Nassau Academy of Law

The Nassau Academy of Law is the educational arm of the Nassau County Bar Association, and has been certified as an accredited provider of continuing legal education by the New York State CLE Board. All programs sponsored by the NAL have been approved for CLE credit.


  • Attorneys will receive certificates of attendance for all seminars. Certificates will be emailed to attendees.  Please check your spam folder if you do not receive a certificate within 24-48 hours after a program.
  • It is the responsibility of each attorney to maintain records of attendance at CLE seminars to certify compliance as part of their biennial registration
  • All Nassau Academy of Law (NAL) courses will satisfy NYMCLE requirements


  • A minimum of 32 Bridge-the-Gap hours are required during the first two years of practice broken down into 7/6/3 for each year – 7 credits in Professional Practice; 6 credits in Skills; 3 credits in Ethics
  • Effective January 1, 2016, the NYS CLE Board has adopted the following changes to the current requirement that newly admitted attorneys complete their CLE credits strictly in the traditional live classroom setting or by fully interactive video conference

Professional Practice credit may be completed in any approved format, including Non-participatory formats such as on-demand audio or video, or live broadcast

Ethics credit may be completed in the traditional live classroom setting; by fully interactive video conference; or by simultaneous transmission with synchronous interactivity; such as web-conference, or teleconference, where questions are allowed during the program

There is no change in the requirement for Skills credit; which must be completed in the traditional live classroom setting or by fully interactive video conference.

Newly admitted attorneys eligible for a pro-rated CLE requirement must complete the credit in a format permissible for the category of credit, except that no more than 14 credits may be earned through non-participatory formats, such as on-demand audio or video, or live broadcast.

Newly admitted attorneys who have earned more than 16 transitional CLE credits before the first anniversary of admission to the Bar may apply up to 8 of their additional credits earned during the first year of admission towards their second-year requirement. Once the second-year requirement is complete, up to 6 additional credits may be applied towards the next reporting cycle. Ethics and Professionalism may not be carried over.

Newly admitted attorneys are not eligible to earn CLE credit for presenting at a CLE seminar.


Experienced attorneys must complete a total of 24 accredited CLE credit hours during each biennial reporting cycle (the two-year period between your attorney registrations). At least 4 of these 24 credit hours must be in the Ethics and Professionalism category, and at least 1 from the remaining 20 credit hours must be in the Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias category. The remaining 19 credit hours may be in any category of credit. Attorneys may fulfill requirements through CD and DVD recordings

Total Number of CLE credit hours 24
Minimum Number of Ethics and Professionalism CLE credit hours 4
Minimum Number of Diversity Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credit hours 1

Once an experienced attorney has completed the 24 CLE credit requirement, a maximum of 6 additional credits earned may be applied toward the next reporting cycle. Experienced attorneys may carry over credits in any category, including Ethics and Professionalism, and Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.

To find out your biennial reporting date, contact the Office of Court Administration, P.O. Box 2806, Church Street Station, New York, NY 10008, tel: (212) 428-2800


  • Register early to guarantee seating.
  • Attendees must pre-register for Academy program. Seating limited for those that walk-in on the day of program. Please call (516) 747-4464 to pre-register.
  • In continuing efforts to go green, seminar material will be emailed to all registered attendees 24-48 hours before each program. Additionally, the Nassau County Bar Association has free WiFi for those that wish to access the material electronically during the program.
  • Written material available upon request.
  • Cancellation of registration must be received 24 hours before the seminar for a full refund to original form of payment. Refunds will not be issued after the program.
  • Financial assistance, based on need is available. Please contact Jennifer Groh, Director of the Nassau Academy of Law, no later than 1 week before program date to see if you qualify. Email or call (516) 747-4464.
  • Academy programs qualify for CLE credit in other states. Contact the CLE Board for the particular jurisdiction.
  • Disability accommodations are possible. Please contact Jennifer Groh, Director of the Nassau Academy of Law, no later than 1 week before program date. Email or call (516) 747-4464.
  • Per NYS CLE regulations, you must attend a CLE program in its entirety to receive full credit. Sign-in/out sheets are required at every NAL program.
  • For upcoming CLE programs, please visit and click on CLE. You may also register for programs online.

Nassau Academy of Law Staff:
Jennifer C. Groh, Director (
Patti Anderson, Executive Assistant (

Contact the Academy:
tel: (516) 747-4464
fax: (516) 747-4147