Like other states, Tennessee has a continuing education requirement for licensed attorneys. Below is the actual wording from the law:
Section 3. Continuing Legal Education Requirement.
3.01. Each attorney admitted to practice law in the State of Tennessee shall attend, or complete an approved substitute for attendance, a minimum of twelve (12) actual hours of approved continuing legal education each calendar year, beginning January 1, 1987. In addition, beginning January 1, 1993, attorneys shall complete three (3) additional hours per year of approved continuing education in courses dealing with ethics and professionalism (“EP credits”). All hours of continuing legal education for each calendar year shall be earned by December 31 of that calendar year.
3.02. Attorneys who have a permanent physical disability which makes attendance of CLE programs inordinately difficult may file a request for a substitute program in lieu of attendance and shall therein set out continuing legal education plans tailored to their specific interests and physical abilities. The Commission shall review and approve or disapprove such plans on an individual basis. Denial of any requested substitute for attendance will be accompanied by reasons for the denial of the application and suggestions how the attorney might improve his or her application for an approved substitute for attendance.
3.03. Each attorney must actually attend fifteen (15) instructional hours of CLE per year. An instructional hour shall be determined by the Commission.
Complete Law: http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/rules/supreme-court/21
If you require the services of a Tennessee attorney for any of the reasons mentioned below, be sure to check the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility to ensure they have an active law license and they are current on any required continuing education requirements:
- Family Law
- Workers’ Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Car Accidents
- Social Security Disability
- Criminal Defense