Many state and local bar associations, law schools, and organizations offer continuing legal education (CLE) courses – in-person and online, live and on-demand – to their members. Attorneys can also attend or view programs from national CLE providers, some of whom partner with the aforementioned associations. Here are the top national CLE providers with well stocked libraries of quality offerings.
West LegalEdcenter – Launched in 2001, West LegalEdcenter offers nearly 6,000 CLE programs for large firms, corporations, solo practitioners and paralegals.
Lawline – Established in 1999, Lawline offers over 1,500 hours of CLE.
Practicing Law Institute – With more than 3 million registrations and publications purchased over its 75+ years, PLI has been at it for a long time. Popular with large law firms.
National Business Institute – NBI has been offering live, in-person seminars and online courses since 1983. They hold thousands of programs in cities across the country and over the internet each year.
CLECenter.com – A division of venerable ALM Media, CLECenter.com boasts a catalog of over 800 online courses.
Attorney Credits – This provider’s trademarked “CLE Your Way™” lets attorneys choose the media and verification options approved by their state bar – from online streaming video and audio, CD and DVD to MP3 and video downloads.
Law Prose – Courses on legal writing, editing, and drafting by Bryan A. Garner, editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary and the author of many leading works on legal style.
myLawCLE – Offers live video broadcasts and on-demand courses.
ALI CLE – Formerly partnered with the ABA (ALI-ABA) since 1947 to offer on-demand and in-person CLE courses, the American Law Institute went their own way in 2012.
Sterling Education Services – Offering live, in-person courses in local communities since 1983 so attorneys learn what they need to know from people they know and respect.
National Academy of Continuing Legal Education – Offers live seminars and online courses.
These companies are among the most popular CLE providers and many have been around for a long time. Not on the list and should be? Let us know in the comments below and I’ll update the list. I’m also interested in hearing from new, smaller outfits who are catering to niche practices, with unique topics, and innovative formats.