Regardless of the stage in your career, certification adds a valuable dimension to your professional development.

ALA's Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® program provides the opportunity to demonstrate you have mastered the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate at a high level of expertise in the field of legal management.

We recognize that many CLMs and CLM candidates will have great difficulty acquiring in-person CLM credits due to travel restrictions imposed in numerous states, the absence of the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo, and likely changes to firm policies concerning travel or professional development for the remainder of the year. For some, this combination of unique circumstances may make it impossible to gain the credits they need to recertify or apply for the exam.  

Therefore, ALA is temporarily removing the 12-credit cap on self-study and passive learning experience credits. This means that anyone recertifying in June or November 2020, and anyone applying for the November 2020 exam, can earn all needed credits via self-study or passive learning experiences.

If any other issue precludes you from fulfilling recertification or application credit requirements, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]. We will work with you during this difficult time to help you maintain or gain ALA’s CLM, the only legal management credential that demonstrates expertise in the field.

Thank you.

The 2020 Date

Test Date: November 23, 2020

Application Deadline: September 23, 2020

The 2021 Dates

Test Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Application Deadline: March 18, 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Application Deadline: September 16, 2021


Exam FeeRetake FeeReschedule FeeCLM Retired Status 

Member: $529

Member: $259

Member: $159

1x Fee of $99

Nonmember: $629

Nonmember: $259

Nonmember: $159

CLM Maintenance FeeCLM Recertification Fee
$59 due annually by your spring or fall certification date — except in the year in which you recertify.$189 due every 3 years on your spring or fall certification date.


Study Guide for the CLM Exam

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Congratulations to Our New CLMs

Please join us in congratulating our new CLMs on their outstanding achievement! Obtaining CLM certification shows great initiative and dedication to the profession, and demonstrates the mastery of a highly proficient legal administrator

Elli Albert, CLMFox Rothschild LLPMorristownNJ
Angelina Angelov, CLMRussin Vecchi & Heredia BonettiSanto DomingoDN, Dominican Republic
Patricia Beams, CLMThompson O'Brien Kemp & Nasuti, PCNorcrossGA
Lori Busch, CLMCline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLPLincolnNE
Wendy Feiner, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CPFox Rothschild LLPLas VegasNV
Paul Gargagliano, CLM, CPA, CGMAHill Ward HendersonTampaFL
Pamela Groff, CLMBarnes & Thornburg, LLPWilmingtonDE
Beverly Herring, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCPFinnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLPAtlantaGA
Peggy Jimenez, CLMDay Pitney LLPMiamiFL
Karen Kirby, CLMGoodSmith Gregg & Unruh, LLPChicagoIL
Natalie Mazzuca, CLMTribler Orpett & Meyer, PCChicagoIL
Jeffrey McGillicuddy, CLMLourie & Cutler, PCBostonMA
Robin McKay, CLMUnderwood Law Firm, PCAmarilloTX
Shelby Nusrala, CLM, PHRMartin Leigh PCKansas CityMO
Janna Styskal, CLMBird MarellaLos AngelesCA
Tina White, CLMShook Hardy & Bacon, LLPKansas CityMO
Kristy Williams, CLMMcDowell Hetherington LLPHoustonTX

Webinars for Application Credits

Listening to these ALA Webinars can help fulfill your CLM education requirements. ALA Members can purchase all ten for $289.

  • Cloud Computing 2.0: The Next Wave of Technology for Law Firms
  • Communicating with Impact - Women in the Workplace
  • Creating Proactive Leadership
  • Cyber Liability Insurance - What You Need to Know
  • Five Principles of Productive Email
  • Mindful Mentoring
  • Part 1: Mapping - the Essentials of a Powerful Process Improvement Tool
  • Part 2: Mapping - Expanding on the Essentials of a Powerful Process Improvement Tool
  • Speak Like a Leader: Communicating with Confidence and Clarity
  • Trimming the Fat

Demystifying CLM

While ALA’s Certification Committee members have been hard at work writing exam items, they’ve also been working to demystify the certification process, writing on such topics as how exam items are written, scored and reviewed. We hope these articles are helpful to demystify your journey to obtaining CLM certification. For all CLM inquiries, please contact [email protected].