American Law Institute (ALI)
American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) is a non-profit organization and premier national provider of CLE since 1947. ALI CLE offers an array of legal seminars featuring the country’s leading law practitioners, law professors, government regulators, and industry experts. These professionals provide insights, clarify relevant case law and legislation, and offer practical strategies to help lawyers serve their clients’ needs with superior counsel. ALI CLE programming is available in a variety of formats, including in-person conferences, live streaming webcasts, and on-demand programs. Additionally, ALI CLE offers lawyers access to its programming and materials in a cost-effective way via LawPass. LawPass is a subscription service that maximizes efficiency and minimizes the expense of obtaining CLE credits.
ALI-ABA: A History of Providing Continuing Legal Education of the Highest Quality
In 1947, the American Bar Association (ABA) asked the American Law Institute to undertake the first national program of post-admission legal education. The need to refresh returning WWII lawyer-veterans on the law underscored the importance of continuing education to all lawyers. ALI accepted the challenge, and the two organizations formed a committee denominated as American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) to begin the work.
The mission of this new, national continuing legal education (CLE) venture was to educate the bar in general, to work with state and local bar groups to meet lawyers' CLE needs, and to assist in establishing organizations that would develop their own CLE programs.
In the early years, ALI-ABA produced hundreds of live programs, and by 1958 brought CLE to communities in 44 states. ALI-ABA's publications also flourished during this time and included the creation of handbooks spanning a range of subject areas. Ultimately, ALI-ABA became renowned for its extensive programming in practice areas including business/corporate, employee benefits, employment, environmental, estate planning, and real estate/land use law, as well as in ethics, skills and law practice.
Over the years, ALI-ABA embraced new technologies and pioneered the delivery of CLE via satellite TV to a network of sites throughout the country hosted by state and local bar associations, law schools, and law firms. More recently, ALI-ABA added MP3 downloads to its delivery media that included live webcasts, online courses, on-demand electronic publications, DVDs, and telephone seminars. In addition to its national curriculum, ALI-ABA offered consulting, training, and accreditation assistance to law firms, corporate law departments, and government agencies for their in-house professional development programs. In 2010, ALI-ABA introduced the Knowledge Portal, a subscription-based, online legal content, research, and education resource designed to help attorneys balance their professional careers and become more efficient in their everyday practice.
ALI CLE: A New Chapter in Continuing Legal Education
On April 30, 2012, by mutual agreement, the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute chose to move forward separately in their CLE efforts, with the abundant intellectual content and cutting-edge technology of ALI-ABA being absorbed into the CLE group of ALI. Today, the thousands of prominent lawyers, judges, and legal academics in the United States and abroad who taught and wrote for ALI-ABA continue to do so for ALI CLE.
The American Law Institute continuing legal education group remains committed to the work of promoting continuing professional education for lawyers throughout the United States and to creating standards to ensure quality and relevance in CLE programs. As ALI-ABA did for nearly 65 years, ALI CLE continues to evolve to meet the needs of the legal profession, furthering a tradition of unparalleled service to lawyers.