The Internet has made widely available a treasure trove of free high-quality online academic video lectures to the general public through websites like Academic Earth | Online Courses | Academic Video Lectures. And lawyers can also benefit from their offerings.
For example, “one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history,” is available at no charge. It’s the philosophy course taught by Professor Michael Sandel, “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” In addition, Professor Mandel has several other courses under his “Justice” lectures, including the highly-rated, “The Morality of Murder.”
But for those pragmatically focusing only on what can reasonably pass muster for CLE Credit, Academic Earth offers an excellent option. The courses in Law include MIT Professor Keith Winstein’s “Introduction to Copyright Law” and “The 1976 Copyright Act” along with Berkeley Professor William Collins’ “Climate Change: Law and Policy.”
Getting MCLE approval.
Jurisdictions reserve the right to approve courses for CLE credit. The process typically involves an application form and sometimes submitting a fee. Lawyers seeking credit for taking part in Academic Earth’s online courses will have to comply with the rules established by their jurisdictions.
For example, Utah’s application fee is $10 and its form is available here for Download. In North Carolina, the fee is $3 per credit hour along with submittal of the “PDF – Application for the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education.”
Wisconsin and Nevada, on the other hand, do not charge application fees but similarly require compliance with the prerequisites stated on their respective approval request forms. Wisconsin’s form is available at “Request for Approval of CLE Activity – CLE Form 2” and Nevada’s form is at “Application for Approval of Individual Course (Form 2).”