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What Is Certification?

Certification is defined as a credentialing process by which a profession grants recognition to an individual who meets certain predetermined qualifications specified by that profession.

Why Certification?

ALA’s voluntary Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program allows a qualified legal management professional to demonstrate, through experience and ‎coursework culminating in the examination process, a mastery of core areas of the body of knowledge identified as essential to the effective performance of a principal administrator. CLMs are recognized as administrators who have met the work experience requirement, displayed a commitment to continuing education and passed a comprehensive examination. Persons passing the CLM examination should have the depth and breadth of knowledge and ‎management skills that would enable him or her to visit any 30- to 50-attorney law office, ‎review practices and procedures, and be conversant about, and offer advice in, each of the ‎areas listed in the body of knowledge without relying on others.‎

What Does Competency Mean?

In 2012, ALA conducted its fourth Competency-Based Education Job and Needs Analysis. Through this extensive research, ALA investigated the job of a legal administrator and identified an impressive 65 competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) critical to successfully perform the administrator's job.  These analyses are the guidelines used in the development of ALA's educational and certification programs.  ALA is in the process of completing the 5th Competency-Based Education and Needs Analysis.  Once finished, an updated list of competencies will be available for use in the development of future CLM questions and exams.

How Does Becoming Certified Benefit Me?

Certification ensures recognition of your expertise, and assists you in your development and self-improvement by identifying a body of knowledge and establishing professional standards. In addition, certification helps junior-level professionals gain top-level management approval, while enabling senior practitioners to remain current in the field and improve their performance and proficiency.

How Does This Benefit My Employer/Organization?

Certification serves as an aid for recruitment, provides a way to encourage and improve job performance for its employees, and acknowledges training and development of those who are certified.

What Must I Do To Become Certified?

To become certified, Legal Management professionals must meet the education and employment eligibility requirements and pass the certification examination given by the Association of Legal Administrators.

How to Join the Chicago Study Group

If you are interested in joining the Study Group, ALA Chicago will host an informational session on July 14th at 11:30am CT to provide an overview of the group and answer any questions. Registration for the Study Group takes place online and is open to all ALA members. You can review a detailed brochure along with a detailed calendar outlining dates, times, topics, and speakers.

Interested In Taking The Next Steps?

If so, contact the Chapter's CLM Director, Rita Nielsen, CLM, for more information.