New Fees are effective September 1, 2009.
Additional $25/program if not submitted online
$50/program application (online)
$75/program application (paper)
(additional to accredited sponsor annual fee)
(additional to program fee if offered live & e-CLE)
Fee for Attendance Reporting
$0 (submitted online)
$25/attendance report (paper)
$0/application after program date
$25/attendance reporting after 45 day deadline
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All questions can best be answered by reading the CLE
Rules. Answers to commonly asked questions are found on the Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Most application forms have also been
revised and are available for download on the Forms
page. A page of Commission policies
is also available for further assistance and is recommended reading
especially for providers of courses dealing with instruction in topics
other than substantive law.
To apply for a program, please login and submit application online.
Delaware accredits both individual programs and Accredited Sponsors*.
To submit a program for Commission review, complete and submit the Uniform
Application for Accreditation of a CLE Activity available online (preferred) or on the Forms
page. This form is also called Form 1 and is available on the ORACLE
website at http://www.cleusa.com.
Payment in the amount of
$50.00 made payable to "Commission on Continuing Legal Education"
and a detailed program agenda must be included. No other attachments are necessary
and, if sent, will not be retained. The Commission has determined
that all information should be clearly presented in the detailed program
agenda and will not review written materials for program content which
is not fully documented on the agenda. One application will cover
all presentations within one year's time. We cannot review courses
with no specific presentation dates and locations and approve neither
presenters nor courses in theory. Individually approved courses are
listed chronologically on the Commission's website (in the program catalog) but the Commission
provides no advertising, including links, for these courses.
Providers of all approved courses are bound by the attendance maintenance
and reporting requirements of CLE Rule 5(B). Before submitting a program
for approval, please be certain that the requirements of this Rule
are met. If submitting an application after the end of the program,
the attendance list should be included with the submission, omitting
the course approval code assigned by the Commission and including
actual credit hours earned by each Delaware attorney based upon the
amount requested in the application and actual times of attendance
by each attorney. Requests for alternate forms of attendance maintenance
pursuant to CLE Rule 5(B)(2) should be submitted to the Commission
in writing, and approval obtained before being used. Contact
the Commission with questions or to obtain sample sign-in sheets,
attendance certificates, or dual tracking forms.
*Accredited Sponsor status is granted to organizations which exist
to present continuing legal education programs. Applicants must complete
the Form 3 application and submit a $250.00 application fee. Certain
groups are excluded from Accredited Sponsor Status (see CLE Rule 7(A)(3)
for details). Accredited Sponsors must still apply for approval of
each program at least 30 days in advance, but the Commission instructs
attorneys that all live in-person courses offered by Accredited Sponsors
are submitted to the Commission for approval and will be accredited
as long as they meet the requirements of the Rules. There are no individual
$25.00 application fees for Accredited Sponsors.
The Commission does require that Accredited Sponsor applicants have
a history of program approval with the Commission. Accredited Sponsors
must have demonstrated that their courses are consistently worthy
of credit and that they are familiar with the attendance reporting
requirements of CLE Rule 5(B). Exceptions may be made for organizations
holding Accredited Sponsor Status in other CLE jurisdictions if the
organization demonstrates an ability and willingness to meet the requirements
of Delaware Accredited Sponsors. Accredited Sponsor Status is good
for one year from the date of approval and must be renewed annually.
The application form for Accredited Sponsor
Status is not available online because it will not be approved for
providers with no positive approval history with the Commission.
If an organization provides eCLE activities (defined as any
activity where the provider is not physically present with the attorney
as the educational activity is underway), the organization must apply
for approval in advance using the Form 11 Application.
See the eCLE page for additional information
and accreditation guidelines.
Program providers must advertise their own courses; the Commission
does not publish any paper or electronic bulletins and does not advertise
providers' courses on their behalf. Providers of in-house programs
must actively advertise their programs to all interested members of
the Bar in order to receive an unrestricted category of approval (attorneys
may only earn up to half of their minimum requirement through in-house
courses). We do not consider mention of a program on a website to
be active advertising such as direct mailings (postal or electronic),
or advertising in legal publications. We have no restrictions with
regard to the wording providers may use to advertise their courses
to Delaware attorneys, as long as it is not inaccurate.
Finally, please remember that any fee is an
application fee and not an approval fee. CLE Rules are available
on our website at http://courts.delaware.gov/cle/rules.stm;
applicants are expected to thoroughly review these Rules prior to
applying for approval. If you are uncertain about a certain topic,
such as stress management, marketing, or non-legal instruction, please
refer to our policies page or contact
the Commission for information regarding precedent. Application
fees will be retained for all course and sponsor applications which
are denied. Additionally, if you do not submit attendance lists
as required within 45 days after the end of the program, your future
courses may not be considered for Delaware credit. Please be sure
to thoroughly read CLE Rule 5(B) and attendance maintenance information
enclosed with course approval.
As always, please contact
the Commission with any questions.