CounselCast is a members-only video teaching platform and professional networking community where in-house lawyers can fulfill their mandatory Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements free of charge by viewing relevant, high-quality, cutting-edge CLE video programs produced and supplied by our member law firms.
Membership in CounselCast is open to 3 distinct user types:
Please be sure to select the appropriate user type from the CounselCast homepage when you first register as a member of the CounselCast.
CLE Presenters can upload video programs that are CLE-accredited (or presumptively accredited) in at least one United States jurisdiction where CLE is mandatory. Once uploaded, the programs are made exclusively available to our curated audience of in-house corporate counsel.
In-House Viewers may rate and comment on the programs, contact CLE Presenters privately with questions and obtain CLE credit for completed programs, all entirely free of charge on CounselCast.
Yes. Attorneys who are employed as full time in-house legal counsel at publicly traded or privately held commercial enterprises or at non-profit or not-for-profit organization are eligible to join CounselCast as In-House Viewers.
Sorry, no. Part-time, temporary and virtual in-house counsel do not qualify for membership as In-House Viewers.
Sorry, no. Attorneys employed by governmental entities do not qualify for membership as In-House Viewers.
We manually pre-screen all In-House Viewers before membership is activated. In-House Viewers must demonstrate that they are employed as full time in-house counsel at commercial enterprises or at non-profit or not-for-profit organizations in order to gain access to CounselCast. Part-time, virtual and temporary in-house attorneys and attorneys employed by governmental entities do not qualify as In-House Viewers on CounselCast at this time.
Our member law firms and CLE Presenters make high-quality CLE content available free of charge on CounselCast in order to showcase their expertise to legal department decision makers and influencers. Therefore, in order to maximize CounselCast's value to the members who supply us with outstanding content, and keep that content free for our In-House Viewers, we curate our viewing audience to include qualified in-house attorneys only.
Yes, absolutely. When you upload a CLE program to CounselCast, you will be asked to formulate a unique alphanumeric code to accompany the program. In-House Viewers who view the program will see the code at random intervals during the video, and they will be required to input the correct code into an affirmation form upon completing the program. Prior to granting CLE credit you will be able to verify the code input by the In-House Viewer against the unique code you assigned to the program.
No. CounselCast is a first-of-its-kind technology platform and conduit through which presenters can distribute their accredited CLE video programs to an exclusive audience of in-house corporate counsel. CounselCast enables communication and dialogue between presenters and viewers about the programs and provides an easy, paperless means for presenters to verify attendance and award CLE credit. However, CounselCast is not, itself, a CLE provider and we do not obtain CLE accreditation or award credit for any programs.
Never. CounselCast makes it easy for presenters to verify attendance, sign CLE certificates and award credit all in a paperless, electronic fashion.
Yes. In-House Viewers can send questions about the programs they view to CLE Presenters through CounselCast, and CLE Presenters can respond. CLE Presenters can also craft custom messages to accompany the CLE certificates they award through CounselCast.
Please visit your State Bar or State CLE Board website for your jurisdiction's CLE accreditation requirements. Certain jurisdictions limit the amount of CLE credit attorneys may obtain online, and some other jurisdictions do not yet offer CLE accreditation for any online programs. Therefore, users in certain jurisdictions may not be able to meet all (or any) of their CLE requirements on CounselCast.
Please visit your State Bar or State CLE Board website for your jurisdiction's CLE reporting requirements. Whether you use CounselCast as a CLE Provider or as an In-House Viewer, it is your responsibility to understand and comply with your jurisdiction's CLE reporting and record keeping requirements. If you discover any limitation of CounselCast that you think prevents you from complying with your jurisdiction's CLE reporting or record keeping requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yes. As between the CLE Presenter and CounselCast, the CLE Presenter owns all CLE programs and accompanying materials he or she uploads to CounselCast. Whether the programs and materials are ultimately the property of the CLE Presenter or his or her law firm depends on the arrangement between the presenter and the firm.
We currently require that all programs uploaded to CounselCast be CLE-accredited in at least one United States jurisdiction where CLE is mandatory. We may later open CounselCast to certain unaccredited educational content, however, so please check back soon.
Sorry, no. In order to maximize the value of CounselCast to In-House Viewers, it is important that all content be educational. At this time, permitted content is limited to accredited CLE video programs and accompanying materials.
You must abide by your jurisdiction's CLE accreditation rules. To the best of our knowledge, CLE programs containing overt sales or marketing content would likely fail to meet the CLE accreditation requirements of most, if not all, United States jurisdictions where CLE is mandatory. However, when awarding CLE credit to In-House Viewers through CounselCast, you may craft a custom message to the user that will accompany the CLE certificate. Also, In-House Viewers will have the opportunity to comment on your CLE programs and reach out to you directly through CounselCast.
Yes, as long as you are familiar with all applicable CLE accreditation, reporting and record keeping requirements in your jurisdiction, and as long as you abide by these requirements. For example, some jurisdictions require that CLE programs include at least one presenter who is an attorney in order for the programs to be CLE-accredited.
Yes, as long as the programs you upload are CLE-accredited in one or more United States jurisdictions where CLE is mandatory, and provided you abide by the CLE accreditation, reporting and record keeping requirements of such jurisdiction(s).
At this time, CounselCast is only available to In-House Viewers who seek CLE credit in one or more United States jurisdictions. We are currently exploring expansion into certain non-U.S. jurisdictions, however, so please contact us regarding your specific request.
Not at this time, but please feel free to contact us. We will reach out if and when this changes.
Not at this time, but we plan to in the near future. Please check back soon.
Yes. All video files must be no smaller than 2 MB and no larger than 2 Gig, and must be one of the following file formats: mp4, avi, flv or mov.
CounselCast is owned and operated by a consortium of practicing in-house lawyers dedicated to the mission of connecting in-house counsel and law firm practitioners through the sharing of timely, relevant, high-quality continuing legal education content.