Bridging the Gap

NYSBA Bridging the Gap
Continuing Legal Education Program
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The New York State Bar Association is pleased to offer newly admitted attorneys a two-day Bridging the Gap CLE program.  Transitional courses are designed to help newly admitted attorneys develop a foundation in the practical skills, techniques and procedures that are essential to the practice of law.

The NYSBA Bridging the Gap continuing legal education program offers 16.0 total credits. Newly admitted attorneys can satisfy all of their annual MCLE requirements by attending this two-day program, which is ideal for “bridging the gap” between law school and the realities of practicing law in New York State. Experienced attorneys who have an interest in other areas of practice can also attend and benefit from this program by learning practical information from skilled and experienced practitioners.

Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar.  The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries.  To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings, or through attendance at fully interactive video conference locations that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to

The New York State Bar Association Bridging the Gap program is offered throughout the year regionally and offers special member and newly admitted attorney pricing.  The program is also approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  Uniform certificates of attendance can also be issued for other states.

Earn 16.0 MCLE credits by attending the two-day Bridging the Gap CLE program.  
Recent Graduates and Newly Admitted Attorneys: This program will satisfy your annual MCLE requirement! Newly admitted attorneys must attend in person to receive skills credits. Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive skills credits by participating in the webcast. For further information about the CLE rules and requirements for newly admitted attorneys please visit  Learn more about this program here.

Upcoming Bridging the Gap CLE Programs

Bridging the Gap | NYC
Thursday, February 20 – Friday, February 21, 2020 | 9:00 – 5:00 pm. | NYC

Bridging the Gap | NYC
Thursday, March 26 – Friday, March 27, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | NYC
This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.  A live videoconference option will be available in Albany.  

Bridging the Gap | NYC
Thursday, April 2 – Friday, April 3, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | NYC

Bridging the Gap | London 
Thursday, April 16 – Friday, April 17, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | London

Bridging the Gap | NYC 
Thursday, June 25 – Friday, June 26, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | NYC

Bridging the Gap | NYC 
Thursday, August 27 – Friday, August 28, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | NYC

Bridging the Gap | NYC (Registration Coming Soon)
Thursday, November 5 – Friday, November 6, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | NYC

Bridging the Gap | NYC (Registration Coming Soon)
Thursday, December 10 – Friday, December 11, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | NYC

2020 Topics:

  • Basics of Civil Litigation in NYS | Handling a Slip/Trip and Fall Case in New York 
  • Deposition Skills for New Layers | Handling an Auto Accident Case in NYS
  • Intellectual Property Law 101
  • Drafting Contracts | Key Considerations for New Attorneys
  • Consumer Bankruptcy 101
  • Elder Law and Special Needs Planning 101 | Advising Clients about Medicare, Medicaid & Special Needs Trusts
  • Cross Examination | Handling a DWI Case in NYS Review of New Criminal Discovery Legislation 
  • Drafting Pre-Nuptial Agreements | Key Skills in Drafting and Client Counseling 
  • Lawyer Feud | The Ethics Game Show

*Newly admitted attorneys must fulfill their Skills credit requirement through a traditional live classroom setting. This webcast does not offer a fully interactive (two-way) video-conference and therefore does not fulfill the skills credit requirement for newly admitted attorneys. Please plan to earn your Skills credits by attending a live program. For more information about MCLE credit requirements for newly admitted attorneys, please visit

Thank you to our following sponsors

Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Law Practice Management Committee
Young Lawyers Section

Co-sponsoring Sections

Learn more about getting involved in the following sections: 
Antitrust Law Section 
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section 
Dispute Resolution Section 
Elder Law and Special Needs Section
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Environmental and Energy Law Section 
Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section
Family Law Section 
General Practice Section  
Health Law Section
Intellectual Property Law Section

Real Property Law Section
Senior Lawyers Section  
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
Trial Lawyers Section
Trusts and Estates Law Section
Women in Law Section

Join the Young Lawyers Section 

Become the voice of newly-admitted and young attorneys in NYSBA. Designed to help make the transition from law school to practice an easier one for newly-admitted attorneys, the Young Lawyers Section connects you with experienced attorneys lending general advice, legal guidance, or expert opinions. Take advantage of educational programs, networking events, and the exclusive Young Lawyers Section Mentor Directory, just one of the Section's mentoring initiatives.

Learn More about these programs and the Young Lawyers Section at

View past Bridging the Gap programs and topics by practice area here.

To view the full list of Law Practice Management Programs for members, click here.