ADMISSION BY MOTION UNDER MAINE BAR ADMISSION RULE 11A:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A $250 FEE FOR A PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY, EFFECTIVE JULY 7, 2017, WHICH FEE IS CREDITED TOWARDS THE APPLICATION FEE IF YOU ARE FOUND ELIGIBLE. PAYMENT MAY BE MADE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY, VIA REGULAR MAIL.
All applicants are responsible for reading and complying with the Maine Bar Admission Rules. Most questions can be answered by a careful reading of the Rules. General information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Applicants who graduated from a law school not located in the United States should first review the Regulations for Determining Equivalency of Foreign Legal Education.
Posted: December 2, 2021
CLE Requirement Information for Admission by Motion Applicants
Lawyers seeking admission to the Maine Bar by motion must complete at least fifteen (15) hours of continuing legal education on Maine practice and procedure. The required credits are often referred to informally as “PRACPRO” credits. Please note that not all courses accredited for CLE credit meet the requirement. PRACPRO courses are a subset of courses approved in Maine which have a Maine practice and procedure component. Such CLE credit hours must be completed within one year immediately preceding the date on which the applicant is certified for admission.
The fifteen-hour requirement includes at least one credit approved in the area of ethics of professional responsibility and one credit hour approved for harassment & discrimination and may be earned only by attending live courses either online or in-person. Of the remaining thirteen hours, no more than seven credit hours may be earned through self-study/on-demand courses.
The ethics and H&D credits do not need to be specific to Maine practice and procedure.
Once all 15 credits have been earned, lawyers email their certificates of completion in a single email submission to the CLE Director for the Board of Overseers or the Bar at email@example.com. Please do not email courses until all have been completed because the Board does not track PRACPRO CLE progress for lawyers not yet admitted to the bar.