Bridging the Gap

NYSBA Bridging the Gap
Continuing Legal Education Program

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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 can satisfy all of their annual MCLE requirements by attending this two-day program which is ideal for “bridging the gap” between law school and the realities of practicing law in New York State. Experienced attorneys who have an interest in other areas of practice can also attend and benefit from this program by learning practical information from skilled and experienced practitioners.  

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 conference locations 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 | Summer 2018    

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! Newly admitted attorneys must attend in person to receive skills credits. Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive skills credits by participating in the webcast. For further information on the CLE rules and requirements for newly admitted attorneys please visit www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.  Learn more about this program here.

Bridging the Gap | Buffalo
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Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst | 5020 Main St | Amherst, NY

Bridging the Gap | New York City
Program Agenda | Program Brochure | Faculty Biographies
Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hotel Pennsylvania | 401 7th Ave | NYC

Bridging the Gap | Albany & Webcast
Program Agenda | Program Brochure | Faculty Biographies
Thursday, September 6, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 7, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
New York State Bar Association | One Elk Street | Albany, NY

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Topics to be discussed:

Topics will vary based on program location

> Practical and Procedural Aspects of Judgment Enforcement and an Overview of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
> Basics of Intellectual Property Law | What All Lawyers Should Know about IP, Copyright and Trademarks in Advising Clients
> New York CPLR Update
> Mortgage Financing
> Lawyer Assistance Program | Stress, Alcohol and Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
> How to Handle a Custody Case in Family Court
> All Things Social Media: Advertising, Advising, Analyzing & Winning Efficiently and Ethically
> Taking, Perfecting and Arguing an Appeal | Key Appellate Practice Skills for New Attorneys
> Risk Management and Professional Liability Insurance Considerations for Lawyers
> Automobile Litigation
> Employment Law 101
> Basics of Commercial Leasing
> Drafting Contracts
> Reading Personal Tax Returns and Imputed Income Reviewing
> Bail Reform, Raise the Age and Indigent Defense
> Cannabis Law Update
> Crowdfunding | What New Lawyers Need to Know When Advising Clients


Thank you to our following sponsors:

Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Law Practice Management Committee
Young Lawyers Section


Co-sponsoring Sections

Learn more about getting involved in the following sections: 
Antitrust Law Section
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
Dispute Resolution Section
Elder Law and Special Needs
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Environmental Law Section 
Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section
Family Law Section
General Practice Section  
Health Law Section
Intellectual Property Law Section

Real Property Law Section
Senior Lawyers Section  
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
Trial Lawyers Law Section
Trust and Estates Law Section


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Become the voice of newly-admitted and young attorneys in NYSBA. Designed to help make the transition from law school to practice an easier one for newly-admitted attorneys, the Young Lawyers Section connects you with experienced attorneys lending general advice, legal guidance, or expert opinions. Take advantage of educational programs, networking events, and the exclusive Young Lawyers Section Mentor Directory, just one of the Section's mentoring initiatives.

Learn More about these programs and the Young Lawyers Section at nysba.org/YLS 


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