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Before applying for membership, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria for membership. The following are two ways to become an ALA member.

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Managing the business affairs of today's law firm requires special expertise. Among other things, the professional administrator must deal with fast-paced technological changes, management trends that contradict age-old practices, and fundamental changes in the way the practice of law is structured and conducted.

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Who are ALA's members and prospective members?

Regular Membership:

  • Full-time legal administrators or support managers employed in a private law firm, legal service clinic, corporate legal department, university legal department, governmental legal agency, court system, charitable legal agency or some other organization engaged primarily in the practice of law.

  • Practicing lawyers with principal management responsibility in their legal organization.

Associate Membership:

Individuals who are interested in legal administration and management but do not qualify for Regular Membership may apply for Associate Membership if they are:

  • practicing lawyers with an interest in law firm administration and management;

  • individuals engaged in an ongoing employment-type relationship which involves providing continuing management services of the types defined in the bylaws;

  • retired Regular Members of ALA who are not otherwise employed;

  • unemployed legal administrators who have exhausted their eligibility for Regular Membership who are not serving as consultants or vendors and are actively seeking employment as a legal administrator;

  • teachers of business, organizational management, law or law-related disciplines at institutions of higher learning, as well as deans with administrative and management responsibilities at such institutions;

  • students in business, management, law or law-related studies at institutions of higher learning;

  • bar association executives with management responsibilities; or

  • other individuals not specifically excluded from membership who have and demonstrate an interest in the management of law firms and other legal organizations.

General Information

Policies governing member participation and benefits shall be determined from time to time by the Board or, as delegated by the Board, the Executive Director.

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For further information on eligibility criteria, please contact ALA at 847.267.1585 or by e-mail to

If you're interested in membership and want more information, please request a prospective member kit by contacting ALA's Membership Team at 847.267.1585 or e-mail To join ALA, apply online or download a copy of our Application for Membership. Join the undisputed leader in the business of law today!

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