Opinion: Free service challenges old thinking in legal education

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Technological disruption in the legal industry is often portrayed as a threat to practising lawyers. But online service Bulletpoints.com.au shows how technology can unconditionally help lawyers too: in this case by take charge of their CPD requirements.
Bulletpoints, which is already gaining ground with lawyers across the country, lets solicitors skip the process of reading lengthy, irrelevant marketing mail so they can pinpoint the few courses relevant and interesting to their practice.
Users can quickly search what the Bulletpoints.com.au bills as ‘Australia’s largest range of courses’ in one place and choose from hundreds of face-to-face and online options. 
The end of printed flyers and brochures
“Law is never thought of as an early adopter of technology,” says Bulletpoints chairman and co-founder Jason Elias. “When it comes to lawyers and technology many people still think of someone like Dennis Denuto using his dictaphone.” 
“Legal education has been one of the last bastions of that low-tech approach. Providers still use hard copy brochures, flyers and print advertising to share information. Bulletpoints is finally disrupting this old way of thinking.”
Bulletpoints lets lawyers sign up for free customised alerts on the legal topics they have an interest in, access an automated CPD Tracker that logs their activity, as well as find, book and track events from the Law Societies of NSW, WA, ACT and Tasmania, the College of Law, Kaplan Professional, State Legal Conference, and the Australian Institute of Management.
In short, the site aims to cover all the brands lawyers know and trust in a single location for no extra cost to what they would pay directly.
Lawyers can also use Bulletpoints to find courses in their local area, as well as video seminars, podcasts, online-only modules and live webinars.
‘Webjet’ for lawyers
“Bulletpoints is like Webjet for CPD,” explains Elias. “It aggregates all relevant information lawyers need and allows them to quickly compare the courses currently available on the market and book them in a few clicks.
“And like Webjet, we even have a price guarantee to make sure lawyers never pay more than if they went direct to the course provider.”
More information about Bulletpoints.
Based in Sydney, Bulletpoints.com.au is the brainchild of Jason Elias and Jonathan Seifman who have both worked in the legal services industry for a number of years.

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