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Free App Offers iPhone CLE Courses With Built-In Verification

Posted Dec 15, 2009 2:10 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Lawyers looking for continuing legal education credit can download a new app that allows them to find courses, listen to audio programs and access materials on their iPhone and iPod touch.

Users can set up a free account at West LegalEdcenter to buy programs that can be downloaded using the free app, known as CLE Mobile, according to a Thomson Reuters press release. More than 2,000 audio courses are available.

But don’t think that you can get credit just by downloading CLE programs. The app tracks and ensures that the program has played, and randomly verifies interaction in states that require the feature, according to West LegalEdcenter accreditation manager Gina Roers, writing at the center’s CLE Mobile blog. To verify attendance, a bell sounds during the program, and the lawyer has to tap “verify,” according to a CLE Mobile reference guide (PDF).

When lawyers complete the programs, they can use the app to request CLE credit.

A YouTube video shows a lawyer using the program while riding a train, at a coffeeshop and while taking a walk. The app is available from the App Store.

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