Some 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.