Section 5.3A of Chapter 7 of The WV State Bar Rules and Regulations requires every newly admitted State Bar member to complete the Bridge the Gap Program within six months prior to admission or within twelve months after admission.
The Bridge the Gap seminar consists of presentations on legal ethics, office management, and the State Bar’s programs and services. In addition, there are welcoming comments from the State Bar President, Executive Director and the Young Lawyers Section Chairperson. This seminar is available exclusively through this website only.
The Bridge the Gap online seminar requires 6.0 total mandatory CLE credit hours:
210 minutes covering general topics related to the practice of law in West Virginia. (See section A below)
100 minutes covering the practice areas of your choice. (See section B below)
Once you have completed the online seminar, you are required to certify that you have completed the course by going to www.wvbar.org and submitting your MCLE credit hours. The total numbers of credits from the Bridge the Gap course are: 6.00 including 1.00 credits in legal ethics.
The State Bar welcomes you as a newer member of The West Virginia State Bar and the practice of law in West Virginia.
**PLEASE NOTE: Video content may not be available if you are using an internet connection within a state agency building due to bandwidth demand and if unavailable you should try outside of regular business hours or at home.
Bridge the Gap CLE Video Breakdown
A. Mandatory courses 210 minutes:
|Young Lawyers Introduction||Jason Pizatella||5 minutes|
|State Bar Introduction||James Wright||5 minutes|
|State Bar Overview||Anita Casey||30 minutes|
|Office of Disciplinary Council & Ethics||Rachael Fletcher Cipoletti||17 minutes|
|Supreme Court of Appeals Overview||Rory Perry||28 minutes|
|Circuit Court Overview||Judge Michael Aloi||60 minutes|
|Family Court Overview||Judge J. Jeffrey Culpepper||38 minutes|
|Magistrate Court Overview||Janie Moore||37 minutes|
B. Choose 100 minutes from the courses below:
|Abuse & Neglect||Kelly Hamon||20 minutes|
|Equitable Distribution||Mark Kelley||15 minutes|
|Domestic Relations & Bankruptcy||Andy Nason||25 minutes|
|Guardianship & Conservatorship||Harley Stollings||35 minutes|
|Mediation||Debra Scudiere||25 minutes|
|Professionalism||Tom Rubenstein||30 minutes|
|Expert Witness||Lunchtime Lecture||60 minutes|
|Technology Case Management||Lunchtime Lecture||60 minutes|