A previously mentioned approach to get continuing legal education credit is to submit programs for approval that may not be already accredited in your jurisdiction.
This is done by applying for credit in conformance with the rules established by the particular state where you practice. Most state bars have forms, which can be downloaded online. For example, the Application for CLE Credit for the Wyoming State Bar can be downloaded via a pdf file.
Check your state’s rules.
But check your jurisdiction’s rules. Some states have quirks about the programs they’re willing to credit. Still others shamelessly charge their members “a processing fee” when an unaccredited course is submitted for credit approval.
One way or another some state bars find a way into your pocket when you don’t purchase one of their “approved” CLE programs. After all, state mandatory CLE exists as a profit center and not solely, as one jurisdiction puts it, “to foster attorney competence, ethical and professional behavior through education.” See Louisiana Supreme Court: Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.
Below is the latest list of free webinars and podcasts currently available. Some require registration to download. Others can be accessed via the mentioned URL or directly through the links provided. And as before, the usual disclaimers apply as to continued availability and content quality.
~ Avvo, Inc. (www.avvo.com), the online legal directory.
~ American Bar Association (ABA).
The American Bar Association continues to provide a valuable service to lawyers through its various sections including, an offering on Equal Access to Justice – Free Webinar.
Other ABA podcasts presently available include the following:
Tweet-tweet, you’re fired.
Litigation Podcast: Tips & Tactics for the Practicing Trial Lawyer
How to Take a Deposition—Execution
~ SJLM Webinars.
Last, the San Luis Obispo business law firm, Sinsheimer Juhnke Lebens & McIvor, LLP, generously provides several free webinars of informative interest, which can be found at SJLM Law’s Archived Webinars | SJLM Law. They include: