I am in the fortunate position of having a professional expenses/continuing education budget of $2500/year as well as frequent periods of downtime at my office that I can use to study. Rather than buy expensive treatises on particular areas of law, I'd like to have something I can point to as a mark of expertise (i.e., stick it on my resume).
I'm starting my third year as an attorney and working in-house dealing with all sorts of international trade/commercial transaction matters. To qualify, the courses should have a reasonable relationship to my work.
So far this year:
-I'm currently studying for the United States Customs Broker Exam
-I'm giving strong consideration to studying for the Certified Documentary Credit Specialist
exam as well.
The above, plus my yearly bar dues, pretty much eat up this year's budget.
But what should I be considering for next year? Mind you, I'm living overseas and I'm pretty much chained to my desk. Any course I take would have to be either online or using textbooks, but assume that I can travel to take the actual exam itself.
Any and all ideas are welcome!!