On Law Day

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleWhile to some of you today is simply the first day of May, others are celebrating Law Day, an observance which encourages the people of the U.S. to reflect on the role of the law in the initial formation of the country, as well as its continued importance as a cohesive agent in society.

Sounds great, right? Well, this is actually more of a contentious issue than it may first seem. While most will agree law is an essential element in upholding the structure of a functional society, Law Day is considered by many to be a cloaked attack on leftist beliefs and values.

Law Day was initially introduced by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, in an attempt to dissuade citizens from celebrating May Day, a day of remembrance to commemorate workers the world over who were killed or oppressed in their struggle for better wages or working conditions.

With that said, Law Day is often celebrated nowadays less in terms of what it opposes, as what it supports – that is, the crucial significance of the law in protecting human rights and ensuring justice is delivered.

Why not celebrate Law Day by signing up for the most convenient way of satisfying your CLE requirements? We offer a wide range of ‘bridge the gap‘ courses as well as online CLE courses.

online cleWhile New York continuing legal education requires the expense of a certain amount of time and money, both the hours and dollars invested are certainly not going to go to waste. Here are the six top reasons for fulfilling your New York CLE requirements:

  • A person with a higher education and career level has a higher earning capacity
  • A person with a higher education and advanced certification will be selected for employment over those who do not have these qualifications
  • Those who continually learn new things in their chosen practice are much more valuable employees, and are therefore more likely to enjoy job security at their workplace
  • Those who continually learn tend to have a higher level of responsibility and greater degree of job satisfaction
  • An employee who does not consistently learn will in time lose their skills, find that their knowledge is outdated, and will eventually fall back in their career
  • A person who actively makes the commitment to continually learn remains competitive in a tough job market; this is especially important in today’s economic climate

If you were in any doubt before, these reasons should make the importance of CLE plain to see. Professionals who do not actively engage in consistent learning, will eventually lose out to those who do. Don’t get left behind, find more info on a variety of CLE courses and packages, including ‘bridge the gap‘ weekends, at MarinoLegalCLE.com.

online cleContinuing on from last week’s compilation of top job-hunting tips for newly admitted attorneys, we thought it might be useful to take a broader look at the link between education and employment. This week, we bring you the top law schools to attend when it comes to landing a job.

During the past couple of years, the American Bar Association (ABA) has dramatically increased its efforts to glean information from law schools on the topic of job placement. The ABA’s findings break down the types of jobs graduates have secured, and whether they are full-time, long-term or short-term positions.

Here are the top 5 law schools when it comes to graduates securing full-time, long-term employment:

  • The University of Chicago Law School saw 94.9% of its 215 2012 graduates in bar passage jobs
  • Following close behind was the University of Virginia Law School; of its 364 graduates, 344 secured bar passage jobs
  • The University of Pennsylvania Law School nigh on tied with Virginia, with 94.4% of its 270 2012 graduates achieving full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage
  • Rounding out the top 5 and following very close behind were Columbia Law School (at no. 4) with 93.4% of its graduates securing full-time, long-term jobs and Stanford Law School at no. 5 with a rate of 91.2%

If you’ve managed to secure a full-time, long-term position – congratulations! Ensure you keep up to date with NY continuing legal education by either gaining credits through online CLE or partaking in a convenient ‘bridge the gap‘ CLE weekend.

Source: Law.com

NY continuing legal educationFully 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.