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RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

ADMINISTRATIVE RULES 35 TO 59

53.3. Activities Qualifying For NHMCLE Credit


A. Methods of Complying with Rule - The NHMCLE requirement may be met by attending live presentations of approved courses or any other continuing legal education activity approved for credit by the NHMCLE Board, subject to the following requirements:

 
   1. Attendance at programs presented by means of audio or video tape, motion picture, simultaneous broadcast or other such comparable systems or devices will qualify for NHMCLE credit as attendance at a live presentation of an approved course if there is an opportunity to ask questions of the course faculty or, if the faculty is not available either in person or via telephone, a qualified commentator is available to offer comment and answer questions directly or in writing.

    2. Teaching, in-office continuing legal education activities, self-study, publications and exposure to audio or video tapes of approved courses which is not deemed equivalent to attendance at a live course presentation may also qualify for NHMCLE credit if these activities meet the conditions set forth in this rule.

    3. A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the NHMCLE requirement must be met by attending live presentations of approved courses (other than in-office courses) as a student.

    4. Attendance by part-time judges at programs approved by the Supreme Court pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 45 shall qualify for NHMCLE credit.

B. Credit for Teaching - NHMCLE credit shall be granted for teaching participation in approved courses (including in-office courses, as provided in paragraph C of this rule) at the rate of three (3) hours of NHMCLE credit for each hour of actual classroom instruction time.

C. Requirements for In-Office Courses - NHMCLE credit shall be granted for attendance at approved courses offered by one or more law firms, corporate legal departments or government agencies primarily for the education of their members. The standards for approval of such in-office courses shall be as prescribed in Rule 53.5, except that the courses need not be open to all lawyers or to the public. In addition, a minimum of three (3) lawyers, including the instructor, must attend for the course to qualify for NHMCLE credit. For course attendance to qualify for NHMCLE credit, the sponsor or sponsors of the course, or any attendee desiring credit, must apply for course approval in advance or within thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the course, in the manner prescribed in Rule 53.5.

D. Requirements for Audio/Video Courses - NHMCLE credit shall be granted for exposure to audio or video tapes of approved courses which does not qualify as attendance at a live presentation, provided that (1) exposure to the course occurs in a setting conducive to intellectual concentration and effective study, (2) written course materials are available (at the time of exposure) for permanent retention by the student upon completion of the course, and (3) the course was not produced more than three (3) years prior to the date of exposure.

E. Requirements for Self-Study Courses - NHMCLE credit shall be granted for self-study activities which:

    1. Are sponsored by a sponsor accredited pursuant to Rule 53.4 or are part of a structured course of study approved pursuant to Rule 53.5.

    2. Include written course materials which are available for permanent retention by the student upon completion of the course.

    3. Are pursued in a setting conducive to intellectual concentration and effective study.

F. Application for Approval of Self-Study and Taped Courses - For any self-study or taped program to qualify for NHMCLE credit, the sponsor of the course or the student in question must apply for course approval in advance or within thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the course, in the manner prescribed in Rule 53.5.

G. Credit for Publications - NHMCLE credit shall be granted to principal authors of books, law review and journal articles and similar publications treating legal or law-related topics in a scholarly or practical manner and directed primarily to an audience of lawyers, judges and legal assistants. Such credit shall be granted in the reporting year in which publication first occurs, at the rate of one (1) hour of NHMCLE credit for each one thousand five hundred (1,500) words published. Lawyers desiring NHMCLE credit for such publications shall submit a copy of the same to the NHMCLE Board upon request, and shall retain a copy for a minimum of two (2) years after the close of the reporting year in question.

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