will be awarded if the applicant’s research (1) has produced a published article, chapter, monograph, or book, personally authored, in whole or part, by the applicant, and (2) contributes substantially to the continuing legal education of the applicant and other attorneys. One credit hour may be awarded for each 50 minutes spent directly in preparing the publication. Publication must occur during the compliance period for which credit is requested. An article, chapter, monograph, or book directed to a nonattorney audience, while resulting in self-improvement as a form of self-study, does not qualify for authorship credit.
(f) Credit for Attendance Prior to Being Admitted to Practice Law in Kansas. Credit will not be given for any CLE program attended before the applicant was admitted to practice law in Kansas.
(g) Credit for Attending Law School Course. Credit may be earned for postgraduate education by enrollment in a course, either for credit or by audit, from a law school approved by
the American Bar Association. The Commission will award 1 credit hour for each 50 minutes of class attendance.
(h) Duplicate Attendance. Attendance at a program that an attorney has attended previously during the compliance period will not be accepted for continuing legal education credit.
(i) In-House Program. To receive approval, an in-house CLE program must meet the following requirements:
(1) The activity must meet the standards for program approval in Rule 804.
(2) The law firm, corporation, or single governmental entity for which the activity is offered must assume responsibility for accreditation.
(3) An application for approval of CLE credit must be received by the Commission not later than 21 days before the in-house CLE program. The activity must be open to in-person monitoring/observation by any Commission member or staff.
(4) The activity must be scheduled at a time and location so that attorneys attending are free of interruptions from telephone calls and other office matters.
(5) No more than 6 CLE credit hours may be earned by an attorney in any compliance period through in-house CLE programs.
(j) Interdisciplinary Programming. 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. An Application for Approval of CLE Activity must be submitted under Rule 804(b) and include a statement describing how the program is beneficial to the attorney’s practice.
(k) Law Practice Management Programming. An attorney may receive CLE credit for participation in an accredited CLE program as defined in the Guidelines for Accreditation of Law Practice Management Programming. Law practice management credit is limited to a maximum of 2 hours of general attendance credit in any compliance period.
(l) Prerecorded Programming Limitation. Credit for prerecorded programming is limited to a maximum of 6 hours of credit per compliance period.
(m) Self-Study Prohibition. An attorney cannot earn credit for a self-study program.

[History: New rule adopted effective July 1, 2011; Am. effective July 1, 2017.]

See also: Rule 1001 - Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Judicial Proceedings