Frequently Asked Questions

Events & CLE FAQs

Registration

Do I need to be an ABA member to participate in a CLE program or to buy CLE products?

Although most programs and products are available to the legal community at large, special discounts do apply if you are an ABA member, or a member of the ABA entity sponsoring the program.

Not a member of the ABA? View the full range of benefits and services available to members.

Registration for a program shows a special rate for section members. How can I qualify for that rate?

Your profile page will give you a list of all the sections and other ABA entities of which you are a member.  You can also sign up for new sections, divisions, forums, and other entities to take advantage of immediate discounts on live events and products produced by the entities, and to receive periodicals, newsletters, reports, and other publications that are included with your membership.  Log in to My ABA to review your profile.

What is the ABA's open meetings policy?

American Bar Association meetings are open to all members of the Association and representatives of the media, except executive sessions. Communications & Media Relations will screen and qualify reporters, handle media registration, and issue "news media" badges for meetings of interest to media outlets.

ABA media credentials are available to reporters, editors working as reporters, producers, camera operators and still photographers who present official proof of employment. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of the ABA Communications & Media Relations Division or his/her designee. Visit the Media Credentials page for more information about credentialing for media access to events.

How can I cancel my registration or order?

Please contact the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221. Please view a program's page for its cancellation policy.

How is reimbursement and invoicing handled for programs paid with a personal credit card?

Contact the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 to request an invoice and have your order number, ABA ID, event code, event title, and event date ready.

Can written materials from a program be copied?

You may not copy, duplicate nor redistribute written materials and audio/video content from ABA programs without written permission from the ABA. To request permission to reprint excerpts, please contact the ABA Copyrights and Licensing Department.

Webinars

Are program recordings available?

In addition to live webinar presentations, program recordings (on-demand) are also made available for purchase. The ABA Free CLE Series is available for free to members for 3 months after a program and can be ordered on the series page.

Is there a phone option for webinar programs?

Check your webinar's attendee information to determine of a phone option is available. ABA Free CLE Series programs are presented in live webinar format only. Teleconference access is not available.

What devices support this webinar?

Check your webinar's program information for system requirements and mobile compatibility.

In-Person Events

Are there travel discounts available?

ABA-negotiated discounts on airfare, hotels and car rentals are only a click away with Egencia.

MCLE Information

Where can MCLE credit information for ABA programs be found?

View each program's description page and the ABA MCLE information page for more details on CLE credit.

What states approve MCLE credit for live webinars and teleconferences?

Please visit our MCLE Information area for information on approval of ABA programs by format.

Are self-study products available for CLE credit?

Many states allow attorneys to earn CLE credit through distance-learning. Although there is wide variation in specific definitions and approval of specific formats among the states, self-study generally includes CLE programs recorded from a live event or produced on their own, and presented in such formats as audio CDs and DVDs, archived or on-demand online courses or webinars, and newer formats such as podcasts and MP3 downloads.

Please visit our MCLE Information area for information on approval of ABA programs by format.

My organization is producing a CLE program. How can we get our program accredited? Does the ABA accredit programs?

The ABA is not an accrediting body or regulatory agency, but a provider of continuing legal education to the legal community at large. CLE accreditation is given on a state-by-state basis. There is no nationwide accreditation since the MCLE programs are administered by the state supreme courts through a special CLE commission or board.

Overall, the process for MCLE accreditation is a lengthy one, requiring about two to three months of advance preparation. Each state with an MCLE requirement administers its own program with its own distinct set of rules, regulations, and sponsor fees. Therefore, a CLE provider seeking MCLE accreditation of its programs must apply to each state individually.

Individual attorneys may also request accreditation from their particular states after the program has taken place by providing course materials, a special application, and possibly a small fee. Again, each state has its own procedure. To learn more, visit the website of the Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association (CLE reg), which contains links to individual MCLE state websites where you may download or review the MCLE rules and regulations. You will also find contact names, addresses and telephone numbers, and a Uniform Application for Accreditation.

ABA Promotions

How can I control e-mail updates on ABA programs and products?

You can customize your ABA experience which will help us provide you with the information you want.  Just log in to the ABA website, update your profile and select your preferred areas of interest.

What is the opt-out procedure for ABA e-mail and/or mail promotions?

To change your e-mail address or remove your name from any future distribution e-mails you can call the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221, or write us at the address below. ABA Members may also log in to  My ABA page to edit their profile.

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