You can complete the program requirements at your own pace. You have the freedom to develop a personalized professional development curriculum by selecting the programming and activities best suited to your interests and goals from a menu of options. Keep track of your activities. When you have completed the requirements, make an appointment with an advisor. At that meeting, you and your advisor will review your activity log, and you will receive your certificate. The program works on an honor system. As such, we trust that you report your activities accurately. (We reserve the right to independently verify reported activities, and, if necessary, take whatever actions are necessary to protect the integrity of the program.)
YES, and we encourage you to do so. Pro bono service is not employment – it is community service!
YES. In November or December, you will have a meeting with your LCDO advisor. During that meeting, your advisor can help you identify alumni you may want to meet with, and walk you through the process. In the spring, there will be workshops on informational interviews (another name for mentoring meetings), and the LCDO will provide information about alumni who have volunteered to serve as 30 minute mentors.
NO. They are separate requirements.
You can turn in the Registration Form in person or by email to the LCDO at your convenience. However, you cannot list the Legal Professional Development Institute on your resume as an activity until we have received your Registration Form. When you have completed the Certification requirements, complete the Checklist and Application and make an appointment with an LCDO advisor. After the meeting, you can add the Certificate in Professionalism to your resume.
While we strongly encourage you to attend the sessions, they will be video recorded and available for viewing approximately two weeks after the event.