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 NC Bar Association (NCBA) vs. NC State Bar (NCSB)
Q | What is the difference between the NC Bar Association (NCBA) and the NC State Bar (NCSB) especially in regards to Continuing Legal Education (CLE)?

A | The NCSB is the government agency responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina. All licensed North Carolina lawyers must be members of the State Bar, pay their annual dues and complete CLE annually. The NCSB does not offer CLE but is the organization that requires lawyers to take CLE. 

Click here for more information on CLE requirements in North Carolina from the NCSB's CLE website.

The NCBA is a voluntary statewide organization serving the diverse needs of the legal profession with member services such as CLE, legislative lobbying, specialty sections, public service activities and much more. The NCBA offers CLE programs to the legal community for both attorneys and paralegals. The NCBA reports credit hours earned directly to the NCSB for attorneys. Only NC licensed attorneys with NCSB numbers on file will have their hours reported. Tuition for a CLE program covers any CLE fees required from the NCSB.

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NC State Bar CLE Requirements and Online Limitations
Q | How many CLE hours do I need to take each calendar year if I'm an attorney? 

A | The NCSB requires attorneys to complete 12 hours of approved CLE annually. Two of the 12 hours must be in the area of professional responsibility (ethics) or professionalism. Effective January 1, 2002, at least once every three calendar years, you must complete one hour on substance abuse and debilitating mental conditions. This hour is credited to the 12-hour requirement for the year but not to the two-hour professional responsibility requirement. 

Click Here for more information on CLE Requirements in North Carolina from the NCSB's CLE website.

Q | How many online CLE hours may I take?

A | Attorneys may take up to six hours of online credit each year towards their CLE requirements. You may also take an additional six hours of online credit which will be banked and applied to the following calendar year.

Click here for the NCBA CLE On Demand course catalog.

Q | Is there a limit to how many Video Replay, Webcast, Webinar, or Phone/Audio Streaming hours I may take?

A | There is no limit to the number of CLE hours acquired by participating in a Video Replay, Webcast, Webinar or Phone/Audio Streaming program as those types of programs are treated as live programs and not limited to the six-hour limit.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming Video Replays, Webcasts, Webinars and Phone/Audio Streaming programs. 

Q | How many ethics/professional responsibility credit hours do I need?

A | Two of the 12 hours must be in the area of professional responsibility (ethics) or professionalism. Effective January 1, 2002, at least once every three calendar years, you must complete one hour on substance abuse and debilitating mental conditions. This hour is credited to the twelve hour requirement for the year but not to the two hour professional responsibility requirement.  

Click Here for more information on CLE Requirements in North Carolina from the NCSB's CLE website. 

Q | How many substance abuse/mental health credit hours do I need?

A | Effective January 1, 2002, at least once every three calendar years, you must complete one hour on substance abuse and debilitating mental conditions. This hour is credited to the twelve-hour requirement for the year but not to the two-hour professional responsibility requirement.  

Click Here for more information on CLE Requirements in North Carolina from the NCSB's CLE website.

Q | How do I access my CLE record and CLE Annual Report?

A | You can access a record of all of the programs you have registered for and/or attended with the NCBA through your NCBA CLE Learning Portal. You may also access certificates of attendance for any completed NCBA CLE programs directly from the portal. 

Click here to access your NCBA CLE Learning Portal. 

The NCSB CLE rules also require every active lawyer, regardless of exempt status, to file an annual written report of his/her CLE activity for the preceding year. To facilitate that filing, the NCSB CLE office mails each lawyer an Annual Report Form in January. The report includes a transcript of all the CLE activity for the previous calendar year reported to our office by CLE sponsors. It is the lawyer’s responsibility to review that transcript, to make any necessary changes, to verify the CLE activity, to pay any outstanding attendee fees ($3.50 per credit hour), and to return the form to us by the last day of February.

Click here to login to the NCSB's website and access a real-time copy of your Annual Report. 

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NCBA CLE Changes to Existing Registrations: Transfers, Cancellations, Substitutions and Tuition
Q | Can I transfer my registration?

A | An attendee may choose to transfer his or her registration at a program to the Live, Webcast or Video Replay format of the same program only. Transfer requests must be received by 9:00am ET one (1) business day prior to the program start date. Transfer requests must be provided in writing by email to askcle@ncbar.org or by calling 800.228.3402.

Q | Can I cancel my registration?

A | Should an attendee need to cancel his or her registration to a Live, Webcast or Video Replay program, the cancellation request must be received by 9:00am ET one (1) week prior to the start of the program to receive a full refund. Any attendee requesting cancellation less than one week prior to the program will receive a refund, less a $75 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be provided in writing by email to askcle@ncbar.org or by calling 800.228.3402.

Q | Can someone attend a NCBA CLE program in my place?

A | An attendee may further choose to substitute his or her registration to a Live or Video Replay program only. Substitution means sending another person to attend the Live or Video Replay program when the original registrant is unable to attend. Substitution requests must be received by 9:00am ET one (1) week prior to the program start date. The substituted person may be assessed a different fee based on their NCBA membership classification. Substitution requests must be provided in writing by email to askcle@ncbar.org or by calling 800.228.3402.

Q | What if I miss a CLE program and did not cancel or transfer?

A | Anyone who is registered for a program, including CLE Premier Pass holders, but does not check in, is considered a no-show. No-shows are not issued a refund, and CLE Premier Pass holders will be assessed a $75 administrative fee. These registrants will receive the digital materials, available in their online accounts, in full consideration of tuition paid.

Q | If I can only attend a portion of a CLE program, do I have to pay full price? Is CLE pro-rated?

A | If you can only attend a portion of a CLE, you will still be required to pay full tuition. CLE tuition is not pro-rated.

Q | What if I end up missing part of a CLE program by arriving late or leaving early?

A | If an attendee misses any portion of a program, that portion is not subject to substitution, refund or transfer. Except as provided herein, registrations, including On Demand registrations, cannot be cancelled, substituted or transferred once purchased. A partial credit form will need to be submitted. 

Click here for the complete NCBA CLE Policies. 

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CLE Reporting
Q | I completed a NCBA CLE program a couple of weeks ago, why is it not showing up through the State Bar?

A | The NCSB provides sponsors, such as the NCBA, with 30-day deadline from the date of the program to report attendance. 

There are varying circumstances that may delay this process such as late registration payments or a delay in receiving the paperwork back from the location. If such delays occur, the NCBA will work diligently to process the attendance as soon as possible.

Q | I am licensed in another state as well as North Carolina. What should I do to seek credit in that state for a CLE I take in North Carolina?

A | You must self-report your own credit to the other state. A generic certificate of attendance is always available via self-service in your NCBA CLE Online Learning Portal.  Click here to log in and access your online account. 

Click here to access your NCBA CLE Learning Portal. 

Q | What if I arrive late to a CLE or need to leave early?

A | If you miss a portion of a CLE program, you must complete and submit a partial credit form so that the NCBA reports accurate attendance to the NCSB. Completed Partial Credit Forms can be returned at the CLE registration table or mailed/emailed/faxed in following the program.

Click here to access a partial credit form.

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NCBA CLE Methods of Delivery: Webcast, Video Replay, Webinar, Phone/Audio Streaming and On Demand Programs
Q | What is a Webcast?

A | A Webcast is a live presentation that is simultaneously broadcast by telephone, satellite, live web streaming (webcasting), or video conferencing equipment. Webcasts are accessible only on the day of the live program. Attendees are able to remotely ask questions of the speakers during the presentation. Course materials are typically made available within a week of the program, and you will receive an email when those materials are posted. 

Q | What is a Webinar?

A | Webinars are live, interactive CLE programs of timely subjects and can be only audio or audio/video. Webinars may also include a screen sharing type of visual to demonstrate a topic or process.  Webcasts are accessible only on the day of the Live program. Attendees are able to remotely ask questions of the speakers during the presentation. 

Q | What is a Video Replay?

A | Video replays are showings of pre-recorded live programs by the NCBA at a specific location at a specific time. Attendees are required to attend a Video Replay in person at the location it is being shown. Attendees are provided contact information for the speakers from the Live program if they have any questions or comments after the program has concluded.

Q | What is a Phone/Audio Streaming program?

A | Phone/Audio Streaming programs are live, interactive phone or webcast discussions of timely subject matter that you attend on your landline or mobile phone, or your mobile device or desktop, from your home or office. 

Attendees are able to ask questions of the speakers following the program, which are typically 60 minutes in length. Call-in instructions and course materials are typically made available in your account the day before the program. 

  • Phone/Audio Streaming seminars do not count against the State Bar's six-hour credit limit (per credit year) for online CLE. 
  • CLE Premier Pass is not accepted for Phone/Audio Streaming program.
  • Phone/Audio Streaming programs are produced by Webcredenza in sponsorship with the NCBA.
Q | Are Webcasts, Video Replays, Webinars, or Phone/Audio Streaming programs part of the six-hour per year credit limit for online/computer-based CLE?

A | Participation in a Webcast, Video Replay, Webinar, or Phone/Audio Streaming program does not count against the six-hour per year credit limit for online/computer-based CLE. The NCBA will report credit to the NCSB and pay the requisite fees on your behalf (only applicable for attorneys).

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On Demand CLE
Q | What is an On Demand CLE program?

A | On Demand CLE programs are previously recorded programs or sessions that are streamed online. 

Q | Wow long do I have to have access to an On Demand program after I've purchased it?

A | On Demand CLE programs are accessible for 90 days after purchase. Once the 90 days has expired, credit can no longer be submitted for this course.

Q | Do I need to do anything after I've completed an On Demand program?

A | No, once you have accessed the certificate of completion after completing an On Demand program, the NCBA reports your credit to the NCSB and pays the requisite fees on your behalf.

Q | Is there a limit to the number of On Demand programs I can take in a year? If so, what is that limit?

A | As mandated by the NC State Bar, attorneys can take up to six hours of online CLE annually for credit.

Click here for more information about the NCSB's rules on computer-based CLE.

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Digital Materials
Q | How do I download my digital manuscript/materials?

A |  Digital materials, or manuscript, for a program can be accessed in four easy steps: 

  1. Go to www.ncbar.org/cle
  2. Click on "My Courses & Materials"
  3. Login. Don’t know your member # and password? Click Retrieve and an email will be sent to you.
  4. Click the CLE program title and access the pdf file under "Resources"

Each chapter is listed separately for convenience, or select the “Compilation of Materials” for the complete manuscript. You can download the digital materials to your device (laptop, tablet, mobile phone) to bring to the CLE program or reference in your practice. If you prefer, with a pdf, you always have the option to print out the materials.

Q | I am attending a program and wish to access my digital materials before the program.

A | Once registered, your program will appear in your NCBA CLE Online Learning Portal under the "My Courses" tab.  3-5 business days prior to your program, the NCBA will send you notification that the digital materials are now available. Simply log back into the learning portal to access them. 

If you experience any problems, please contact the CLE Department at askcle@ncbar.org or 800.228.3402.

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Bookstore and Shipping
Q | I could not attend a program and purchased the materials through the bookstore; when and how will I receive them?

A | Once purchased, digital materials will be immediately available for download. To access your materials, login to our website using your NCBA member # and password. Click on the “My Publications” tab; locate the title of your most recent purchase and click "download."

If you purchased a print book, please allow 5-7 business days for shipping from date of purchase.

If you experience any problems, please contact the CLE Bookstore Customer Service at askcle@ncbar.org or 800.228.3402.

Q | How do I access my electronic book order (i.e. e-PDF, e-version or download)?

A | Once you have completed your bookstore purchase via the shopping cart online or via phone, click on the “My Publications” tab. If you sent in a check via mail, please allow 5-7 business days for processing before attempting to access your electronic book online. Locate the title of your most recent purchase and click "download."

If you experience any problems, please contact the CLE Bookstore Customer Service at askcle@ncbar.org or 919.677.8745.

Q | What is the bookstore return policy?

A | All sales are final. Please note we are unable to exchange items. However, if you receive a damaged, defective or incorrect item, please immediately contact the CLE Bookstore Customer Service at askcle@ncbar.org or 800.228.3402.

Q | I ordered a print book to be shipped; where is it?

A | For shipping to a destination within North Carolina, please allow 5-7 business days from the date you place an order to the time of delivery. Items are shipped as soon as they become available. 

Q | Can I rush my bookstore order?

A | For rush delivery or special shipping arrangements, please contact the CLE Bookstore Customer Service at askcle@ncbar.org or 800.228.3402. Depends on availability. 

Q | Can I pick up my bookstore order instead of having it shipped?

A | Although print books ship free, orders may be picked up at the NC Bar Center at 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC, Monday through Friday between 9:00a and 5:00p. Please call 800.228.3402 in advance to ensure availability. 

Q | What shipping and handling information do I need to provide for my bookstore orders?

A | Please provide a physical address when placing your order. Standard orders are shipped via UPS, which requires a valid street address, not a PO Box, for delivery. 

Complimentary UPS ground shipping is provided for all print book orders. * No minimum purchase required.

*Excludes CLE program manuscripts purchased at the program attendee rate, which is deeply discounted. Additional shipping charge of either $5.99 or $9.99 (plus tax) will be added to each order, depending on the weight of the item purchased.

Q | I can’t attend a program and want to purchase the materials through the bookstore, but I don’t see them listed...Why?

A | Program manuscripts will be made available through the bookstore 4-6 weeks after the date of the live program, which allows us to make any necessary updates and changes that occurred the day of the program. If the program occurred more than 6 weeks prior to your search and you still cannot locate the materials in the bookstore, please contact the CLE Bookstore Customer Service at askcle@ncbar.org or 800.228.3402.

Q | I want to write for the NCBA bookstore. Where do I start?

A | New book proposal submissions should include a 2-3 paragraph summary, a detailed outline or table of contents, a completed sample chapter, the intended audience/target market, estimated completion date, your curriculum vitae or resume, and current contact information.

Click here for more information on becoming an NCBA author.

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Made-to-Order (MTO)
Q | What is a MTO?

A | A MTO is a video replay of a program of your choice shown in the convenience of your own law firm, favorite restaurant or any other place where your fellow legal professionals can gather and at the time that fits your schedule. MTOs are subject to the same NCSB rules and guidelines as video replays. 

Q | I am interested in setting up my own Made-to-Order CLE...what is required?

A | You will need to provide the date, location and program/topic of choice at least 45 days in advance, and coordinate no less than three registrants to attend the program. We will send you the materials and DVDs/video files in advance to be shown on the scheduled day. We will take care of the NCSB reporting and advertising requirements.

Click here or contact the CLE Department at askcle@ncbar.org or 800.228.3402.

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