Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
High quality, reasonably priced CLE opportunities
If you're a Minnesota attorney and need to complete your continuing legal education before August 31, time is running out, but it's not time to panic! This page will help you find the credits you need, at the lowest possible cost. I'll keep this page updated with free and low-cost CLE opportunities as the deadline approaches. These will include my programs, and those offered by other providers.
This page is geared mostly for attorneys in Minnesota, one third of whom need to finish their credits before August 31. However, most of the programs on this site are offered for credit in other states as well.
Attorneys in Minnesota can satisfy some of their CLE credits with on-demand programs. These are programs that you listen to online at any convenient time. Minnesota attorneys can use on-demand programs to satisfy up to 15 of their 45 credits, including ethics and bias.
I have the following approved on-demand program available for attorneys in Minnesota:
In addition, I have daily conference call CLE programs available. Even if you have used up your "on-demand" hours, you can use these programs, since they are considered live programs in Minnesota. The cost is $25 per credit. Full details of the conference call programs are available at this link. I have three credits of conference calls available. If your short one or two credits, it's acceptable to take one of the programs a second time, and the content usually varies somewhat.
I have one in-person program between now and the end of the month, on August 22, which will allow you to earn an additional five credits. There's only one catch--it's in Nebraska. However, before you dismiss the idea out of hand, attending this program will allow you to view the total solar eclipse. You'll be able to view the eclipse, a once in a lifetime experience, as part of a tax deductible business trip! Reasonably priced hotel rooms are still available. You can drive down over the weekend, view the eclipse on Monday, attend the CLE on Tuesday, and be home Tuesday night. Full program information, including hotel and travel information, can be found at this link.
You probably won't be able to get all of your CLE credits for free, but if you're only short a few credits, there are many opportunities. The best listing of these resources is found at http://www.4freecle.blogspot.com/. When taking free programs, be sure to check whether credit has been applied for in your state, or whether it is available.
Mitchell-Hamline has the following free on-demand programs available. Details are available at their website. (Before using up your 15 on-demand programs with these credits, make sure you have completed your ethics and bias credits. If not, make sure you get any needed ethics or bias credits with my inexpensive ethics-bias program.
St. Thomas also offers a number of free and low-cost on-demand programs at this link.
Between Mitchell-Hamline and St. Thomas, you can probably take care of all 15 credits of your on-demand credits at no cost.
The following free live seminars and webcasts from other providers are likely to approved for or are eligible for CLE credit in Minnesota. (Because these are "live" webcasts, they are not subject to the limitation for "on demand" programs, and you can use these for all of your credits in most states.) When searching for free programs, please remember that you need to both take the course and report before August 31. Therefore, if you take courses near the deadline, it is important that you take courses that are already approved. The Board of CLE usually approves courses in about two weeks, so if you take a program that is pending early in the month, it should be approved in time.
For the world-class procrastinators who need more credits, there are other economical alternatives available, listed below.
If you need a lot of credits very fast, your best option might be to purchase an annual subscription to West Legal Ed Center at this link. This will cost you $840, but you'll probably be able to get all of your credits before the end of December. And in the following 11 months, you can get your credits for the next reporting cycle, and you won't need to worry about it again for another few years. Other CLE providers have similar package deals, so you might want to research those as well.
$840 is a good deal for 90 credits, but West Legal Ed Center programs can be rather expensive. However, if you just need a few credits, they can be a good option. If you shop around carefully on their site, you will find some programs for about $50 per credit. Here are some of the lowest priced programs currently available:
Here are some upcoming programs at reasonable prices. All of these appear to be fully interactive, so they should be eligible for full credit in states such as Minnesota which provide full credit only for "live" programs. But since the deadline is fast approaching, be sure to check before registering that the program has been approved in Minnesota, or the application process is well underway.
If you need additional assistance in taking care of your CLE before the deadline, please contact me.
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