Continuing Legal Education and Professional Development in Legal Professions
Continuing legal education, or CLE, is additional professional training and education that attorneys complete after initially passing the bar exam for their state. Different states and jurisdictions have different requirements for continuing legal education. Some schools or individuals may use the term CLE to refer to any education obtained after graduation.
Continuing legal education (CLE) and continuing professional development (CPD) are often synonymous, with CLE being more commonly used in the United States and CPD being used in places such as Singapore, Canada, and Australia. Certain organizations and employers within the United States may use the term CPD, when referring to continuing legal education.
CLE and CPD in the legal field are designed for attorneys who need to maintain their license, as well as other legal professionals such as paralegals and legal assistants who want to improve upon their professional skills.
Value of Continuing Legal Education and Professional Development
Credit Trainings and Degree Programs for Legal Professionals
Washington College of Law
Master of Legal Studies
- Complete in as few as 12 months
- No GRE/LSAT scores required to apply
- Four tracks available: General MLS, Business, Health Care Compliance, and Technology
- Three certificates available: Business, Health Care Compliance, and Technology
Professional Certifications for Non-Lawyers
Online Courses and Trainings for Legal Professionals