Paralegal Education - Enhancing Your Skills

What is CLE and why do I need it?

CLE is Continuing Legal Education. CLE encompasses programs designed for legal professionals, covering topics in substantive areas of law; technology programs used specifically by legal practitioners, such as legal research programs; education on programs designed to assist legal professionals, such as document manage;, as well as the basics such as research, court rules and updates, recent legal decisions, writing skills and ethics. Nearly every continuing education program designed for an attorney can be taken by a paralegal, with the possible exception of topics limited to licensed attorneys, such as “How to Cross Examine a Hostile Witness”, although such topics are often of interest to senior paralegals who assist at trial.

The law is an ever evolving being – it is not just what is written in a book, but what is decided by the highest courts today and tomorrow. What was good law one day, may not be so tomorrow. So too is the ever evolving world of technology as it effects the practice of law. Thus, to keep abreast of what is new, paralegals need to take CLE. It makes you a better paralegal and a more valuable asset to your firm or legal department.


Unlimited On-Demand from over 475 CLE accredited courses for $799.  View the flyer for details.

Lorman Education Services

NFPA Members enjoy a 20% discount on both CLE and bookstore items as well as special pricing on the Lorman All-Access Pass. Details on this special offer can be found in the Members Only menu under Member Benefits.

Advanced Specialty Courses by API

API currently offers five (5) advanced specialty certificates: Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) , Corporate Law, Elder Law; Intellectual Property; and Foreclosure and Creditor/Debtor Law. All courses are at the graduate level and were developed by experts in each field of law.  For more information, and/or to register, click here.

Recorded Webinars Hosted by NFPA

Starting in February of 2013, NFPA has been hosting low-cost webinars on a variety of topics relevant to the paralegal profession.  Most presentations are made available as recorded webcasts shortly after their live presentation.  These recordings, like the live versions, are NFPA Approved CLE.  Read more, and order them, on their detail page.  See our home page or the events calendar for upcoming webinars.  Have a topic you would like to see us cover?  Suggest it!

CLE Providers seeking NFPA Approval of their CLE
NFPA does not recommend particular CLE programs, however NFPA does accept CLE Certificates for continuing legal education (CLE) pre-approved by the following organizations:

  • NFPA
  • An NFPA‐member association
  • Bar associations (ABA, ATLA, local bar associations)
  • Any court within the US
  • Inns of Court
  • A military JAG School or military paralegal program
  • NALA

CLE Provider Approvals

NFPA Member Associations who wish to advertise their NFPA-Approved CLE credit events (not just have them be pre-approved), please apply here.
All other CLE providers, who wish to have their CLE events approved and be able advertise NFPA-Approved CLE credit, please apply here.

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