Mandatory continuing legal education is here. Starting Jan. 1, every lawyer licensed to practice in New Jersey, including judges, law school professors and limited-license in-house counsel, must take a minimum of 24 hours of continuing legal education courses every two years, the state Supreme Court declares in a newly adopted rule.

Rule 1:42, which was proposed and put out for public comment in October, is the culmination of a two-year long study by the court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education. [See notice to the Bar.]

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