Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Professional Education (CPD) Accreditation
Knowledge Nomads has designed the academic content of this conference to appeal to lawyers from a wide range of jurisdictions, and to be able to count towards CLE/CPD requirements in a range of English-speaking jurisdictions.
We set out below notes concerning the CLE/CPD requirements for the jurisdictions from which we anticipate the bulk of our delegates will come. Knowledge Nomads does not guarantee that its programme will meet the requirements for CLE/CPD in every jurisdiction. Responsibility rests with each individual lawyer to check what is required in their specific circumstances.
Attendance records will be kept for each session and Knowledge Nomads will provide each delegate with a document listing the sessions attended after the conference has concluded. If your attendance record needs to contain specific information under your CLE/CPD rules, please let us know in advance.
Conference documentation will be provided to all delegates at the conference.
Delegates are asked to nominate their jurisdiction of admission at the time of registration. However, the fact that a delegate has informed Knowledge Nomads of the jurisdiction in which he/she is admitted does not mean that he/she is guaranteed to be able to claim CLE/CPD credit for some or all of the conference academic programme.
If you have any questions about CLE/CPD for this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for New York accreditation of this course is currently pending. It is anticipated that the academic content of the conference week will be approved by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 14 credit hours. None of these credit hours will satisfy the Ethics and Professionalism credit, or the Skills credit or Law Practice Management credit required for newly-admitted New York attorneys.
Knowledge Nomads has a financial aid policy to assist New York attorneys and other lawyers who are unemployed or have an annual income of less than $50,000 or equivalent. For further information, click here.
Other US States
Attorneys admitted in other US States which have mandatory CLE requirements may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission for this conference.
For example, California-admitted attorneys can claim credit for a New-York accredited programme if they are physically outside California when the course is undertaken. Credit for NY-accredited sessions can also be claimed by attorneys admitted in Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida and some other US states. If CLE credit is an essential prerequisite in your decision as to whether or not to attend the conference, please check the rules for your State of admission before registering. Knowledge Nomads does not guarantee that the academic programme will be CLE-eligible in whole or in part in any US jurisdiction.
ENGLAND & WALES
From 1 November 2016, solicitors admitted in England & Wales no longer need to count CPD hours and courses/providers no longer have to be CPD accredited. It is up to each individual solicitor to ensure their own ongoing competence, to identify their learning and development needs, address those needs, record and evaluate the steps they have undertaken, and make an annual declaration to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Many England & Wales-qualified solicitors may find that some or all of the academic content in this conference allows them to address learning and development needs they have identified for themselves.
ENGLAND & WALES
New CPD rules for barristers in England and Wales were introduced on 1 January 2017 by the Bar Standards Board. Barristers now have individual responsibility for deciding what training they require and there is no longer a requirement to complete accredited hours. Each barrister is required to set their own learning objectives. Many barristers may find that some or all of the academic sessions at this conference can be integrated into their personal CPD plan.
Since 2011, Scottish solicitors self-certify their CPD compliance. CPD is defined as “relevant education and study by a solicitor to develop his or her professional knowledge and abilities.” A minimum of 15 hours of “Verifiable CPD” must be undertaken per annum. Scottish solicitors who consider that some or all of the academic agenda for this conference have aims and outcomes relevant to their personal professional development should be able to count the relevant hours towards their Verifiable CPD requirement.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish solicitors who consider that some or all of the academic agenda for this conference is relevant to their practice either at the time it is undertaken or in the future may record this towards their “General CPD” hours as part of their overall CPD requirements, i.e. designed to improve the solicitor’s professional knowledge, skills and abilities, undertaken in the form of “Group Study”.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Knowledge Nomads believes that many or all of the sessions at this conference will meet the requirements for obtaining points under the NSW Bar Association CPD Policy. The NSW Bar Association no longer grants accreditation for CPD activity. NSW barristers should examine the programme and consider whether some or all of the sessions will be relevant to their immediate or long term needs in relation to their individual professional development as a barrister and practice of the law.
The NSW Law Society does not grant accreditation for seminars, conferences or other CPD activity. Under the MCLE/CPD Rules and Guidelines, if this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included, in the fields of “Substantive Law”.
On Knowledge Nomads’ reading of the rules, this conference meets the requirements for Victorian Barristers to obtain points in relation to their CPD requirements in the “Substantive Law” category.
Knowledge Nomads considers that this conference meets the requirements for obtaining units under the Law Institute of Victoria Continuing Professional Development Rules. Victorian-qualified solicitors should consider whether any or all of the sessions deal with matters related to their practice of law and extend their knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to their practice needs or professional development.
As per the communication distributed by the Bar Association of Queensland, barristers will need to determine themselves that the CPD activities they might wish to claim based on the agenda for this conference are relevant to their immediate or long term professional development needs and deal with matters related to the practice of law. Sessions at this conference would need to be counted towards the mandatory category of “Substantive Law”.
The Queensland CPD scheme for solicitors involves self-assessment, where solicitors must consider their specific requirements for professional development (whether technical legal knowledge, professional skills or other needs) and then decide whether the activity is suitable to allow them to develop the knowledge and/or skill to be applied in legal practice.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
ACT Barristers should assess whether some or all of the sessions at this conference are relevant to their practice of law as a barrister. Knowledge Nomads considers that any such sessions could be counted under the Substantive Law strand.
The ACT Law Society does not accredit providers or individual CPD events. Under the legal CPD Guidelines introduced by the ACT Law Society, a legal CPD activity must be of significant intellectual or practical content and must deal primarily with matters related to the practice of law; be conducted by persons who are qualified by practical or academic experience in the subject covered; seek to extend a practitioner’s knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to the practitioner’s practice needs. Some or all of the sessions at this conference may be able to be counted towards an ACT solicitor’s CPD requirements under Core Area 4 – Substantive Law.
In South Australia, it is a matter for each legal practitioner to choose the subject matter of each activity undertaken, as long as it qualifies as a CPD activity. Practitioners should consider whether any or all of the academic sessions at this conference are relevant to their immediate or long-term professional development needs. If that is so, then one or more sessions will be able to be counted towards annual CPD requirements.
In Western Australia the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia requires CPD providers to be an approved QA Provider in order to ordinarily provide CPD events. Knowledge Nomads does not at this time have that status. A Western Australian legal practitioner can apply themselves to have a CPD event which they have undertaken, or will undertake, approved as a CPD activity for that practitioner.
In Tasmania, CPD compliance is self-certified under the CPD Scheme. Legal Practitioners should consider whether some or all of the sessions on the conference agenda are relevant to their immediate or long-term professional development needs. If that is the case, then CPD credit can be claimed as points relating to Substantive Law.
In the Northern Territory, legal practitioners decide which activities satisfy their individual CPD requirements. Knowledge Nomads believes that some or all of the academic sessions at this conference could be counted towards annual NT CPD requirements under the heading of Substantive Law.