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

A | The North Carolina State Bar (NCSB) is the regulatory body for the legal profession in the state. It is mandatory that all lawyers pay their annual dues and MCLE fees to the NCSB. The NCSB does not offer CLE but is the organization that requires lawyers to take mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) every calendar year.   

The North Carolina Bar Association/Foundation (NCBA/F) is a voluntary association serving the diverse needs of the legal profession with member services such as continuing legal education, legislative lobbying, specialty sections, public service activities and much more.  The NCBAF offers CLE programs to the legal community for both attorneys and paralegals.  The NCBA will report credit hours received directly to the NCSB Only NC licensed attorneys with NCSB numbers on file will be included. Tuition for a CLE program covers any MCLE fees required from the NCSB.

Click here for more information on CLE Requirements in North Carolina from the NC State Bar's CLE website. 

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Q | What are my required hours during the MCLE reporting period? 

A | The North Carolina State Bar (the accreditation, licensing and disciplinary entity that is separate and different from the North Carolina Bar Association) requires attorneys complete 12 hours of mandatory continuing legal education, or MCLE, during the reporting period.  Two of the 12 hours must be in the area of professional responsibility or professionalism (ethics). At least once every three calendar years, an additonal hour of professional responsiblity devoted exclusively to substance abuse and/or mental health is required.  

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

Q | How many Online CLE hours may I take?
A | Attorneys may take up to six hours of computer-based CLE (per the NC State Bar MCLE Requirements).

Check out the NCBA CLE On Demand course catalog to select from over 600 Online CLE programs. 

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

A | There is no limit to the number of CLE hours acquired by participating in a Live Webcast, Webinar, Video Replay, or Phone/Audio Streaming program.

For a complete list of upcoming Live Webcasts, Webinars, and Phone/Audio Streaming seminars, visit our Live From Your Device website.

Q | How Many Ethics Credit Hours Do I Need?

A | Two of the 12 hours must be in the area of professional responsibility or professionalism (ethics). At least once every three calendar years, an additonal hour of professional responsiblity devoted exclusively to substance abuse and/or mental health is required.  

Click here for more information on CLE Requirements in North Carolina from the NC State Bar's CLE website. 

Q | How many Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit hours do I need?

A | At least once every three calendar years, an additonal hour of professional responsiblity devoted exclusively to substance abuse and/or mental health is required.  

Click here for more information on CLE Requirements in North Carolina from the NC State Bar's CLE website.

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Q | What is your transfer policy?

A | Registrants wishing to transfer their registrations from a Live program, a Video Replay, or a Phone Seminar may do so without penalty within three (3) working days after the program concludes. A registration may only be transferred once.

Q | What is your cancellation policy?

A | Cancellations must be received by 9:00a three (3) working days prior to the program begin date to qualify for a refund (less a $75 administrative processing fee).

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

A | Those who are registered for a CLE program and do not attend will receive all digital materials in consideration of the tuition paid. For phone/audio streaming programs, registrants who do not attend will also receive a digital audio file via email, but will not receive CLE credit.

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

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

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

A | The NC State Bar gives the NCBA a 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 | Please contact us at askcle@ncbar.org or 800.228.3402 (ask for CLE) and request an Out-of-State Certificate of Attendance. 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 account.  Click here to log in and access your online account. 

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 Certification Form, which is located in the front of your program materials, within the week after the program has concluded.

Completed Partial Credit Certification Forms can be returned at the CLE registration table or mailed/emailed/faxed in following the program.

Click here for a partial credit form. 

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Q | What is a Live Webcast?

A | Live Webcasts are online video streams of live CLE programming occurring at the NC Bar Center in Cary, NC. Webcasts are accessible only on the day of the program. Log-in instructions and course materials are typically made within a week of the program, and you will receive an email when those materials are posted. Participants are able to email questions that are relayed to the speakers.

Q | What is a Webinar?

A | Webinars are live, interactive CLE programs of timely subjects. Video and audio stream live through your computer via the Internet. Participants are able to email questions to the speakers during the program. Log-in instructions and course materials are typically made available in your account the day before the program, and you will receive an email when those materials are posted. 

Q | What is a Video Replay?

A | Video Replays are screenings of pre-recorded live programs by the NCBA. Participants will be required to attend a Video Replay in person at the location it is being shown. Participants 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 Seminar?

A | Phone/Audio Streaming Seminars are live, interactive phone discussions of timely subjects that you receive on your landline or mobile phone, from your home or office. They can also be accessed as audio streams from your home or office through your computer or mobile device. Participants are able to ask questions of the speakers following the program (typically 60 minutes in length). Call-in instructions and course materials are typically made available in your account the day before the program.

Q | Are Live Webcasts, Video Replays, Webinars, or Phone/Audio Streaming seminars part of the six hour credit per year limit for online/computer-based CLE?

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

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Q | How do I download my digital materials?

A |  

  1. Go to www.ncbar.org/cle
  2. Click CLE Courses button 
  3. Login at top right corner. Don’t know your member # and password? Click Retrieve and an email will be sent to you.
  4. Click My Courses Tab at top
  5. Click the CLE program title

PDFs are listed under Resources. Each chapter is listed separately, or select “Compilation” for complete the manuscript.

Download to your device (laptop, tablet) what you wish to bring to the CLE program and reference in your practice.

Or, if you prefer, print out the materials. We hope you will consider saving a tree. It's SO much lighter not to carry a binder!

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

A | Once registered, your program should appear in your “My Courses” tab.

3-5 business days prior to your program, log back into our website and click on the “My Courses” tab.  Underneath the program, you should now see a link where you can download the materials.

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

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Q | I could not attend a program and purchased digital materials through the bookstore.

A | Once purchased, digital materials will be immediately available for download. To access your digital download, 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 2-4 weeks for shipping from date of purchase.

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

Q | How do I access my electronic book order (i.e. e-book, 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 contact the CLE Bookstore Customer Service at askcle@ncbar.org or 919.677.8745.

Q | I ordered a print book or CD to be shipped, where is it?

A | Please allow 2-4 weeks 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 919.677.8745. Depends on availability. 

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

A | To save on shipping charges, 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 919.677.8745 in advance to ensure availability. 

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

A | Please include a street address when placing an order. Orders are typically shipped via UPS, which requires a valid street address, not a PO Box, for delivery. 

Shipping & handling charges for orders depend on the number of items ordered and the total shipping weight of an order. Charges are calculated automatically when items are placed in the shopping cart. 

Code A = $5.99 
Code B = $9.99  
2 Code A Items = $5.99  
2 Code B Items = $9.99  
Code A Item + Code B Item = $9.99  
3 or more Items = $13.99 

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

A | Program materials will be made available through the bookstore 2-3 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 3 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 919.677.8745.

Q | I want to write for the NCBAF 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 NCBAF Author.

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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, program/topic choice 45 days in advance, and coordinate no less than 3 registrants to attend the program. We will send you the materials and DVDs, and take care of the State Bar reporting and advertising requirements.

Please click here or contact the CLE Department directly by email or call 800.228.3402 / 919.677.8745.

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