online cleDespite the general consensus that continuing legal education is beneficial for the legal system and those operating within it, certain US states still refuse to get on board. Of the total fifty US states, a majority of forty-six currently require that all attorneys, newly admitted and veterans alike, partake in CLE. The state of Connecticut, however, refuses to acknowledge the potential benefit of CLE, citing several reasons for its decision not to adopt Mandatory (or Minimum) Continuing Legal Education Rules (MCLE).

Law.com reports that some of the main reasons for the Connecticut Bar Judicial Branch’s refusal to adopt MCLE were:

Financial burden: Judicial Branch members argued that the introduction of CLE would be too expensive, even though credit can be obtained for teaching or publishing articles in legal publications, thereby reducing the cost incurred by having to enroll for several courses, as well as in spite of the fact that legal professionals constitute a high earning group.

Potential swindling: Another reservation Branch members have is that a certain demographic of CLE participants will cheat, but as Law.com points out, swindlers will be swindlers and there will always be a certain percentage of the population hell bent on personal gain and perfidy.

Of course, whatever about the small minority refusing to accept the benefits of CLE, the state of New York requires all attorneys partake in New York CLE. Whether you are in search of ‘bridge the gap’ courses, or are a veteran intent on gaining your credits through online CLE, learn more about NY continuing legal education by contacting us here at Marino Legal.


The History of CLE

March 25th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleMarino Legal NY continuing legal education courses may be thoroughly contemporary, but did you know the history of continuing legal education in America dates all the way back to the nineteenth century?

The idea of CLE in its modern form did not emerge, however, until the post-World War II period when such courses became exceptionally important for attorneys who returned from serving during the war and undertook ‘refresher’ courses, designed to re-acquaint them with the legal practice and to inform them of legal developments which had taken place while they were absent.

By 1947, the concept of CLE had gained enough attention to prompt the partnering of the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute in order to organize a systematic development, and expansion, of CLE across the nation.

This partnership was known as ALI-ABA and succeeded in making significant progress in terms of popularizing the opinion that continuing legal education was essential for legal practitioners. Arguably the most important developments made by ALI-ABA were hammered out during the conferences known as Arden House I, II and III, held in 1958, 1963, and 1987, respectively. These milestone conferences developed a framework for CLE in each state, for attorneys at every stage of their professional career.

Learn more about securing the best possible New York CLE in this day and age – call Marino Legal at 212-249-3779!

new york cleSome of our previous posts on making the transition from law school graduate to fully proficient practicing lawyer shed considerable light on ‘bridging the gap’ but there are always new questions to be answered.

In this post, we will address some of the questions most commonly posed by newly admitted attorneys in the process of fulfilling CLE requirements:

How do I find conveniently located CLE courses?

The CLE Board unfortunately does not maintain a list of individually accredited courses. Newly admitted attorneys can check with local bar associations or other organizations to inquire if they provide New York CLE courses. The Accredited Provider List is also a useful resource in this respect, listing the names and details of several providers of NY continuing legal education including Marino Legal.

Is it possible to fulfill CLE requirements through audiotapes, online courses, or other nontraditional formats?

The short answer is no; unless granted special permission to do otherwise by the New York State CLE Board, newly admitted attorneys must fulfill their CLE requirement in live, traditional classroom settings or by attendance at fully interactive video conferences which have been pre-approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.

Can I earn credit for writing a legal article, or by teaching at a CLE program?

No; only experienced attorneys may receive CLE credit for such activities.


bridge the gapEvidence is at the core of all legal cases, swaying juries one way or another, whether scarce or present in abundance. If you are eager to learn more about the role of evidence in trials, while also satisfying your NY continuing legal education requirements, then look no further than our Evidence Law package.

Adapted from the NYCLA 2nd Annual Day of Evidence, this 14-credit (11.00 General; 3.00 Ethics) course allows attendees to learn from some of the foremost experts in the legal field, teaching them winning techniques and strategies for use when trying personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal and matrimonial cases.

Topics covered in this course will include objections i.e. when it is appropriate to object to evidence in a trial, timing of objections and the importance of precision when objecting.

Other areas to be addressed include electronically stored or computer generated information (“ESI”), and how it can be employed as a veritable cache of related evidence with the potential to be dispositive, or at the very least helpful in proving one’s case, or defending a party. Also discussed will be the problems associated with this form of evidence including its ease of fabrication and manipulation.

Additionally, attendees will hear from a sitting Circuit Court judge and seasoned litigators as they offer tips and techniques on communicating in court. Currently available for the reduced price of $249, those interested in an evidence law-based New York CLE course can sign up now for a savings of 41%.

bridge the gapAre you interested in combining your passion for art with your legal expertise? Do you need to fulfill your NY continuing legal education requirements, as well?

Why not consider immersing yourself in the fascinating world of artistic expression and associated legal issues? Our course entitled ‘Coloring Within the Lines: Restrictions on Artistic Expression’ will not only see you gain 1 credit in your effort to satisfy New York CLE requirements, it will also introduce you to the need-to-know legal issues surrounding art and exhibitions.

Taken from the seminal program, 3rd Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution, this course centers on artistic freedom, controversial exhibitions and the types of art which generate strong public and/or governmental reactions. Panelists involved will discuss municipal efforts to limit or somehow inhibit artistic expression, whether through restrictions on funding or permits, as well as the legal right of municipalities to regulate exhibitions at museums, including a case study of the Sensation case (an exhibition of Young British Artists’ controversial work in 1999) involving the Brooklyn Museum and the City of New York.

Some other topics to be addressed include censorship, controversial art and museum deaccessioning policies, with the main debate focusing on whether museums should be self-regulating or subject to external control. For just $40, this course is available to those seeking to combine a love for the arts with an interest in legal issues such as censorship.

About Marino Legal

February 27th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleAs most experts in their respective fields know, it takes a considerable amount of time and experience in order to be in a position to impart wisdom to others.

At Marino Legal, we have learned a thing or two about NY continuing legal education since founding the institute in 1946. We began with one particular ambition: to provide high quality education, at the lowest possible price. Since the foundation of the institute in 1946, Marino Legal has been run by three generations of Marino law professors and legal educators, providing New York CLE to thousands of attorneys over the course of the years.

Meet some of the members of the Marino family:

Joseph Marino, Jr., Esq.: Choosing to follow in his father’s footsteps, Joseph Marino Jr. has received numerous accolades during his several years as a specialist in continuing legal education. Joseph is currently a full-time professor at New York Law School, as well as the content director at Marino Legal.

Emily Marino: As the jovial face of Marino Legal, Emily has worked tirelessly for the past 30 years to help make Marino Legal the renowned institute it is today.

Michael Marino, Esq.: Michael can be credited with taking Marino Legal into the digital age. An adjunct professor at New York Law School, Michael is also the director of Marino Legal.

How Our Tutors Can Help You

February 20th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

ny continuing legal educationAs leaders in the field of bar preparation and NY continuing legal education, we make it a priority to recruit only the best tutors for Marino Legal. If you have been wondering how exactly our tutors propose to aid you in preparing for the bar exam, then let us explain just some of the benefits:

Class Rank: The National Conference of Bar Examiners recommends those in the lower part of the their law school class invest some more time in their study for the bar than that required to take a standard course.

Scheduling: Our tutors understand exactly how precious time can be when preparing for examinations. With many courses, one missed day seems to spell disaster. At Marino Legal, tutors will aid you in managing your time efficiently in preparation for your examination.

Skill Building: We all have particular strengths and weaknesses. If you are experiencing difficulty with a particular area of the exam, or a particular substantive topic, our tutors will work to evaluate your skills and give you strategies in order to improve your efficiency. With you every step of the way, Marino Legal tutors can regularly test your knowledge, as well as give you detailed feedback on your essays, MPT and MBE problems.

Learn more about prepping for the bar, ‘bridge the gap‘ courses, and satisfying your New York CLE requirements at MarinoLegalCLE.com

Financing Your New York CLE

February 13th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleConsidering the current economic climate is far from hospitable, gathering together the funds to finance your NY continuing legal education can be very labor intensive. That is why we at Marino Legal are pleased to offer attorneys a convenient payment plan that won’t see you crippled with expenses.

Here is how it works:

Simply pay the deposit of $250, complete our financing agreement, and furnish a copy of your driver’s license or ID card. The remaining balance to be paid for your course will be broken into equal payments and automatically charged to your credit card.

You can choose to begin your payments immediately or you can wait until two months before the bar exam to start your payments. Payments can also be extended to 12 months after you take the bar exam. Another benefit is that you can also choose how many installments you would like to pay your balance.

Some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to our finance plan for New York continuing legal education are answered below:

Who can use the financing program?

Anyone! As long as you have a Visa, Master Card, or American Express credit card, we can set up your automatic payments.

What can you use financing for?

Financing is available for the Marino Bar Review, the Marino Weekender Bar Review, the Marino Skill Builder Bar Review, and the Marino Custom Bar Preparation.

ny cleOne of the hottest topics in the legal world today is centered around intellectual property law and the legal issues surrounding creative industries such as art and fashion design. Our New York CLE Art Law and Intellectual Property Package offers attorneys the chance to explore some of the most controversial and litigated issues in the field today, learning from noted experts from the bench and bar, as well as specialists from museums, galleries, academia, media and law enforcement.

For just $399, attorneys can acquire a wealth of knowledge on the following issues surrounding intellectual property law: copyright and fine art; protecting antiquities; government restrictions on artistic expression; looted art, detecting fraud; proving provenance; dealing with artists’ estates and foundations; appraisals; legal issues relating to installation art, biennials and art fairs; deviations from trust indentures; Cy Pres and deaccessioning; as well as ethical considerations.

One of the several courses included in this 23-credit package is ‘Representing a Fashion Client’ – a course dedicated to examining the intellectual property issues of the fashion industry. Much discussed in recent years due to high profile cases between high-end designer brands and mammoth high-street retailers, copyright and fashion is a fascinating topic and one of increasing importance for both veteran attorneys organizing their New York continuing legal education, as well as newcomers seeking ‘bridge the gap‘ courses.

Interesting CLE Facts

January 30th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online cleWe 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.

To learn more about the specifics of New York continuing legal education, consult the leading providers of both ‘bridge the gap‘ and veteran-appropriate CLE courses, Marino Legal.