Because legal continuing professional education — usually referred to in the U.S. as “continuing legal education (CLE)” or “mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE)” (see, e.g., this map of state bar requirements from West LegalEdcenter), and in the U.K. as “continuing professional development (CPD)” (see, e.g., the Bar Standards Board regulations and the Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements) — involves many legal informatics issues and contexts — including legal publishing, legal education, legal professional development, legal ethics, legal information behavior, legal communication, legal technology, and legal social networks — this blog will occasionally comment on developments concerning CLE.
Of particular note in recent months is the use of social networks by CLE providers. Many CLE services and content creators are using social media to market their programs and connect with lawyers and other customers.
One way to gain a sense of how CLE providers and content creators are using social media is to peruse the lists — created by Tim Baran of uMCLE.com — of CLE community members who use Facebook or Twitter. Tim plans to add a LinkedIn list shortly.
Also of value would be a list of CLE providers who offer CLE programs on “closed” legal social networks — i.e., networks participation in which is restricted to particular groups of lawyers or other legal professionals — such as Legal OnRamp, Corporate Legal Exchange, and Martindale-Hubbell Connected.
Since CLE providers are both educational institutions and publishers, monitoring the CLE community’s use of social media is a useful way to gauge the role of social networks in legal education and legal publishing.