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ALA's Certified Legal Manager Program Explained

Are you ready for Continued Professional Growth?

ALA’s Certified Legal Manager (CLM)


By:  Christina Bloom, CLM


What is a CLM certification?

A 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. CLM is the certification that an individual has demonstrated you have mastered the knowledge, skills and ability to operate at a high level of expertise in the legal management field.

Why certification?ALA’s voluntary Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program was developed to provide legal administrators with an opportunity to demonstrate a command of the core areas 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.

How does becoming certified benefit me?Certification ensures recognition of your expertise, and assists you in your development by identifying a body of knowledge and establishing professional standards. Certification increased knowledge of all areas of firm administration. It increased your value within your firm increasing opportunity for upward mobility while adding to your marketability. Certification increases your recognition and respect with the industry.

How does this benefit my employer/organization?Certification serves as acknowledgement of a firm’s level of competency and professionalism. Certification can increase a client’s confidence in a firm knowing that the firm is run by a certified professional. It can also 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, ALA members or nonmembers must meet the eligibility requirements, continuing education, and pass the certification examination given by the Association of Legal Administrators.

Interested, Next Steps?

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Legal Manager (CLM) but just don’t know where to start? If so, contact the Chapter's CLM Committee Chair, Christina Bloom [email protected] for more information.