On Friday, June 24th the Judges of the Superior Court voted to implement a minimum continuing legal education requirement for Connecticut attorneys effective January 1, 2017. We appreciate the concerns that many of you expressed to us about the additional burden this may impose on your practice.
Please know that we remain committed to helping you meet your professional obligations. In response to the Judicial Branch's decision to require minimum continuing legal education for all attorneys, we will provide our members with free access to self-study resources that will allow you to meet the new Connecticut requirement. We will also continue providing the high quality accredited education programs recognized in New York and other jurisdictions that our members have come to expect and appreciate.
We will provide you with more details over the summer.
I appreciate the broad categories of courses that will count towards the MCLE requirements, however, no one wants to learn after the fact that certain courses are not acceptable. Would there be courses that are not considered acceptable? For example, many law schools allow for graduates to audit courses, for a significantly reduced rate per credit hour. In addition, attorneys who specialize in areas such as taxes, family law and criminal law attorneys may take courses offered by organizations such as the National Association of Tax Professionals, National Association of Social Workers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, or even the IRS, Dept. of Health and Human Services and DOJ. From a first read of the new guidelines, it seems that courses and credits from these organizations definitely qualify for MCLE's, but will there be courses and credits that would not qualify?