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Scholarships & discounts

PBI Scholarships

PBI provides partial scholarships for most accredited seminars (subject to the availability of funds). These are available on a confidential basis to attorneys with limited financial means to meet up to 12 credits of their current Pennsylvania CLE requirement. An application must be filed no later than 30 days before the date of the program the applicant seeks to attend.

To receive an application, write to Scholarship Administrator, PBI, 5080 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6903, call Customer Service at (717) 796-0804 or click here to download the form now (PDF = 74.4k, acrobat software required). Mail the completed form to the address above or email it to scholarship@pbi.org Please note: scholarships are not available for distance education.

Contact the Practising Law Institute to apply for scholarships to PLI simulcasts; see PLI Courses page.

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Legal Services / Public Interest Lawyers

PBI will provide a complete waiver of tuition fees for the first 12 hours of CLE taken to satisfy the Pennsylvania mandatory CLE requirement in any calendar year for all attorneys employed on a full-time basis by Pennsylvania civil or criminal Section 501(c)(3) legal services or public interest organizations. For additional courses (over and above the first 12 hours), eligible attorneys may enroll at 50 percent of the highest member fee. This waiver applies only to attorneys in Section 501(c)(3) organizations that provide legal services at no or de minimus fee to individual members of the public.

PBA Membership Discount Coupons

With your PBA membership coupons, you may take advantage of up to $150 in tuition discounts for PBI courses!

Attorneys who are members of both the PBA and their county bar associations may take advantage of "PBI CLE Discounts." The more PBI courses you attend, the more you will save. Membership benefits matter and save you money!

The following conditions apply to these PBI Discount Coupons:

  • The coupons must be redeemed in the sequence indicated and may only be used in connection with your enrollment for PBI courses held in the current calendar year. Only one coupon may be redeemed per course (including two-day seminars).
  • The coupons must be redeemed at the time of your enrollment and may not be redeemed at a later date.
  • The coupons are an exclusive benefit for the named member and are nontransferable.
  • The coupons cannot be used in conjunction with any other PBI discount.
  • The coupons may be used in conjunction with any PBI seminar for which the tuition is $100 or more.
  • The coupons apply solely to CLE programs for which you register directly through PBI.
  • The discount coupons do not apply to CLE courses for which you register through the Pennsylvania Bar Association such as the PBA Annual and Mid-Year Meetings and certain PBA Section events. These PBA events are always offered to members at substantially discounted fees.
  • The coupons cannot be used for distance education.

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Registration policies

Preregistration is encouraged; registration at the door will be permitted only as space allows. Click here for how to register, including how to qualify for the early registration discount.
Please note: we cannot always guarantee books for walk-in registrants. Those intending to register at the door should telephone PBI at (800) 932-4637 to confirm that there have been no changes in location, date or time.

Ticket Policy: PBI is "going green" and no longer sends a printed registration confirmation. However, time permitting, confirmation will be e-mailed to you in advance of the course. Presenting a copy at the door will expedite your check-in on the day of the course. To be sure we have your correct e-mail address, click here.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration, you must notify PBI by email, mail, or FAX (717-796-2348) no later than 2 working days prior to the course presentation date for the appropriate site, in order to receive a refund for cancellation (less a $25 administrative fee). If you do not attend the course and did not notify PBI 2 days in advance, you will receive the course materials in full consideration of tuition paid.

PBI occasionally (though rarely) cancels programs. We make every effort to contact registrants to inform them of such cancellations. If you are not pre-registered or if the weather is bad, see the Cancelled Courses page.

Registration Transfer Policy: Requests for transfers will be honored if they are received by mail or fax by the date of the course presentation from which you wish to be transferred.
NOTE: We cannot transfer registrations for walk-in seminars to live webcasts. If you have registered for a walk-in seminar that is also being offered as a live webcast, and would like to participate in the webcast instead of the walk-in seminar:

  1. go to the webcasts section of our online campus and register for the webcast (all webcast registrations are by credit card);
  2. then contact customer service for a refund of your walk-in registration.

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Services for persons with disabilities

If special arrangements are required for a person with a disability, please contact Zina Barlup at (800) 932-4637, ext. 2284 or zbarlup@pbi.org at least ten days prior to the presentation date.

Handicapped access at CLE Conference Center, Philadelphia
Our facility in Philadelphia, the Continuing Legal Education Conference Center, is accessible to the handicapped. The center is on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, between 13th and Juniper streets on Market St. The building lobby on Juniper Street has an automatic door on the left side. Once inside, facing the entrance to Lord and Taylor, there is an elevator to the far left of the lobby, which goes down to the parking garage and up to the lobby. Take the elevator up one level and then cross back over (south) to the other wing of the mezzanine lobby to get to the elevator bank that takes you to the 10th floor. The Wanamaker Building's restrooms are also handicapped-accessible.

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Accreditation (mandatory CLE credits)

PBI is approved by the PA Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited CLE provider. Each program has been approved by the PA Continuing Legal Education Board for the number of CLE credits indicated. For each accredited program, PBI must pay a fee to report your credits.

PBI is also an accredited sponsor of the mandatory CLE in CA, DE, OH, and NY (NOTE: not so for distance education, although we can assist you to apply for credit for our distance courses in many jurisdictions). The number of credits that will be awarded for attendance is determined by the accreditation agencies in these states.

PBI can also help you apply for credits in many jurisdictions beyond those listed above.

PBI CLE credits for New Jersey attorneys, click here.

Security procedures

Security NOTE for those attending courses at our Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Conference Centers

Due to enhanced security measures at the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia and the Heinz 57 Center in Pittsburgh, patrons must show a photo ID and/or attorney ID card to gain admittance beyond the building lobby. Those taking CLE will be welcomed by PBI staff in the lobby, and will receive a ticket that will allow them admittance to the Education Center, where they will receive their course materials. Patience and cooperation during this process is appreciated.

Speaker substitution

PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.

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Publications policies

Order & Delivery

Allow 10 days for receipt of books in stock (all books offered in our web catalog are in stock). Allow 4-6 weeks for receipt of audio CDs/CD book sets.
To order books and recordings of upcoming programs (not yet available in our online catalog), contact customer service. Allow two weeks after the first course presentation for the shipment of books, and 4 to 6 weeks for shipment of audio CD and book/CD sets.

Book/E-doc Return Policy

A ten-day return privilege applies to all book orders, less a $8.00 handling and restocking fee plus applicable state sales tax. The return privilege does not apply to DVDs or audio CDs; however, we will be happy to replace defective products at no cost to the customer.

E-doc purchases are final. E-docs may not be returned.

Returns Procedure

To ensure proper credit for products returned to PBI:

  • Return the product via a traceable method.
  • Return the product specifically to someone’s attention.
  • Note the name of the PBI employee you spoke to and the date of the conversation (or include copies of the email messages if you corresponded by email).

Automatic Update Service Policy

Many titles from our PBI Press imprint come with our automatic update service. PBI will publish supplements and new editions as appropriate to keep the book up to date. Everyone who purchases the book will receive each update at a reduced price with an invoice and an option to return it with no further obligation.

Diversity Policy

Adopted February 16, 2006

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute ("PBI") has maintained a policy of not discriminating in employment, participation in its activities, or dealing with vendors; and

WHEREAS, PBI desires to reaffirm its non-discrimination policy, and to adopt a policy promoting diversity, in writing;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that PBI adopts the following as its Diversity Policy:

PBI shall promote diversity in its activities, including election to its Board of Directors, selection of course planners, faculty and authors, employment of its staff, participation in its seminars, publications and other educational activities, and choosing its vendors. PBI shall not maintain or practice any policy, whether formal or informal, which has the potential of fostering or resulting in discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Miscellaneous policies

Faculty Expense Reimbursement

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