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Recertification Education Requirements

Continuing Education for Recertification

One of the hallmarks of our Certified Legal Manager credential is a commitment to knowing best practices in the legal management industry. To do that requires an investment in your continuing education so you can stay on top of the latest knowledge, skills and abilities within the legal management profession. 

Coursework Snapshot

When you recertify, you’ll be asked to show you’ve completed 36 hours of coursework during the prior three years, including a minimum of 3 hours in each of the following subject areas:

  • Communication and organizational management
  • Financial management
  • Human resources management
  • Operations management
  • Legal industry/business management

And including a minimum of 1 hour in the following subject areas:

  • Business ethics
  • Substance abuse

Substance abuse and business ethics hours are part of the overall 36-hour coursework requirement. However, the minimum 1 hour each of ethics and substance abuse cannot be counted twice. For example, 1 hour of substance abuse coursework, which likely comes from an HR course, cannot be counted toward the 3 hours needed to fulfill the HR requirement.

Credit for Teaching

If you’re an instructor in the legal industry, some of that time can count toward your CLM recertification. In fact, of the 36 hours of continuing education required, 4 of those hours can be earned from teaching a course. The credit is for contact time only and can’t be given for course prep or if you are presenting the same course more than once.  

Credit for Self-Study and Passive Learning Experiences

Of the 36 hours, a maximum of 12 hours of credit can be earned from:

    • Interactive, technology-based self-study program
    • Passive learning experiences such as video conferences or webcasts
    • A combination of interactive, technology-based self-study programs and passive learning experiences

    Videoconferences or Webcasts

    Some fully on-demand/recorded education will be accepted for recertification credit only. This includes passive learning experiences such as videoconferences or webcasts. These programs must still meet the education criteria, including that educational objectives must be published for the program.

    Questions About Recertification? We’re Here to Help

    If you have any questions about recertifying or need to walk through the process, email us at [email protected].
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