We have discussed online CLE at length on this blog, examining its benefits, workings and where best to find quality CLE courses at affordable prices, but perhaps it is time to go back to basics. What exactly is CLE?
Continuing legal education, or CLE, is professional education of lawyers that takes place after the lawyer’s initial admission to the bar. As we have previously mentioned, many states in the U.S. require CLE participation of attorneys in order for them to maintain their license to practice law. In the U.S., CLE accreditation is given on a state-by-state basis. There is no nationwide accreditation since CLE programs are administered by the state supreme courts through special CLE Commissions or Boards.
Interestingly, the state of Kentucky allows all licensed attorneys in the state to fulfill their CLE requirement without paying a registration fee as part of a two-day program known as Kentucky Law Update. This unique program is offered annually in at least seven locations throughout the state.
More experienced attorneys are sometimes entitled to receive credit for speaking or teaching at an accredited CLE program; for moderating or participating in a panel presentation at an accredited CLE activity, for teaching law courses at an American Bar Association-accredited law school as well as for participating in several other courses and activities.