Practising Law Institute (PLI), a leader in continuing education for the legal community, has launched a valuable resource for paralegals and legal assistants. PLI’s new Paralegal Center was created to meet the overwhelming demand for training resources tailored to these professionals, allowing them to earn compliance (CLE) credits while building their knowledge and skills.
The Paralegal Center includes hundreds of hours of industry-standard training focused on professional development and skills, with accredited programs spanning 33 practice areas at Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Like most of PLI’s offerings, these programs are available to stream on-demand.
PLI Privileged Members enjoy unlimited access to all Paralegal Center programs as well as PLI’s full roster of professional development resources.
New Paralegal Center content will be added regularly, beginning with Legal Ethics for Paralegals 2021, available now. Featuring a team of experienced legal professionals from Dykema, this program covers legal ethics applicable to paralegals in all settings, including private practice, corporations, public service and/or governmental agencies, offering insights on how to navigate what can be a confusing system of overlapping rules. Specific topics covered include: the ABA definition of a paralegal and recent changes; regulations that govern a paralegal’s work, both from the ABA Model Rules and state rules of conduct; and professional organizations for paralegals and their corresponding ethical obligations.
“Recognizing the vital role that paralegals and legal assistants play at law firms and legal departments of all sizes, we drew on PLI’s decades of experience developing accredited compliance offerings to create a resource tailored for these professionals,” says PLI Interim President Craig Miller. “We’re proud to add the PLI Paralegal Center to our robust accreditation resources for the legal industry, including programs for attorneys, human resources specialists, professional development departments, and privacy officers.”
“PLI strives to be an all-inclusive provider for our Privileged Members,” says Kirsten Talmage, PLI’s Senior Director, Product Strategy and Development, who led the development of the Paralegal Center. “The addition of paralegal CLE content will further provide legal team members in firms and organizations with the training, education, and compliance resources they need to more effectively do their work and advance in their careers.”