Below are answers to common questions about training programs at PBRC. Click the plus sign to the left of the question to view the answer.
What is the intended audience for trainings?
PBRCS substantive training programs primarily target attorneys licensed in Maryland. Out-of-state attorneys are eligible to take trainings in the areas for which they can practice without the necessity of a Maryland license, such as immigration and veterans’ law. There are also opportunities for lawyers to research and draft articles for the People’s Law Library which does not require a Maryland license. Depending on the training topic and space limitations, staff of legal services providers are welcome to attend certain trainings as well.
Do your trainings qualify for Maryland Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits?
Because Maryland does not require Continuing Legal Education for lawyers practicing in the state, whether a training seminar will qualify for out-of-state credit is subject to that state’s rules and decision. The Veterans’ Benefits 101 course does qualify for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs CLE credits.
How do I qualify for an MSBA CLE course for free or reduced-fee?
The MSBA often gives PBRC free and reduced-fee training slots for pro bono attorneys and staff attorneys of legal services programs. To see if an MSBA CLE course has free or reduced-fee slots available, click here: MSBA CLE Courses Available Through PBRC.
How much do your trainings cost?
Cost of trainings may vary, but usually don’t exceed $25 per course.
Are there requirements to attend your trainings?
Each training has its own required pro bono commitment. Check the training flyer or registration form of the training for further details.
I am unsure if I can handle taking a case because I do not know the law very well yet. Can I see the materials before registering and making a pro bono commitment?
No. We require that you make a pro bono commitment in exchange for receiving the training and/or training materials. Most of our training programs are suitable for beginners with no prior knowledge of the law, unless otherwise noted. Mentors and case support are also provided.
If I cannot make it to the live training, is there another way I can view the training?
Yes, most trainings we offer are available via webcast. You can view the training via webcast instead.
What is a training webcast?
A webcast is a pre-taped video training that you can view online at any time. Each webcast comes with video and links to the training materials.
What is a training webinar?
A webinar is a live online training event, where you can participate in a live training from your computer and have the opportunity to ask questions of the training instructors and service providers.
Do I need to complete a registration form for a training if PBRC already has my information?
Yes. Each training has its own registration form that includes its own course-specific pro bono commitment and requirements. A registration is required to attend or view each training.
I have already been assigned a pro bono case in a practice area in which I want to be trained. Do I still need to complete a registration and commit to another pro bono requirement?
Yes. Each training requires a pro bono commitment regardless of your prior pro bono work history.
I want to take a training and then represent my friend or family member pro bono. Will that count toward my required training pro bono commitment?
No, unless your friend/family member is a client of the legal services provider program from which you are required to take a case. Otherwise, that does not fall within the definition of pro bono according to the Rules of Professional Conduct.
I am a law student and I want to take a training, but it says I must be barred in Maryland. Can I still take the training and complete my pro bono commitment when I become barred?
Not at this time, but please check our website again once you become barred. Many of the trainings we offer now will be videotaped and available to you via webcast whenever you are ready.
I am not an attorney but I would like to know more about the law so that I can possibly help myself or a friend with a legal issue. May I attend the training?
No. Our funding is to train attorneys to do pro bono work and is geared toward legal practitioners. If you cannot complete a pro bono commitment because you are not an attorney, we cannot provide you with training.