Posted by Robert Half Legal on Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 07:00 | Follow me
Whether you’re already a legal professional plying your trade, or a recent law school graduate applying for your first job at a firm, it’s essential to maintain a foothold in the industry’s shifting sands.
Carving out the time for mandatory continuing legal education (CLE), to keep your licensing and certifications current, can be challenging in and of itself. What’s a busy legal professional to do to increase their value to employers and gain an edge on the competition?
On-demand webinars can be a great tool for keeping up to date with current legal topics, and many of them come with the added bonus of CLE credit. Here’s our list of four must-see webinars providing insight into today’s most pressing legal matters.
According to the Robert Half Legal 2016 Salary Guide, intellectual property will be an in-demand practice area in the year ahead. As a result, firms will need legal professionals who are current on all the most relevant issues, such as protecting clients via solid licensing agreements. (Practical Law—the producer of this webinar—offers a free trial period in which you can make use of their resources, including on-demand webinars.)
2. Supreme Court Preview: 2015–16 Term
The rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court affect every aspect of our country’s legal proceedings. In this panel discussion, experts give insight and analyses regarding SCOTUS’s upcoming docket—including cases that could affect the regulatory climate in the energy industry and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). While the webinar took place September 21, 2015, it is available on demand until December 21, 2015.
According to research conducted for Robert Half Legal’s Future Law Office report, data privacy, compliance and eDiscovery remain front-burner issues for many law firms and corporate legal departments. This webinar will help you bolster your knowledge, so you can make certain your organization’s efforts are efficient and effective.
4. LinkedIn for Lawyers: Legal Ethics Compliance
This course is offered as a webinar through West LegalEdCenter (search for it using the title of the webinar) and is also available as a course book and audio recording from the National Business Institute.
Unsurprisingly, many legal professionals have LinkedIn profiles. The platform provides a means of networking with colleagues and prospective employers, participating in legal forums and generating awareness for new clients. But are you aware of the ethical risks associated with a LinkedIn profile? One legal association this year suggested that lawyers treat LinkedIn profiles as attorney advertising with requisite disclosures and ethical obligations.
The takeaway: you’ll want to factor in client confidentiality before your next posting.
It’s important to bear in mind that not all legal webinars carry equal benefit. Some may be help you earn CLE credits in your state, while others are simply a resource for keeping abreast of legal trends. If you’re looking to earn CLE credit, make certain to read the fine print before you sign on (or pay) to ensure your webinar is providing what you want and aligns with the requirements of your state bar association.
Have time and opportunity to attend a professional event? See our recommendations for the top CLE conferences for in-house counsel and law firm attorneys.