WSBA provides free and low-cost CLE courses to support onboarding new members into the profession. The following are seminars specifically designed for members who have been admitted for less than five years, regardless of admittance date in another jurisdiction.
The WSBA Practice Primer takes a substantive area of law and develops a series of learning tracks that build upon one another. Completion of all three learning tracks (usually three sessions within a track) will provide attendees with a solid educational foundation and primer for practice.
The annual WSBA Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) offers a two-day trial-skills training from seasoned trial lawyers and a one-day mock trial a few weeks later. This seminar is designed for attorneys working in the criminal or civil arena with little to no trial experience, but a strong desire to become effective trial lawyers.
Scholarships available for the 2019 Trial Advocacy Program!
WSBA New Member Programs will offer two scholarships for new and young lawyers*. The scholarship recipients will receive complimentary tuition to the TAP seminar (Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019) with the option of also attending the mock trial (Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019). Attendees can earn up to 19 CLE credits for full participation. To apply, download the 2019 TAP Scholarship Application and submit your application and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Dec. 21, 2018.
*Per the Washington State Bar Association Bylaws, an active lawyer member is considered a young lawyer until Dec. 31 of the year in which the member turns 36 years old or until Dec. 31 of the fifth year after the year in which the member first was admitted to practice as a lawyer in any state, whichever is later.
The burden of student loan debt is heavy for many recent law school graduates and can drastically impact your employment choices. These seminars provide a broad overview of federal student loan repayment programs, private loan repayment strategies, Income Based Repayment and Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness options. These seminars are in partnership with the Washington Young Lawyers Committee and are free to new members.
These products and materials emphasize building a strong foundation in practice management, relationship building, interpersonal communications, work-life balance, ethics, and professionalism.
Interested in helping WSBA develop seminars geared towards new members? Email us at NewMembers@wsba.org