After completing this program, students should be able to demonstrate the learning objectives for each module at a basic level or higher. The level of accomplishment for each
student will depend on various factors, including his or her practical experience with the topics and issues addressed in the course.
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Sessions run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
MODULE 1: Principles of Law Office Management
Explore the current trends in the legal profession and learn how they affect you and your firm. Examine the multiple facets of law office management, including the Principal Administrator's
role in managing the legal enterprise, law firm culture, strategic planning, partner compensation, business development, billing strategies and critical risk management areas.
MODULE 2: Human Resources Management
Successful legal management requires applying best practices of human resource management to contribute to continual improvement of the organization. This module will help you manage change
and decision-making with an awareness of the economic, social and legal constraints that affect the human resources function. You also will identify your personal strengths and weaknesses
in human resources management using ALA's competency framework for principal legal administrators, and you will create a plan for increasing your effectiveness.
MODULE 3: Operations & Technology Management
Daily operations need to be streamlined and processes must occur effortlessly for a law firm to function efficiently. Explore the administrator's role in planning for and effectively managing
the operations of the firm, including information systems, facilities, records and other administrative functions. Learn how time management affects the administrator's ability to manage daily
operations effectively. Attendees will analyze a case study and decide on possible strategies and tools needed to manage and optimize firm operations.
MODULE 4: Financial Management
Law firms are home to unique financial and budgeting considerations. Examine the fundamental accounting and financial management concepts essential to the legal professional, including firm
business concepts and terminology applicable to professional service firms; the fundamentals of law firm financial statements; asset and liability management and accounting controls; trust
accounts and client costs; management and profit center reporting; law firm budgeting; ownership compensation models and the basic concepts of retirement plans.
MODULE 5: The Administrator as Leader
Legal administrators are faced with leadership challenges every day. You manage up and down the reporting linemanaging partners and executive committees on the up,
staff on the downin a business that is being reshaped by economic pressures and technology. Though it is sometimes a difficult position to be in, it also means that
everyone benefits when you improve your leadership skills. In addition, research shows that skills most valuable in today's leaders include self-awareness, adaptability
and collaboration. This module will help you understand your own communication and conflict styles, and identify strategies for solving problems in inclusive ways.