CLE requirements are a mandatory part of legal life.
You already know continuing legal education (CLE) requirements stipulate that you must continue your education to retain your license to practice law. If you’re like most attorneys, this is a problem.
The reason? You’re incredibly busy.
Every state requires that you carve CLE time out in your busy schedule. What you don’t have time for is chasing down resources.
Do you have the best CLE resources on hand?
Do you know where can you find the best CLE resources for your attorneys at a moment’s notice? If your answer is no, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s a list of resources you can use to fulfill your CLE requirements.
CLE requirements for each state
Paid CLE sources
- The ABA CLE offers CLE training via in-person events, live webinars, and on-demand training.
- Lawline.com provides attorneys with on-demand training via 1,400 courses covering more than 55 practice areas. Access is $199 for one year.
- AttorneyCredits.com offers unlimited CLE for $149 per year. Their courses are divided by state and offered on an a la carte or unlimited basis.
- CLEcenter.com a subscription-based website that provides online CLE on a variety of topics.
- ALICLE.org a subscription-based resource that provides online and in-person training for a variety of CLE topics.
- CailLaw.org provides specific, specialized training and events focusing on carefully curated topics.
- Pli.edu covers more than 1,100 topics via programs, webcasts, in-person and on-demand training on a comprehensive list of practice areas and topics.
- LexisNexis University offers comprehensive CLE training for a range of practice areas. Attorneys can sort training by jurisdiction, practice area, content provider, learning method and more.
Free CLE sources
- ABA free CLE series offers CLE training on a schedule. Recent programs are available on-demand and are free to ABA members.
- Above the Law Free CLE of the Month: Abovethelaw.com offers 1 free CLE course each month on a variety of topics.
- MCLEZ.com offers free and paid CLE training for 37 states.
- 4FreeCLE this blog lists a formal and informal list of free CLE resources. It’s updated regularly providing attorneys with reliable sources on a variety of topics and practice areas.
- FastCase provides attorneys with free live webinars on conducting legal research (using their platform of course).
- Many state and local bar associations offer free CLE training. Bar associates offer in-person, on-demand, webinar, teleconference, online courses, CD and DVD training. Here’s a comprehensive list.
CLE by practice area/topic
- General CLE
- Family Law
- Business Law
- Criminal Justice
- Government/Public Sector Law
- Law Practice
- Elder Law
- Military assistance
- Public Interest Law
- Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
- Science and Technology Law
- Professional responsibility
This list isn’t intended to be comprehensive.
It’s designed to save you time.
Think about it. What happens with an in-person CLE? You have to drive to the CLE. You wait for everyone to register, for equipment to be set up, for lunch breaks. Finally, you wait in line for your CLE credits to be filled out.
That’s time and revenue you can’t recover.
These CLE resources give you the freedom, flexibility and control you need. You’re able to choose the schedule and format that works best for you, in your timeframe.
You’re incredibly busy.
CLEs are a mandatory part of legal life. You have to make time for CLEs but there’s no reason to accept lost time as a required part of that arrangement. Use these resources to complete your CLEs swiftly and guard your time zealously.