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SCACR Rule 408(a)(3)

(3) Continuing Legal Education Requirements for the First Reporting Year after Admission. Newly admitted members are exempt from CLE requirements during the reporting year in which they are admitted to the South Carolina Bar. The first required reporting year for newly admitted members begins on March 1 after the date of admission. Before the end of the first required reporting year, newly admitted members admitted pursuant to Rule 402, SCACR, unless exempt as set forth below, must complete an Essentials Series course administered by the South Carolina Bar, in addition to satisfying the CLE requirements in (a)(2) above. Hours earned by attendance at an Essentials Series course will be applied to the member's first required reporting year. Members who live and practice outside of South Carolina may take an Essentials Series course online. The following newly admitted members shall be exempt from completing an Essentials Series course:

(A) members called to active military duty and who elect to become Military Members under 410(h)(1)(E), SCACR;

(B) inactive members who remain inactive through the end of the first required reporting year;

(C) members who have been admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction for at least two (2) years prior to admission in South Carolina;

(D) members who took the South Carolina Bar's Bridge the Gap Program prior to March 2013.

See full Rule 408.

NOTE: For the 2020-2021 year, the SC Supreme Court has waived the requirement that if you live or practice in South Carolina you are required to attend one of the Essentials Series seminars live and in-person. You may now meet the Essentials requirement by taking an online version of one of the programs.

Register for an Essentials course.