MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—The West Virginia University College of Law is assuming sole responsibility for the premiere legal education program for lawyers who practice in the state.
West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE) was previously a joint partnership between the College of Law and the West Virginia State Bar. Starting this month (April 2016), the College of Law will begin exclusive management of WVCLE. WVCLE has been based at the College of Law since its inception in 1980.
“The College of Law and the State Bar have had a wonderful partnership for 36 years,” said Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “WVU Law is very excited to continue the program. Lawyers will see no change in the delivery of classes, except that this new arrangement will allow us to serve them more effectively.”
The State Bar supports transferring WVCLE operations entirely to the College of Law, Bowman emphasized.
“The transition has been seamless,” he said. “We value our relationship with the State Bar, and they are an important partner for WVU Law in the legal community.”
WVCLE offers a wide range of classes to help the state’s lawyers practice professionally, competently, and ethically throughout their careers. Annually, WVCLE provides live courses, multimedia seminars, and online CLE credit for more than 2,200 lawyers from West Virginia and 20 other states.
WVCLE is the only continuing legal education provider in West Virginia whose programs are accredited by all 39 mandatory continuing legal educational jurisdictions and State Supreme Courts.
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia requires attorneys in the state to earn 24 mandatory CLE credit hours every two years.