Why is CALI doing this?

CALI is a nonprofit consortium of law schools with a mission to improve legal education through technology.

We are well aware of the realities in today’s ever-changing legal market. We believe the issues addressed in this course will better prepare our membership’s students for these realities and changes. And, we think the course could help legal educators explore these issues so that they, also, can help prepare their students.

Who can register and attend?

Anyone. We realize these topics are of interest to folks other than just law students and faculty, though, so everyone’s invited because we do believe in this open learning stuff.

This is, actually, what is known as a MOOC: a Massively Open Online Course.

Where can I learn more about MOOCs?

There’s a great article called “7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs” (make sure you download the PDF).

There is also a great video on YouTube called “What is a MOOC?” that you can watch.  It’s quite short and will provide some background on the inspiration for the design of this course.

Free? Really? What’s the catch?

Yes, yes, no catch.

Will this show up on my school transcripts?


Is there a penalty for not doing the homework? Missing a class?


Is this a CLE course?

It is not certified as CLE in any state.

Do I need to register for every session?

Just register here once.

What if I can’t make a class?

Again, no penalty, other than missing the chance to interact directly with the lecturer. We’ll even record each session.

Will the classes be recorded and archived?

Yes, we will archive video of the sessions on this blog and make them open to the public, in fact.

Questions, comments, ideas, suggestions?

Contact John at the email address below…

John Mayer
Executive Director
Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction / CALI
Twitter @johnpmayer


2 Responses to FAQ

  1. Austin Groothuis says:

    Hi Randy,

    There’s no such thing as traffic that we don’t want, really. 🙂 Our webcast software limits live shows to 1,000 people, but everyone is welcome. And if a show should fill up to 1000 (our highest live attendance has been about 300), the recordings will always be available.

    We have not certified the classes as CLE in any state and there are no plans to right now. Since giving CLE credits is not the main goal of the course, and we do not charge a fee to attendees, the certification process would be a bit burdensome and costly for us, as you can imagine.

    We cannot make guarantees that any tdlp class or the course as a whole will qualify as CLE if attendees try to qualify it on their own, based on their individual state’s rules. But we certainly don’t mind if they try!

    If you do, let us know how it goes.



  2. Randy Winn says:

    Can you comment on the CLE accreditation status of this course? In particular, is it not certified for credit anywhere merely because it hasn’t been submitted for credit? On its face, this course seems eligible for credit in my state (Washington) should any attendee apply for credit, and there seems to be no reason not to put upon the attendee the burden of such an application (it’s not much work for the attendee.)
    I’ll be happy to make the application myself. Free CLE (…especially on-demand recordings…) offer many advantages to attorneys and the public. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, references materials and mentors have been available on-demand for decades, and online for years, so it seems unlikely that CLE will not follow suit. However I don’t want to attract traffic to this website that you don’t want, so let me know if you have some objection.

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