Legal Education

Boston College Continuing Education offers a series of pre-recorded courses online in various aspects of legal education. Courses are taught by expert Boston College Law School professors and include lectures with visual materials, handouts, readings, and quizzes.

The Legal Education courses are targeted toward international law students and lawyers, those interested in the legal profession, and lawyers as a refresher.

The Continuing Legal Education courses are geared toward lawyers looking to earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits to maintain their license. Courses are approved for CLE credit in CA, CT, FL, NJ, and NY. Reporting requirements vary by state and we recommend that you check with your state’s bar association for their guidelines on reporting requirements.


Legal Education Courses

Course Details

Introduction to Transactional Law Practice

Instructor: Paul R. Tremblay, Clinical Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

Most lawyers in the United States engage in transactional practice. Unlike litigators who represent clients in court or administrative hearings, lawyers work with individuals or businesses to arrange their affairs, establish legal and organizational structures, and advise about compliance. This introduction will focus on one increasingly relevant aspect of that work—representing startups. The course will outline the typical steps in organizing a new business, including choosing an appropriate entity, arranging the relationships among the founders and any new investors or workers, protecting the enterprise’s intellectual property, and addressing any ethical issues that arise.

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Introduction to Evidence

Instructor: Jeffrey Cohen, Associate Professor of the Practice, Boston College Law School

Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

U.S. judges use rules of evidence to control the flow of information that a jury is allowed to hear. Evidentiary rules seek to balance access to relevant information with a desire to avoid evidence that is unreliable, inflammatory, or repetitive. This course will explore the reasons for Rules of Evidence and cover some of the major topics, including relevance and hearsay.

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Introduction to Appellate Litigation

Instructor: Thomas Barnico, Adjunct Professor, Boston College Law School

Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

This course will introduce the student to appellate litigation in the United States. We will cover the organization and jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, including the considerations that inform Supreme Court review of lower federal and state court decisions. The course will next cover the key elements of appellate litigation: the decision to appeal, preparation of the briefs and record, and oral argument. Finally, we will study a case argued by the instructor and decided in the United States Supreme Court, Crosby v. National Foreign Trade Council, 530 U.S. 363 (2000) (striking down Massachusetts law restricting state entities from buying goods or services from companies doing business with Myanmar (Burma)).

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Environmental Law and Its Lessons for Future Governance

Instructor: Zygmunt Plater, Professor, Boston College Law School

 

Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

Environmental protection law is a relatively young sector of law in the U.S. and abroad; however, patterns and frameworks have evolved that illuminate major themes and necessities of long-term societal governance and sustainability. Environmental protection law is one of the only areas of the U.S. legal system that explicitly takes into account the needs of future generations in establishing its regulatory standards. In this course, we will explore some of the specific features of U.S. environmental law that have direct relevance in other national systems, as well as its general thematic features, which are relevant in virtually all modern national states.

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

A Mindfulness Break for Lawyers

Instructor: Filippa Anzalone, Professor and Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services, Boston College Law School

No Fee

Course Description:

Lawyers are busy people and the practice of law is a deadline-driven profession that requires critical thinking and emotional intelligence. Because of the profession’s demands, attorneys are often driven to perfectionism and judgmental habits of mind. One of the side effects of being in a stressful legal job is that practitioners often experience higher levels of depression than the general population. The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being’s 2017 report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, called on the legal profession and academy to do more to alleviate the alarming levels of substance abuse, addiction, and mental-health issues among attorneys.

This short course on mindfulness will introduce you to the concept of mindfulness, which is intentionally staying in the present moment without judgment. The time you spend on the course will help you to explore ways that mindfulness can help you to be a healthier and more successful lawyer. This course is the first step toward breaking the dysfunctional stress/reactor loop to which lawyers so often fall prey.

Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes


CLE Courses

Course Details

An Introduction to Business Ethics in Law

Instructor: Paul R. Tremblay, Clinical Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

Course Fee: $30
CLE Credits: 0.5

Course Description:

This course uses video, PowerPoint slides, and interactive devices to explore four or five of the most common ethical issues that arise when a lawyer has an organization as a client. The topics include:

  • Recognizing the actual client to whom the lawyer owes her duties
  • Confidentiality and privilege in communications within the organization
  • Reporting duties within and outside the organization
  • Permissible contact with constituents of organizations in adversary circumstances
  • Multijurisdictional practice.

The video presentation offers selected vignettes that trigger the questions needing to be addressed. Participants will have the opportunity to choose a correct response from a menu of multiple-choice answers to the questions posed, and the program and the faculty narrator will explain the correct—or the best available—response. The course relies on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.


Learning Objectives:

  • To highlight and then explain several common legal ethics issues that arise when representing businesses, especially in transactional practice but also in litigation.
  • Participants will recognize several ethical challenges that accompany organizational recognition, and understand how to respond to them.

Estimated time to complete: 35 minutes
 

Ethics in Social Media

Instructor: Alexis Anderson (deceased), JD, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

Course Fee: $40
CLE Credits: 0.75

Course Description:

This ethics primer is designed to assist lawyers in using social media responsibly. Navigating social media's ethical minefield can be tricky; this lesson will help attorneys embrace the use of social media. From blogging to sleuthing, we will explore the benefits and challenges inherent in social media and describe best practices. Participants can assess their mastery of the material through frequent self-checks designed to allow lawyers to apply the concepts to real life situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • To recognize the ethical issues inherent in use of social media and analyze them appropriately.
  • To assist practitioners in balancing the benefits of social media against a client’s expectation of privacy.
  • To provide guidance on attorneys’ use of social media for fact gathering.
  • To provide guidance on lawyers’ use of social media for marketing.
  • To assess critically the underlying policies behind the ethical rules.

Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes
 


Course Pricing


General Admission

General Admission for each online course is as follows:

Legal Education Courses: $50

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Courses:

1 CLE = $55
0.75 CLE = $40
0.5 CLE = $30

 

General Information:

You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Legal Education courses. All sales are final; we are not able to offer refunds. Registrations may not be transferred to another person or to another course, workshop, or program.

Online registration is required to participate in a course. Tuition for each course is to be paid by debit or credit card. Registrations will be processed upon receipt of payment. Payment is due in full in order to enroll.

The Continuing Legal Education courses are approved for continuing legal education (CLE) credit in CA, CT, FL, NJ, and NY. See specific details on the number of CLE credits in the description for each course. Reporting requirements vary by state and we recommend that you check with your state's bar association for their guidelines on reporting requirements.