Continuing legal education (also known as mandatory or minimum continuing legal education) is professional education for attorneys that is often required after their admission into a state bar. This webpage only applies to active attorneys who are attending Boot Camp (if you are not an attorney, you do not need to worry about CLE).
ELI CLE Policy (Please Read, As This Has Been Recently Revised)
While Boot Camp is designed as an opportunity for attorneys to participate in about twenty hours of continuing legal education, ELI makes no guarantee that the course will be accredited for CLE in any particular state. Due to ELI’s staffing and current capacity, we are limiting the states in which we will apply for CLE accreditation for 2023’s Western Boot Camp. We will only be applying for CLE accreditation for the program in the states of California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Additionally, we are an accredited CLE provider in Vermont and Pennsylvania, so the course is automatically approved for CLE credit in those states. ELI will not be applying for CLE accreditation in any other states for the 19th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law.
Many states offer reciprocity with the states in which we are pre-approved or in which we are seeking CLE approval. Please check to see if your state offers CLE reciprocity with Vermont or Pennsylvania. If your state offers CLE reciprocity, you may be able to automatically receive CLE credit without filling out an application. Additionally, several states do not require CLE at all. Please also check to make sure your state requires you to take continuing legal education courses to maintain your bar membership.
- According to ELI’s research, members of the Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Wisconsin Bars may be able to claim CLE credit for attendance, as the course has been accredited by another mandatory CLE jurisdiction.*
- According to ELI’s research, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and South Dakota Bars currently do not have mandatory continuing legal education requirements.*
*Please double check on your own to see if your state requires CLE or offers CLE reciprocity. State CLE policies change frequently, and ELI cannot guarantee that a state has not changed its policy since we conducted our research.
If your state requires CLE, we did not apply for CLE accreditation in your state, and your state does not offer CLE reciprocity with Vermont or Pennsylvania, you will need to apply individually with your state bar to receive CLE credit for this course. The applications are typically short and require a minimal fee. Please check before you register for Boot Camp to ensure that you will be able to submit an individual attorney application in your state and that you understand the application process and deadlines.
- By the first day of Western Boot Camp, ELI will provide you with a timed agenda, faculty biographies, a course description, written materials, and a course evaluation. These are usually the only materials you will need (along with your Certificate of Attendance) to apply for individual CLE credit.
ELI will have a representative at the course (both in person and virtually) to assist you with questions about your state CLE forms and to offer the required information about the course. Participants should fill out the question pertaining to CLE on the course registration form (note: this will not change which states in which we are applying for CLE credit, but it will help ELI staff better be able to answer your questions and send you required materials if we know the states in which you are seeking credit).
Certificates of Attendance
All in-person participants of Boot Camp seeking CLE credit will need to sign in and out of the course each day. They will be provided with a uniform Certificate of Attendance upon signing out on the last day of the course. Virtual participants seeking CLE credit will be expected to input codes into a Google form each day to verify they were attentive. After we verify that a virtual participant was logged into the webinar for the duration of the event and provided accurate codes, we will provide them with a uniform Certificate of Attendance via email. These certificates can be used to verify attendance and, in many cases, to apply for CLE credit individually in states.**
**Note: Some states require supplemental Certificates of Attendance, even if the course is not pre-approved for CLE in that state. In your registration form, please note in which states you are seeking CLE, even if you are including a state in which ELI has not applied for pre-approval, so that we can send you the correct documentation for you to seek CLE credit on your own.
If you are unable to attend all of Western Boot Camp, we can provide you with a customized uniform Certificate of Attendance that reflects the times you actually attended Western Boot Camp (you will only be eligible for CLE credit for the times you actually attended the event). In-person participants will verify their attendance each day when they sign in and out. Virtual participants will certify their attendance times when they fill out the Google form with their codes (and there will be a section on the form to enter custom times if you missed portions).
CLE Pre-Approval Statuses
As ELI is an accredited CLE provider in Pennsylvania and Vermont, this year's Western Boot Camp is automatically approved for 21.50 hours of total CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics credit) in those states.
- California: Approved for 21.50 hours of total CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics credit)
- Colorado: Approved for 26 hours of general CLE credit and 1.2 hours of ethics credit
- Washington: Approved for 21.50 hours of total CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics credit)
- Oregon: Approved for 21.50 hours of total CLE credit (20.5 hours of general credit, plus 1 hour of ethics credit)
- Texas: Approved for 21.50 hours of total CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics credit)