All practising members of the Society must complete and report at least 12 approved CPD hours by December 31 each year. Lawyers may claim up to 2 credits each year for self-study. The Society recommends that each member complete 50 hours of self-study each year. See the Rules on Mandatory Continuing Professional Development and the current Requirements for complete information.
What types of programs qualify for credit?
Lawyers may request approval for courses, online interative programs, writing, study groups, local bar and other meetings with an educational purpose, and for teaching. In order to qualify for credit, the subject matter must deal exclusively with substantive law, procedural law, professional ethics, practice management or lawyering skills. If a course or another type of activity includes subject matter that does not meet the requirements, only the portion of the activity that meets the subject matter requirements will qualify for accreditation.
What types of activities do not qualify for credit?
Activities that are focused on firm marketing and profit maximization will not be accredited.
Activities and topics focused primarily at clients and pro-bono activities will not qualify for credit.