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February 3, 2017

Why Wait? Meet Your Continuing Legal Education Requirements at No Cost

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Did you know the Washington State Bar Association delivers FREE CLEs to members?

Did you know the WSBA delivers FREE CLEs to WSBA Members?

A convenient and consistent way to earn free CLE credits is to attend our highly popular monthly Legal Lunchbox series. The Legal Lunchbox CLEs take place noon-1:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month via webcast, with the exception of August and December, when a recorded program is offered for viewing all month long. The programs are 1.5 hours long and provide a total of 18 free CLE credits to members annually. By taking the Legal Lunchbox classes, you can fulfill all of your MCLE requirements within a three year reporting period. Watch for eblasts which contain the registration links for the program. Two eblasts are sent to all WSBA members at four weeks and four days before the program delivery date. To receive these eblasts, please make sure you have not “opted-out” from email advertisements from WSBA. You can check by logging in to your MyWSBA account. As an added convenience, you don’t have to worry about reporting your credits after attending the Legal Lunchbox because WSBA will report them for you. Be sure to join the 1,500-plus WSBA members who log on every month to attend the Legal Lunchbox seminars. Recordings of past Legal Lunchboxes are available at a 50% discount.

In addition, WSBA provides two credit hours of free on-demand Diversity CLEs. Find them here. Be sure to self-report your credits through your MyWSBA account after viewing these on-demand CLEs.

WSBA Sections also offer free “Mini-CLEs” to members of their section. In 2016, WSBA Sections offered 12 free mini-CLE programs totaling 13.5 credits. Please contact your section chair for information about free Mini-CLEs.

In addition to the above free CLEs, which are available to all WSBA members, WSBA also provides over 60 total credits of free, on-demand CLEs to attorneys who volunteer with a qualified legal services provider. See our list of free CLE programs for legal service volunteers. To authenticate yourself as a volunteer with a qualified legal service provider, please email publicservice@wsba.org and we will confirm your status and provide the programs on the list at no cost. WSBA wants to reward you for your spirit of service so please take advantage of these free on-demand CLEs.

WSBA provides free CLE programming to all WSBA members annually through our Legal Lunchbox program, on-demand Diversity CLEs, and Section Mini-CLEs. The free CLE credits provided by WSBA are enough to satisfy the MCLE requirements of 45 credits every three years. WSBA also provides over 60 credits of free on-demand CLE programs to attorneys who volunteer with a Qualified Legal Service Provider.

We encourage all WSBA members to take advantage of these free CLE opportunities!

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