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.

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 skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings, or through attendance at fully interactive video conferences 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 New York State Bar Association 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.

Bridging the Gap March 2017:

Earn 16.0 MCLE credits by attending this two-day program.
Recent Graduates and Newly Admitted Attorneys | This program will satisfy your annual MCLE requirement and carries 7.0 credits.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
8.0 MCLE Credits 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
8.0 MCLE Credits 

Program faculty will speak from the New York City location and will be broadcast live to other locations in an interactive video conference format, allowing “real time” interaction between all locations. This program is approved for MCLE credit for newly admitted attorneys in all locations, regardless of format. 

New York City Live Location and Webcast
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)
* Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive skills credits for attending the Webcast, and can only receive ethics credits if they watch the Webcast live.  Professional practice credits can be obtained in any format, including the archived webcast.

Albany | Live Video Conference
State Bar Center | 1 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

Buffalo  | Live Video Conference
Adam's Mark Hotel | 120 Church Street | Buffalo, NY 14202

bridging the gap program brochure

Program brochure and faculty - Coming Soon!
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Program Agenda Topics:

  • Basics of Vehicle and Traffic Law in NYS
  • Advising the Small Business Owner on Employee Handbooks, Commercial Leasing and Financing 
  • Elder Law 101 | Client Counseling | Medicare and Medicaid Applications 
  • Medical Malpractice | Cross Examination of an Expert Witness
  • Products Liability 101 
  • Key Tips for New Attorneys Breaking into the Field of Sports Management
  • Ethical Considerations in Representing Entrepreneurs 
  • Trying Cases: Understanding the Mindset and Trial Platform Needed to Win
  • What New Attorneys Need to Know about Marketing, Social Media, Attorney Advertising & Recent Ethics Opinions
  • Collection Law 101
  • Landlord Tenant Practice in New York State
  • Municipal Law 101 

Click Here to view the full Program Agenda. 

What attendees have said about Bridging the Gap:
"You've done a wonderful, first rate job in presenting these necessary materials."
"Wonderful, moving presentations; good information for new attorneys!"
"This program is well organized and provides great exposure to different areas of law that I did not know anything about."
"All the speakers were concise, well versed in their area of expertise and offered great information."
"Really excellent speakers and information, highly applicable to real life."
"Enjoyed the content. Speakers were knowledgeable and engaging."
"All the presentations were clear and well thought out."

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NYC Live Program | Albany | Buffalo 

Day One | 8.0 MCLE Credits

Day Two | 8.0 MCLE Credits

Total Credits | 16.0 MCLE Credits

This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

$295 Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys
NYSBA Members - $420 | Non-Members - $695

Please Note:
•  CLE seminar coupons and complimentary passes cannot be used for this program.
•  This program sells out.  Register early to guarantee your seat.   
•  Registration canceled less than three days from the program date will be assessed a $25.00 cancellation fee. 

To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.

Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys - $295*
*To receive this special rate, you MUST:
1. Be a recent grad or newly admitted attorney (admitted June 2014 or later)
2. Be a NYSBA member
3. Register by phone by calling the State Bar Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 to register.
4. Register online for New York CityAlbany, BuffaloBostonor the Webcast

Thank you to our following sponsors:


Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Law Practice Management Committee
15 Sections of the New York State Bar Association.

Co-sponsoring Sections:

Learn more about getting involved in the following sections: 
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
Criminal Justice Section
Elder Law and Special Needs Section
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Family Law Section
General Practice Section
Judicial Section
Labor and Employment Law Section
Real Property Law Section
Senior Lawyers Section
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
Trusts and Estates Law Section
Young Lawyers Section

Association Co-Sponsors:
Albany County Bar Association
Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association
Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association
Caribbean Attorneys Network
Dominican Bar Association
Metropolitan Black Bar Association
Mount Vernon Bar Association
New York Women's Bar Association
Nassau County Women's Bar Association
Saratoga County Bar Association
Schenectady County Bar Association
The LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York
Yonkers Lawyers Association

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