WSBA provides free and low-cost CLE courses to support onboarding new members into the profession. The following are seminars specifically designed for members who have been admitted for less than five years, regardless of admittance date in another jurisdiction.
The WSBA Practice Primer takes a substantive area of law and develops a series of learning tracks that build upon one another. Completion of all three learning tracks (usually three sessions within a track) will provide attendees with a solid educational foundation and primer for practice.
Trial Advocacy Program
The annual WSBA Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) offers a two-day trial-skills training from seasoned trial lawyers and a one-day mock trial a few weeks later. This seminar is designed for attorneys working in the criminal or civil arena with little to no trial experience, but a strong desire to become effective trial lawyers.
We are currently recruiting a chair-elect with civil litigation practice experience to plan the always popular annual WSBA New Member Education Trial Advocacy Program. To learn more, or to apply for this volunteer position with a letter of interest and resume, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 3, 2023. Please note that this position is meant to provide experience to newer attorneys, and we will prioritize applicants that currently meet the definition of Young Lawyers per WSBA Bylaws, Article XII, Section B.
The burden of student loan debt is heavy for many recent law school graduates and can drastically impact your employment choices. These seminars provide a broad overview of federal student loan repayment programs, private loan repayment strategies, Income Based Repayment and Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness options. These seminars are in partnership with the Washington Young Lawyers Committee and are free to new members.
Online Products — New Member Seminars
These products and materials emphasize building a strong foundation in practice management, relationship building, interpersonal communications, work-life balance, ethics, and professionalism.
Interested in helping WSBA develop seminars geared towards new members? Email us at NewMembers@wsba.org