Unless managed, annual compliance with a jurisdiction’s CLE can run upwards of several hundreds of dollars per year. The especially imprudent or those with more money than brains will spend more.
Young lawyers particularly need help. They’ve been churned off law school assembly lines and are saddled with outrageous debt. Many still look for work so they have to be smart about how much they pay for CLE. Consequently, an update to the previous list seems appropriate now. With the usual disclaimers as to warranties and continued availability, an additional list follows:
Commenter “Broke Attorney” says the ABA has closed the door on its “Open Access” at ABA-CLE | CLE Now! Online, Complimentary ABA-CLE Programs. I confirmed his comment. There’s only one complimentary CLE presently available and it’s 3 years old. Access to the ABA’s other programs require membership.
However, there’s still great news from the ABA. If you go to the ITunes Store, you will find an good sized library of timely and free ABA-CLE Podcasts – Download free podcast episode. You can also access free CLE podcasts and other materials at CLE & Conference Materials American Bar Association.
The Texas Bar has a Free Online Class, which only requires free registration to access.
Lawyers Mutual continues to offer its free CLE entitled, “2009 Mediation Masters’ Seminar” and its worth 1.5 of legal ethics credit. The malpractice carrier also provides free access to its online CLE department for their insured.
An hour of “Time saving tips for lawyers” is available at Free online CLE | EXTRAS | Toolkit.
Registration is required for complimentary access to ALM’s Virtual LegalTech Full Day of Live Webcasts, which are regularly scheduled. Many are CLE eligible.
Registration is also required for free access to a seminar through Law.com and Fios Host Complimentary Webcast on “The End of e-discovery as we know it?”.
Finally, as I also explained in my prior post, most state bar associations permit lawyers to apply for approval of those CLE programs, which aren’t already approved or offered through their state bar. For example, the Wisconsin Bar, like Nevada’s Bar, has a CLE Form 2 (Request for Approval of Continuing Legal Education Activity Form). Find your own bar’s activity approval application form at their website or call its CLE department.
Just about any program found online or offered live can be submitted to your state bar for approval. If such programs are offered by other legal associations, like the ABA or another state bar, the odds are good, your own bar may approve it for credit.