Monday, April 16, 2007

Mandatory CLE Planned for New Jersey

New Jersey is one of just a handful of states that do not require mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys (Massachusetts, sadly, is another). That may change because, absent a compelling case to the contrary, the New Jersey Supreme Court will begin requiring mandatory continuing legal education for its attorneys.
Retired Appellate Division Judge William Dreier, who chairs the board of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, says there have been six months of "rumblings" from the court about imposing mandatory CLE. He says most lawyers keep up with changes in the law and that MCLE would be good for "the sizeable minority that doesn't keep up."

This could assist paralegals solely working with New Jersey law to encourage their employers to send them to CLE seminars. After all, if the attorneys are now required to keep current on changes in the law, the paralegals should also be attending seminars.

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