I know this is dating myself, but Illinois had no continuing legal education requirements when I started my young career. What’s worse, by the time the state started requiring CLE hours to keep your license, courses were hard to come by.
To obtain these necessary credits, I would have to attend hours-long lectures in auditoriums jammed with others trying to acquire the same certifications I needed, sometimes after traveling great distances to get there. Sometimes I’d have to spend five or six hours of my day just to acquire three hours towards my MCLE. The idea of online courses, when the Internet did become a driving force in our lives, were even harder to locate.
Our firm also put on CLE events for lawyers who referred business to the firm. These also were time intensive. Getting commitments from firm lawyers to speak was difficult. Last minute speaker cancellations happened all of the time.
As time progressed, and we became more accustomed to emails, social media and more, I began working with my firm’s partners to create our own CLE webinars. This allowed me to get to know firm partners better but designing and launching these classes took a lot of work. Throw in technological problems and things would just be cumbersome.
Thank goodness the landscape has changed. I can now fulfill my CLE requirements while sitting at home or in the office while enjoying a cup of coffee. If a meeting comes up, I can stop the class and resume where I picked up later in the day or sometime that evening. No more travel. No more wasted time between sessions. No more CDs or DVDs with forms to keep track of to submit to the state. And, with online platforms become more user-friendly, I don’t worry about webinar glitches or technical hiccups to get in the way.
This is part of the reason why I developed this new Online Rainmaker Program to help younger attorneys learn how to grow their own practice while earning CLE hours at their convenience. I don’t know of many lawyers who enjoy driving a few hours to take a class or missing out on billable hours because of a hours-long lecture.
To avoid those hassles, visit my Online Rainmaker Program page, which describes how to get 10 hours of CLE for your renewal.