But as before, for struggling solos, lawyer newbies, and small firm practitioners, “Free CLE” remains the preferable option to satisfy mandatory continuing education requirements.
Financial hardship discounts.
Perhaps in recognition of the economic times, to their everlasting credit, some state bars like Missouri’s, for instance, are trying to ease up on the economic pain to fulfill CLE requirements, such as the Financial Hardship Policy for MoBarCLE Sponsored CLE Programs.
Illinois also has a Hardship Policy. It requires lawyers who believe they qualify for financial hardship to send the bar an explanatory email.
The National Academy of Continuing Legal Education also offers applications for attorneys experiencing a financial hardship. Attorneys who have such a need must complete a Hardship Application Form.
Free CLE Updates.
Free CLE updates follow. And as always the usual self-serving disclaimers apply about quality and continued availability or as Elton John once famously said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player.”
Interbranch Disharmony: State ex rel. Mass Transit Authority v. Indiana Revenue Board, which is a free CLE event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series with support from the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. The course number is 136596 for 1.5 hours.
7th Amendment: Civil Jury Trials R.I.P? Can It Actually Happen in America? (online class)
MCLE Credit: 0.50 hrs
MCLE No: 901215563
Accreditation for this course expires on 12/31/2011. You must complete the course and report your MCLE hours prior to this date to receive credit. View Topics Enter this Class.
Each month, a series of complimentary practice-building and legal productivity webinars are made available from RocketMatter, which describes itself as an online legal practice management and time tracking software solution for small to mid-size law firms that provides free, CLE accredited webinars exploring the business of law.
Host: Kendall Coffey, Coffey Burlington (Miami, Florida)
When: Thursday, January 28th at 12PM EST
The Nixon Peabody LLP :: Events :: Information Law Webinar Series hosts a number of online complimentary webinars, including the following previous Webinars, such as
“Managing and Protecting Trade Secrets in the Emerging World of Cloud Computing”.
“Legal Challenges in Deploying Internal Corporate Social Media Tools (Yammer, Office Communicator, SalesForce Chatter)”
The Corporation Service Company offers a list of complimentary Web Seminars – Live Webinars – Archived Recordings | CSCGlobal.com. These include upcoming amendments to UCC 9. CSC provides a certificate of attendance for live presentations upon request. Request a certificate of attendance (live sessions only) or request presentation materials (live or recorded sessions).
As a final add, many state bars, including Arizona and Nevada, offer very inexpensive live CLE programs to section members. Last month, for example, the Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section of the Arizona Bar offered for the price of $20, 3.75 hours of CLE credit, including a .75 hour of ethics for a live probate and guardianship primer, hot buffet breakfast included.
And on a regular basis, the Elder Law Section of the Nevada State Bar offers live one-hour CLE telephone conferences on various elder law subjects, which are complimentary to section members.
Bottom line is that it’s foolish to shell out $200 to $300 or more for continuing legal education. There’s better pricing, there’s sufficient program diversity and quality to cover virtually all subject areas, not to mention the ease of access. And besides, CLE can also be had at no-cost!
And as I’ve said many times before, high cost doesn’t correlate to high quality. See, for example, my irreverent October post, which admittedly caused some of my colleagues to take offense, Why most continuing legal education sucks.