Monday, July 4, 2011

Can you get CLE credit for blogging?

It depends. From the always great Lawyerist blog:

Most of the 45 state that have a mandatory continuing legal education requirement for lawyers award credit for published legal works.

At least 35 states specifically lay out the qualifications for awarding writing credit. Each state has its own unique set of regulations which I’ll broadly summarize and juxtapose a blogging platform as publisher.

Article content

The articles content boils down to two broad requirements—that it contribute to the continuing legal education of the author and is addressed to attorneys.

The daily review and research of current materials and information necessary to compose on-point, meaningful blog posts certainly contributes to the author’s education as it does to the lawyers that consume the content.

Acceptable publishers

Many states require that the articles be published in law reviews, professional journals or an ABA publication. And books or chapters of books. Some consider non-published works

A few mention electronic or “other legal sources”. Like blogging platforms? What about posts on ABA published blogs?

Nevada has a unique provision that articles published in a legal magazine must have a regular distribution to at least 200 attorneys. Online legal magazines (or blogs) reach thousands!

Length of post

Some states specifically require up to 2,000-3,000 words in length. Some get specific, like Vermont which grants 2.5 hours for 1000 published words and five hours for 3000 published words.

Though the trend in today’s quick paced world is for micro-everything including blog posts, most lawyers, given the opportunity will gladly comply with a verbose requirement. Some bloggers even now, eschew the popular short, frequent posts in favor of longer, substantive pieces.

Is there typically a limit on how much your blogging (or other writing) can count toward your yearly CLE requirement? Click here to find out.


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