As the Accreditation Manager for West LegalEdcenter, I'm excited to announce that we have launched the legal industry’s first CLE app for the iPhone and iPod touch – CLE Mobile – now available free through the app store.
With all of the same regulatory safeguards as the West LegalEdcenter site, the CLE Mobile app allows users to complete a program and receive MCLE credit in all states which allow for on demand credit. And because CLE Mobile tracks attendance, attorneys receive online credit for their program completions!
Traditionally, the only way for attorneys to earn credit on the go was with a downloadable podcast or audio or video tapes. While these methods were certainly handy, the MCLE credit available was limited to self-study in some states, with other states ruling out credit altogether.
CLE Mobile combines all of the same interactivity as listening to a program on the West LegalEdcenter website with the convenience of a mobile environment. The app tracks and ensures the program is listened to, and randomly verifies interaction with the program in states which require this feature. Attorneys also have access to a discussion forum – a way of interacting with the other attendees at each program. Whether the attendee listens through the app or online, discussion posts are synced between both systems. Attendees also have access to all program materials in the iPhone or iPod touch’s easy-to-view screen.
Several state regulators got an early look at the app as we worked through the development process. Feedback was very positive with all agreeing that the app was a recreation of the West LegalEdcenter site from an accreditation perspective. Because all of the same functionality exists on both, credit for completion on CLE Mobile will mirror credit for completion of on demand programming on West LegalEdcenter.
There is no charge for the app, and no additional charge for content delivery to the CLE Mobile app. Once a user has purchased with a credit card or enrolled in a program through a subscription on westlegaledcenter.com, they will have access to the program on the app as well. Users will also have access to a free ethics CLE program entitled “Ethics in Client Development: Gaining Business the Right Way”, available for credit in most states.