CLE Credit for Pro Bono Hours

Attorneys can claim 1 hour of standard CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono legal representation. Pro bono CLE credits are capped at 6 CLE credit hours per 3-year reporting period.

To be eligible for pro bono CLE credit, your pro bono client must have been referred to you by an approved legal services provider or by a state or federal court program.

To apply for pro bono CLE credit, fill out the Affidavit of Pro Bono Representation and mail or email it to the Office of the Board of Continuing Legal Education.

For more information see the MN CLE Pro Bono Representation page.

Pro Bono Reporting Rule

Beginning in 2022, when completing your annual attorney registration statement, you will notice three additional required questions related to the aspirational goals stated in Rule 6.1 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. Two questions ask about approximate hours spent the prior calendar year on pro bono service and activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession. An additional question, with a checkbox response, asks whether you provided financial support during the prior calendar year to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means. Your individual responses to these three new questions will not be made public. Responses will be reported in the aggregate to provide important insight about pro bono service and the contributions of Minnesota lawyers to organizations serving the legal needs of people of limited means.

To learn more about the new reporting requirements for 2022, see the MSBA information page