3 Ways to Earn CLE Credits


Getting CLE credit may seem like a daunting task, or just a hassle in your already packed schedule. But, CLE credits are extremely valuable for keeping up with the law, networking with fellow attorneys, and getting invaluable advice on your current cases—not to mention that there are mandatory CLE requirements to consider.


It’s smart to be strategic about how you earn your CLE credits. Really think through what will make you a better lawyer, not just what will get you the credit you need. Diversifying the ways in which you get your credits is one way to make the process a little less tedious. As such, try these three ways to earn CLE credits.


Take on Pro Bono Cases

One way to earn CLE credit is to do pro bono work. Eleven states have adopted rules that allow attorneys to earn credit toward their mandatory CLE requirements by taking on pro bono cases. While the hours can vary, the American Bar Association says that on average, attorneys can claim three hours per year.


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Attend the Clio Cloud Conference

Another way to earn your CLE credit (in style) is to attend the Clio Cloud Conference. The conference allows you to connect with your network while providing you updates on what’s going on in the industry.

This is a fun way to get your credits, since you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy conference benefits like massage chairs and evening events, while earning up to twelve hours of CLE credit (depending on your state).


Earn Credits Your Way

Because each state has different requirements, it’s a good idea to view your state’s bar association website. You’ll find information about how you can earn your CLE credits in addition to other resources, such as hundreds of events, webinars, and online courses. Your state’s bar website will have additional details about your credit requirements, including the number of credits you need, the time required, and the date and location (if applicable).


You’ll also be able to peruse seminars you can take in your area. Courses often cover fun and interesting topics, like Stress Management for Lawyers or Gender Equality and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Life of a Trailblazer. These individual seminars allow you to plan your credits at your own pace, and you can even find self-study courses, which are perfect for busy lawyers. Some of these courses are webinars, meaning you can participate in them from the comfort of your own home, which is especially nice when travel isn’t doable.


Also try to connect with your local bar association by visiting or attending events in person. You can usually obtain more CLE credits this way, while interacting with fellow attorneys in your area and getting out of the office.



The bottom line: obtaining your CLE credits doesn’t have to be a headache. You can check them off your list while also meeting new people and attending fun events. Just remember to take what you’re learning seriously and apply it to your practice.