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Posted on: Dec 16, 2014

By Alexander J. Limontes, Mitchell Hurst Dick & McNelis LLC

As the end of the year approaches, many of us are scrambling to get in our six hours of CLE credit.  Our inboxes are inundated with emails from all sorts of CLE providers reminding us that “Time is Running Out” and advertising “LOW LOW PRICES” on their programs. However, this begs the question, “How much value are we getting from these cheap CLEs?” The question calls to mind the old adage: You get what you pay for. 

When it comes to CLEs, skimping on quality to save a few bucks is not always the best route to take. As attorneys, our time is our stock in trade, and while it may seem like you are saving a couple of hundred bucks by attending cheap CLE, it is really costing you more than you think.

For us, time is money, and time spent on a CLE that doesn’t educate us is money lost. Think about the CLE that you are taking before you sign up for it and consider the information you'll gain in addition to the networking opportunities you'll have if you attend.

This post talks more about the true cost and value of attending CLEs.

The IndyBar offers a number of quality CLE programs from well-known and experienced attorneys in their respective fields. Check out their year-end programs here.

This post was written by Alexander J. Limontes of Mitchell Hurst Dick & McNelis LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Young Lawyers Division page, please email Mary Kay Price at


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