BC lawyers, articled students and law students have several new learning resources — thanks to funding from the Law Foundation and in cooperation with the Law Society, the CLE Society of BC and the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia Faculties of Law.

Online learning resources for lawyers and law students

CLE online conferences and archives

Since February 2004, over 600 lawyers and their staff have participated in real-time CLE online conferences from their desktops in more than 65 communities across BC. The CLE Society of BC will soon provide 24-hour access to online archives of these programs. The archived conferences will be available in components, so lawyers and legal support staff can access the individual presentations they need quickly and at a reasonable price.

CLE is planning approximately 20 new online conferences over the next year. Visit www.cle.bc.ca for details or contact Ron Friesen, Director of Education, at rfriesen@cle.bc.ca.

Legal writing centre

A legal writing centre that includes links, resources and references for articled students and lawyers was developed in 2001 and is available in the Licensing & Membership / PLTC section of the Law Society website at www.lawsociety.bc.ca.

New law school resources

A legal research support centre that provides a step-by-step approach to conducting legal research is available to law students at the University of Victoria law school. Another recent educational initiative, funded for UBC and UVic law students, is an online course on business negotiations that uses a variety of resources and tools relevant to business law.