⚠ COVID-19 Crisis Updates [7/7/2020]: 

CPCS CLE requirements for panel attorneys are once again in effect.  See the CPCS Training Calendar for CPCS sponsored and CLE approved webinars.  You may contact your appropriate panel head to determine whether credit will be given for trainings offered that are not sponsored by CPCS. We will be offering frequent remote training opportunities so that you may continue your professional development and meet  the CLE requirements to maintain your panel certification.


stock photo: close-up shot of a stacked leather books & an open journal on a wooden deskThe CPCS Training Department provides high quality training to all staff and private assigned counsel. The Training Department, led by the Training Chief, includes training for four separate practice areas – Criminal Defense, Children and Family Law, Youth Advocacy and Mental Health Litigation – all of which are overseen by individual Training Directors.  In addition to providing substantive and skills training to attorneys, the Training Department ensures that all other professional staff members are provided appropriate training in their areas of expertise.

Substantive Training

Training on substantive matters is provided by the CPCS Training Department within four practice areas.  Criminal Defense Training focuses on adult criminal matters;  CAFL Training addresses children and family law matters; YAD Training concentrates on juvenile delinquency, youthful offender and juvenile life without parole matters; Mental Health Litigation Training provides training on commitment and guardianship matters; the Immigration Impact Unit focuses on the potential immigration consequences of criminal convictions; the Alternative Commitment and Registration Support Unit provides training on Sexual Offender Registry (SORB) and Sexually Dangerous Person (SDP) matters; the Private Counsel Post Conviction Unit addresses criminal appellate matters; the EdLaw Project provides instruction on school issues; the CPCS Innocence Program concentrates on forensic and new trial issues; the Revocation Advocacy Panel trains attorneys representing juveniles committed to the Department of Youth Service who are facing a return to custody as a result of the revocation of their Grants of Conditional Liberty; the Forensic Services Unit provides training on forensic issues.

Courses Qualifying for CLE Credit

Private attorneys certified to represent CPCS clients in a variety of matters are required to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits to maintain certification.  CPCS grants CLE credits for many programs conducted by CPCS, MCLE, the Social Law Library, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, as well as many other organizations.  Check the Training Calendar for programs qualifying for CPCS CLE credit.

How to Obtain CPCS CLE Credit Approval for Offered Course

If you would like CPCS to grant CLE credits for a course you intend to offer, please contact the appropriate panel representatives.  Note that in many cases CPCS will approve a course for CLE credits for more than one panel.  For courses relevant to the practice of:

How to Become Certified to Represent CPCS Clients

If you are an attorney and wish to accept appointments of CPCS cases, you must first be certified by CPCS in the area(s) in which you seek to practice.  CPCS certifies attorneys to accept cases in the following areas: