Despite 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.