Friday, January 22, 2010

It's that time of year again.

I got my annual notice from the State Bar of Georgia reporting my Continuing Legal Education (CLE) status.

I'm ahead of the game, I only have to get 6.5 hours by the end of March to finish CLE - for last year. Then I have to get another 12 for this year; but, I'll worry about that next January.

I just spent some time on the CLE website. There's a problem when you've been doing this as long as I have. You run out of things to be educated about. I've taken pretty much every class there is that has anything to do with my practice. Every few years, I retake a class to see if there's anything new that I don't know about. (I am not willing to learn about criminal or divorce or bankruptcy (the debtor mostly stiffs the creditors) law.)

Remaining a lawyer is also getting more expensive. Bar dues are something like $400. The cost per hour of CLE seems to be going up. I just looked at one seminar that cost $175 for three hours of credit.

I wonder if I can apply for credit for the time I spend doing posts about law.


fermicat said...

I'm in a similar boat.

Now that I am board certified, I get to pay $2800 over ten years to that organization. Each year I have to take 25 CE credits, do 2 "self assessment modules", complete a project, and do a bunch of other things in order to maintain my certification. Oh yeah, and at the end of the ten years I get to take another test.

Dave said...

Oh my, I'm strangely glad to be a lawyer.