Fully grasping the ins and outs of New York continuing legal education can prove testing at times. As a navigation aid, this post will address credits, courses and New York-centric requirements as they relate to newly admitted attorneys.
New York-based newly admitted attorneys, take note – 16 transitional credits must be completed in each of your first two years of admission (a total of 32). Of these 16 credits, 3 must be in Ethics, 6 must be in Skills and 7 must be in Professional Practice or Practice Management. That is to say, newly admitted attorneys must fulfill their continuing legal education requirement by taking accredited transitional NY continuing legal education courses or programs in traditional live classroom settings or through the attendance of fully interactive video conferences, where the video conference technology has been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.
Some important points to note with regard to NY legislation are that your CLE deadline is measured from the date of your admission, and that New York is a self-reporting jurisdiction. Newly admitted attorneys within this self-reporting jurisdiction must certify along with the submission of his or her biennial attorney registration statement that the attorney has satisfactorily completed 32 credit hours of transitional continuing legal education. The attorney must also certify that he or she has retained the Certificates of Attendance or other documentation required by the CLE board.
Fortunately, Marino Legal offers a convenient solution to completing CLE requirements. Entitled ‘Bridge the Gap‘ courses, these weekend courses are designed to save you money and time in complying with NY state law.