With just a month till year-end, some lawyers are in the throes of final procrastination to meet calendar year mandatory continuing legal education requirements. And yeah, those are the honest ones.
There are lawyers I meet who trigger my well-calibrated “B.S.” detector bragging about how they “always end up with more CLE than they need.” Yeah – – – right. And I always get all the gifts I want at Christmas.
So to allay a panic attack, here’s another “Free CLE” update. And the usual caveats apply. If a link is broken or if the content sucks or if your jurisdiction won’t approve it, don’t blame me.
Also, for programs outside your jurisdiction, you’ll need to obtain approval for MCLE credit. I’ve previously blogged about how to do this, including at “General online learning can provide another creative way to Free CLE” and at “The Irreverent Lawyer’s 1st anniversary: updated free CLE webinars and podcasts.”
But ahead of that, indulge me one more soapbox rant on mandatory CLE – – – if you don’t mind. Make no mistake. Continuing legal education is fungible. We’re talking commodity, here, amigos. One pork belly is the same as another. Or when you can tell the difference between one frijole over another, let me know.
And then there’s the content. “Interesting CLE” is oxymoronic and “useful CLE” chimerical. And this is regardless of what providers charge and “Why most continuing legal education sucks.“ But more importantly, when something’s commoditized, the only difference, then, is price. And “Free” always trumps a price tag.
So unlike the greedy online shills, the dog-and-pony moonlighters, and the bottom-line hungry local and state bar associations, I don’t have any financial self-interest in CLE. See “Who’s making money from MCLE?”
To borrow a quote from Eric Sevareid, I post free continuing legal education courses on this blog, “To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
So for all the lawyers not so fortunate to be sitting on “more CLE than they need,” and who’re still short on credits – – – not to worry, here’s more online FREE CLE.
Alaska Bar Association
3.0 hours of ethics credit
New York State Bar Association – The NYSBA Committee on Lawyers in Transition
ARDC- Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
TexasBarCLE, “Judicial Panel on Success for NewLawyers //Workingwith Others in Practice // Starting/Building
a Practice // How to Succeed in First Trial or Transaction: Keys to Victory in Court or Boardroom” (online class) Free Online Class at http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/home.asp
Foster Pepper PLLC and Northwest Justice Project
The seminar, which was held March 31, 2011 in Seattle, was approved by the Washington State Bar Association for 3.0 Ethics and 2.0 General CLE credits, 5.0 credits total.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) –
This one’s hard to explain. Other than – why give it away when you can charge for it? PBI makes available each week, a “free online course with all the features of the regular course, except CLE credit.”
But I would think this shouldn’t keep non-Pennsylvania lawyers from submitting these “free” courses for credit in their own jurisdictions since otherwise, these ‘ducks look like and quack like ducks’ even if PBI says they’re not mallards.