How-To Seminar Series

Virginia CLE® offers a number of "how-to" courses focusing on the basic skills that every attorney needs. Choose your area of practice, or explore a new one. The programs will help you gain the edge in a variety of practice areas.

The Basics of Bankruptcy Law in Virginia

During this brief but intensive overview, the expert faculty will walk attendees through the bankruptcy process in a clear and concise manner.

The Basics of Criminal Law Practice

Learn what to do when you get "that" call from a panicked client who has been arrested. This program will focus on the practical aspects of the criminal defense process.

Civil Litigation: The Basics

Find your way to the courthouse and much more. Whether you are a new associate assigned to cover the motions docket, or a sole practitioner fighting on behalf of your clients, arming yourself with the right tools and information is critical to success. This program will give you the basics that you need.

Civil Practice in the General District Court

The General District Court is clearly not the answer for all civil cases, but with its jurisdictional maximum recently increased to $25,000, it is an increasingly attractive option. Cases move quickly, with limited discovery—a mixed blessing to be sure. But District Court is not merely Circuit Court in miniature: rules and practices differ. This program will teach you the differences and get you ready for practice in the General District Court.

Criminal Practice in the General District Court

This seminar is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in criminal practice before the General District Court. Knowledge of the specialized rules and procedures of the District Court is critical.The nature of the advocacy, too, often differs greatly from that of Circuit Court.

Construction Law Basics: Key Contract, Insurance, and Mechanic's Lien Issues to Consider for Any Project

Get guidance through the most important (and often the trickiest) issues to consider when handling construction law matters.

Depositions 101: Exploring the Basics

You’ll learn when you should—and shouldn’t—seek a deposition; how to conduct it effectively and efficiently; how to deal with difficult opposing counsel; and how to use the deposition to best effect at trial.

Drafting Basic Employment Agreements in Virginia

Learn the key issues for drafting basic employment agreements, including the executive employment agreement and the independent contractor agreement.

Drafting the Simple Revocable Trust: Practical Guidelines, Sample Provisions

This program will focus on both the "how to" and the "why" of trust planning and drafting. This is your opportunity to receive two hours of expert guidance on this often misunderstood area of practice.

Estate Planning Bootcamp

This program will guide you from the initial contact with your clients to the moment they sign their documents and you close the file. Two experienced attorneys will teach you the practices they use to establish a client relationship built on trust.

Intellectual Property: The Basic Law on Copyright, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets

Don't know a patent from a trademark from a copyright? Get up to speed on the basics of this important and constantly growing and evolving practice area.

Limited Liability Companies: A Practical Guide to Using the LLC to Meet Your Client's Needs

This program will explain the advantages of using an LLC, provide a basic tour through the LLC Operating Agreement, and give an overview of the tax issues. It is aimed at lawyers who do not have extensive experience with LLCs.

Personal Injury: From Client Interview to the Start of Trial

This program focuses on the basics of a plaintiff's personal injury practice, including how to gather information from your client and other sources, how to negotiate with insurance companies, and how to get your case ready for trial.

What Every Virginia Lawyer Should Know About Divorce

This program focuses on the basics of separation, divorce, custody, and support. Learn what questions to ask, what documents to file, and how to spot the red flags.

Will Drafting Techniques: Practical Guidelines, Sample Provisions

Every client who walks in your door should have a will. This program will arm you with the basics on drafting this important document. Why turn these matters away when you can equip yourself to handle them?