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Lawyers go online as CPD deadline looms

AS the deadline for gaining compulsory continuing online professional development points looms, a growing number of lawyers are turning to their online options.

The 31 March marks the deadline for lawyers to get their CPD points, which makes this the busiest time of year for online providers of CPD points. But some law firms and lawyers still turn to the traditional models of seminars, classes, and out-of-date videos.

In the Australian legal profession there remains some resistance to the adoption of online legal training, while a growing number is slowly looking at online options.

Lawyers face ever-increasing demands upon their time, says Natalie Wieland, a lawyer who started CPD Interactive while on maternity leave in 2007.

Any continuing resistance to online training may suggest a need for a cultural shift in the way many lawyers think about learning. Wieland says having online training as an option means lawyers who are "geographically challenged" still get to do interesting things.

The first major shock for Wieland when she launched CPD Interactive was that the legal industry didn't know what online learning was, not that you could get a point online.

The other great benefit of online CPD Courses is the opportunity to gain the points while overseas, says Wieland. "We just had a partner in Vietnam do a course."


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