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Rutgers Law Schools Help Meet Need for Mandatory Continuing Education Credits for New Jersey Attorneys

November 03, 2010 – 

With continuing legal education now required for lawyers licensed in New Jersey, Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers School of Law–Camden are offering high-quality, reasonably-priced legal education to members of the State Bar.

Launched at the Rutgers–Newark law school in Fall 2009, the Institute for Professional Education (IPE) offers a variety of competitively-priced program formats, including seminars and workshops for attorneys, and in-house courses for law firms. Beginning in December, programs will also be offered at the Rutgers–Camden law school.

“We recognize the spirit of the Supreme Court’s mandate that New Jersey attorneys should take advantage of educational opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills, as well as share best practices and new approaches. IPE was established to offer premier skills training and legal education,” said Rutgers–Newark Law School Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. “Building on our expertise in legal education, Rutgers Law Schools are uniquely qualified to provide the best legal training available in the state to members of the Bar.”

According to regulations which took effect in January 2010, every licensed New Jersey attorney must complete 24 credit hours of continuing legal education every two years. At least four of those 24 credits must be in ethics and/or professionalism.

Of particular interest are the two to four-hour IPE programs on issues in areas of substantive law and ethics, as well as day-long or multi-day practical skills workshops such as trial advocacy, deposition skills, and negotiation skills. 

“As IPE enters its second year, New Jersey attorneys can look forward to an even more robust selection of seminars, skills workshops, and programs on substantive legal issues to help them satisfy their continuing education credit requirements,” said Rutgers–Camden Law School Dean Rayman Solomon.

Andrew Rossner, Associate Dean for Professional Education at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, directs the CLE program at the two Rutgers’ law schools.