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.
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 Fee||Retake Fee||Reschedule Fee||CLM Retired Status|
|1x Fee of $99|
|CLM Maintenance Fee||CLM 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
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, CLM||Fox Rothschild LLP||Morristown||NJ|
|Angelina Angelov, CLM||Russin Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti||Santo Domingo||DN, Dominican Republic|
|Patricia Beams, CLM||Thompson O'Brien Kemp & Nasuti, PC||Norcross||GA|
|Lori Busch, CLM||Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP||Lincoln||NE|
|Wendy Feiner, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP||Fox Rothschild LLP||Las Vegas||NV|
|Paul Gargagliano, CLM, CPA, CGMA||Hill Ward Henderson||Tampa||FL|
|Pamela Groff, CLM||Barnes & Thornburg, LLP||Wilmington||DE|
|Beverly Herring, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP||Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP||Atlanta||GA|
|Peggy Jimenez, CLM||Day Pitney LLP||Miami||FL|
|Karen Kirby, CLM||GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh, LLP||Chicago||IL|
|Natalie Mazzuca, CLM||Tribler Orpett & Meyer, PC||Chicago||IL|
|Jeffrey McGillicuddy, CLM||Lourie & Cutler, PC||Boston||MA|
|Robin McKay, CLM||Underwood Law Firm, PC||Amarillo||TX|
|Shelby Nusrala, CLM, PHR||Martin Leigh PC||Kansas City||MO|
|Janna Styskal, CLM||Bird Marella||Los Angeles||CA|
|Tina White, CLM||Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP||Kansas City||MO|
|Kristy Williams, CLM||McDowell Hetherington LLP||Houston||TX|
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
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].