Summer 2016 Entrepreneurial Experiences

Week 8: (CLE) Continuing Legal Education

Monday, August 8, 2016 3:42 pm

This past week I attended a CLE on professional ethics. The course was taught by licensed North Carolina practitioners. This course covered the codes of conduct governing proper professional behavior and the obligations owed to clients and society. After attending the course, I learned that CLE’s are beneficial and can be very enjoyable.

Most states require continued legal education for attorneys, known as CLE’s. The continued professional development consists of professional education courses for attorneys. These courses take place after admission to the bar and are required each year an attorney is actively licensed. North Carolina requires a minimum of 12 CLE credits per year, and failure to meet the requirements can result in suspension of your license.

The purpose of CLE’s is to fill out the gap between the theory and the reality of legal practice. They keep lawyers updated on new regulations and trends in the legal field. The goal is to make lawyers more competent and to ensure that attorneys will not allow their knowledge and skills to diminish after passing the bar. Each state requires a minimum number of CLE credits, which are measured in hours. CLE credits range in various legal topics such as ethics, diversity training , family law, professional responsibility, basic skills, substance abuse , prevention of malpractice, and attorney-client disputes.

A lawyer might be unsure about a particular area of law, or have doubt about certain legal issues. By attending CLE courses, you learn about current and relevant topics. Additionally, you can get answers to any questions you may have, and have the opportunity to participate in active discussions with other attorneys. CLE’s are an excellent way to connect with other attorneys that may have similar questions or concerns.

Continued educational training for attorneys is not a requirement in Saudi Arabia, where I am a professor and attorney. In the US, it is critical to remaining actively licensed and an important aspect of networking within the profession. By attending the course, I learned about the latest updates regarding the rules of professional ethics and had the opportunity to network with other legal professionals.

One Response to “Week 8: (CLE) Continuing Legal Education”

  1. CLE’s do sound like they are very valuable. The fact that they’re required in most states really emphasizes how important they are to professional development for lawyers and top-quality legal service.

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