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Law School Education and Liberal CLE

20 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2011  

Jay Conison

Charlotte School of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2005


By “liberal CLE” one means continuing legal education directed toward personal and intellectual broadening. Liberal CLE can compensate for the specialized character of law school education. It can also: (a) support important roles of lawyers not fully served through law school education; (b) support professional work of lawyers based in training received in law school; and (c) promote important professional values or support important non-professional activities. Liberal CLE, so designed, would advance the purposes of continuing legal education and help it contribute more effectively to a full and integrated system of lifelong education for lawyers. Continuing legal education, so broadened, would more fully and effectively support the professional work of lawyers and law school graduates, promote competence, and facilitate professional mobility.

Keywords: Law school, legal education, continuing legal education, liberal education, continuing professional education

Suggested Citation

Conison, Jay, Law School Education and Liberal CLE (October 1, 2005). Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 325, 2006. Available at SSRN:

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Charlotte School of Law ( email )

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Charlotte, NC 28244
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