So – you’ve found an awesome course that you’d love to take, but for whatever reason you’re not going to get CLE points for it. Is it worth doing?
If you’re not convinced, here are some more reasons.
Constant Learning is Critical – Irrespective of CLE Points
It shouldn’t be hard for any dedicated learning to clock up the necessary number of continuing legal education points that are required.
So if you get all your points in the first week of your CPD year, what are you going to do then? Give up learning? Do nothing?
I hope not.
Law is a complicated enough profession without individuals who are dedicated to constant, incremental and meaningful learning.
Getting CLE points shouldn’t be a primary concern – it should be a side-effect of a professional who is devoted to improvement.
Continuing Legal Education Should be an Attitude, Not an Activity
If you view CLE as an activity only (as in “I’ve got to do some CLE now”) then I think you’re on the wrong end of the learning spectrum.
I get it – compulsory CLE is a drag, and often the CLE that you’re doing isn’t what you might otherwise choose – but a little tweak to your attitude can make a big difference to how much you get out of your CLE activities.
Instead of the story in your head being “great I’ve got to waste another lunchtime on this irrelevant drivel” what if you changed it to “awesome I can learn something today from another expert”.
If you go looking for boredom, you’ll find it easily enough.
If you look for amazing information that you can implement in your own practice – you’ll find that too.
The Habit of Learning Causes Amazing Results
Here’s the truth – adopting a habit of being teachable, constantly recognising areas where you can improve and then doing something about them – is an exceptional habit to develop.
I’ve been in the legal profession for over 15 years – and I’m just scraping the surface of the things that I don’t know, can’t do or wouldn’t have thought of.
Every day I see brilliant practitioners from all around the world doing things, saying things, thinking in ways that make my ears prick up and my brain start working – how can I do this, work with this, use this?
If you can do the same with your own habits, starting earlier in your career – you’ll be astonished just how far you can go.
So next time you get an opportunity to learn – do it! The CLE points just aren’t that relevant.