What is CLE and why do I need it?
CLE is Continuing Legal Education. CLE encompasses programs designed for legal professionals, covering topics in substantive areas of law; technology programs used specifically by legal practitioners, such as legal research programs; education on programs designed to assist legal professionals, such as document manage;, as well as the basics such as research, court rules and updates, recent legal decisions, writing skills and ethics. Nearly every continuing education program designed for an attorney can be taken by a paralegal, with the possible exception of topics limited to licensed attorneys, such as “How to Cross Examine a Hostile Witness”, although such topics are often of interest to senior paralegals who assist at trial.
The law is an ever evolving being – it is not just what is written in a book, but what is decided by the highest courts today and tomorrow. What was good law one day, may not be so tomorrow. So too is the ever evolving world of technology as it effects the practice of law. Thus, to keep abreast of what is new, paralegals need to take CLE. It makes you a better paralegal and a more valuable asset to your firm or legal department.
SmartPros has teamed up with NFPA to provide NFPA members with one full year of unlimited CLE offerings for $195.00. SmartPros offers CLE events on a wide variety of topics of interest to paralegals, paralegal managers and attorneys. Details on this special offer can be found in the Members Only menu under Member Benefits.
Lorman Education Services
NFPA Members enjoy a 20% discount on both CLE and bookstore items at www.lorman.com. Details on this special offer can be found in the Members Only menu under Member Benefits.
Advanced Specialty Courses by API
API currently offers five (5) advanced specialty certificates: Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) , Corporate Law, Elder Law; Intellectual Property; and Foreclosure and Creditor/Debtor Law. All courses are at the graduate level and were developed by experts in each field of law. For more information, and/or to register, click here.
Recorded Webinars Hosted by NFPA
Each month in 2013, starting in February, NFPA is hosting a low-cost webinar on a variety of topics relevant to the paralegal profession. A month or two after each presentation the recorded session will be made available as a webcast. These are NFPA Approved CLE. Read more, and order them, on the detail page.
CLE Providers and NFPA Approved CLE
NFPA does not recommend particular education programs. You will need to make your choice based on your own research and evaluation.
NFPA does offer review of Continuing Legal Education events by paralegal associations and commercial providers. Each CLE application is reviewed by a seasoned paralegal, who reviews the program content, speaker qualifications and strength of the program topic. Qualified offerings are then pre-approved for the PACE Registered Paralegal® and CORE™ Registered Paralegal credential renewal CLE requirements and may be advertised as "NFPA Approved". Additional information is available on our NFPA Approved Education page.