Ten Sites For Free College Courses

First the disclaimer: none of these sites provide you with either CLE or college credit. What they do provide are college-level courses at no cost and they are all designed around the idea that the general dissemination of knowledge is a good thing. So whether you are looking to learn a new language (to improve client communication) or just pick up an introduction to a subject you are curious about, these ten sites should help.

1. OpenCourseWare Consortium

A collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. Links to the participating members’ course can be found here.

2. Open Culture

Emphasizes educational materials directed towards culture, the arts, and entertainment.

3. Academic Earth

Lectures in the Sciences, Law, Mathematics, Religion and Politics. Continue reading

Solo Practice University: Mentorship For The Rural Lawyer

The harsh reality is that law school only teaches theory and, until recently, learning the actual practice of law was taught by that harsh task-master experience. For the new associate just entering an established law firm, experience’s lessons are tempered by the older and wiser partners, however for those of us who march to our own drumbeat as solo practitioners finding mentors can be a daunting task. On March 20th, 2009, this changes with the opening of Solo Practice University.

Solo Practice University is the brain child of Susan Cartier Liebel and stems from her frustration with the inability of law schools to cover the innumerable variables that are unique to the actual solo practice of law. Solo Practice University is an on-line community bringing law students and solo practitioners together with an  experienced, nationally recognized faculty. Continue reading