NYSBA Bridging the Gap

Continuing Legal Education Program

The New York State Bar Association is pleased to offer newly admitted attorneys a two-day Bridging the Gap CLE program.  Transitional courses are designed to help newly admitted attorneys develop a foundation in the practical skills, techniques and procedures that are essential to the practice of law.

The Bridging the Gap continuing legal education program offers 16.0 total credits including 7.0 credits in areas of professional practice/law practice management, 6.0 skills and 3.0 ethics.

Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar.  The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries.  To receive credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings, or through attendance at fully interactive videoconferences that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

The NYSBA Bridging the Gap program is offered three times a year and offers special member and newly admitted attorney pricing.  The program is also approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  Uniform certificates of attendance can also be issued for other states.

Upcoming Bridging the Gap CLE Program Dates:

Bridging the Gap CLE
Thursday, August 27, 2015 & Friday, August 28, 2015
Co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section
The August 2015 program features a new agenda.

NYSBA Member - $420 | Non-Member - $695
Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys - $295*
*To receive this special rate, you MUST:
1. Be a recent grad or newly admitted attorney (admitted January 2013 or later)
2. Be a NYSBA member
3. Register by phone (online registration is NOT available for the special rate).
Call the State Bar Service Center at 800-582-2452 to register.


New York City | Live |
 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
CUNY Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, New York, NY 10016
(Historic B. Altman building; two blocks east of Penn Station)

 | Video Conference | 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
State Bar Center | 1 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

Buffalo | Video Conference | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Conference Center Niagara Falls | 101 Old Falls Street | Niagara Falls, NY 14303


Day One  Thursday, August 27, 2015
8.0 MCLE Credits | 3.5 areas of professional practice, 3.0 skills, 1.5 ethics

8:30 a.m.                 Registration

9:00 - 10:15             Handling a DWI Case in New York State

10:15 – 10:25          Break

10:25 – 11:15          Reviewing a Lease Agreement | Traps for the Unwary | Commercial Real Estate 101

11:15 – 12:30          The Attorney Grievance Process | Ethics Considerations for Lawyers

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.    Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.      Special Education Law 101 | School Law

2:20 – 2:30 p.m.      Break

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.      Negotiating a Separation Agreement in a Matrimonial Case in New York State

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.      New York Civil Practice and Procedure Update

Day Two – Friday, August 28, 2015
8.0 MCLE Credits | 3.5 areas of professional practice, 3.0 skills, 1.5 ethics

8:30 a.m.                 Registration

9:00 - 10:15             Estate Planning 101 | Drafting a Basic Will for a Client

10:15 – 10:25          Break

10:25 – 11:15          Litigating a Slip, Trip and Fall Case in New York State  

11:15 – 12:30 p.m.  Client Intake, Conflicts Checks, Letters of Engagement & Retainer Agreements | Ethics Considerations for Lawyers

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.    Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.      Applying the Rules of Evidence | Hearsay, Email, Business Records and Social Media

2:45 – 2:55 p.m.      Break

2:55 – 3:45 p.m.      Cybersecurity Concerns for Lawyers

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.      Suing or Defending a Municipality | An Overview of the Notice of Claim Form

Total Credits 16.0 MCLE Credits | 7.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 6.0 skills, 3.0 ethics

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