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CLE is mandatory for all lawyers - Barristers and Solicitors - and is commonly referred to as CPD (Continuing Professional Development).
CPD compliance is an obligation under the Code of Conduct (para. 202(b)).
For newly qualified practitioners (first 3 years of practice): 45 credits per year, including at least 9 credits of Advocacy Training and 3 credits of Ethics (the “New Practitioners’ Programme”).
For all barristers: 12 credits per year (the “Established Practitioners’ Programme”). 90 credits in a 3-year period.
All solicitors and registered European lawyers who are in legal practice or employment in England & Wales, and work 32 hours or more per week, are required to complete a minimum of 16 credits per year and register their CPD with the Law Society of England & Wales.
Since 2010, ECCLE has operated educational programs designed to attract lawyers, trainees, accountants & judges from all around Europe and elsewhere. Programs typically combine legal training in major areas of the law & business (International contracts, International Extradition and the EAW, EU Law & Human Rights, Finance & Accounting) with the advancement of "Legal & Business English" skills.
Skill-based Training for European Professionals
"LEARNING BY DOING"
ECCLE's innovative training is designed to actively engage participants in simulations, oral arguments, drafting exercises, sharing of professional experiences, with a view to support their legal & business skills.
The programs of ECCLE include advanced seminars, study visits and summer intensive programs
Enrolment is usually limited to 25-30 participants to maximise the learning experience
A list of the programs available in 2016 is provided below.
OXFORD (UK) Summer program in Legal & Business Practice (2017-VII edition)
OXFORD (UK) Advanced seminar in International Extradition and EAW (II edition - 2017)
PHILADELPHIA & NYC (USA) - Study visit & observation of jury trials (2017 - V edition)
ATHENS - Special event on Evidence in Philosophy, Science and the Law (held in 2013)
PARMA (ITALY) Summer Seminar in Current Developments in European Law (run until 2012, 6 editions)
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