Experience and Employment Prerequisites

Meeting the Experience and Employment qualifications is your first step toward achieving certification.

First, determine whether you are a Principal Administrator, or a Functional Specialist (i.e. HR Manager, Finance Manager, etc.). All CLM candidates must fall under one of these two categories at the time of application or have been working in such full-time employment within 36 months from the date of their application:

  • Principal Administrator OR Functional Specialist   

See the 2019 CLM Application Guide for more information on job descriptions and prerequisites.

Second, you must be currently involved in the full-time work of managing a legal organization, such as a private law firm, legal clinic, governmental agency, corporate legal department, or court system or have been working in such full-time employment within 36 months of the date of application.

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Education Requirements

The application process is the first step towards achieving your certification, an achievement that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to confidently walk into any mid-size firm and hit the ground running.

Education Requirements for All Applicants
All candidates must complete, within the 24 months preceding the date of application, at least 2 hours of course work in each of the five (5) Management Categories.  For more information please download the 2019 CLM Application Guide.

Coursework may be completed in any of the competencies or combination of competencies that comprise the category. A maximum of four (4) hours can be obtained in an interactive technology-based self-study program.

Review the guide "How to Determine What Education Qualifies for CLM® Credit" for comprehensive instructions on how to determine what education qualifies for CLM credit.

Additional Education Requirements for Functional Specialists
In addition to the total of 10 hours of educational coursework required of all CLM applicants in the five Management Categories above, candidates who are functional specialists must also provide evidence of having completed, over the 24 months preceding the date of application, an additional 15 hours of educational coursework distributed in subject areas other than the field in which the functional specialist is primarily employed. 

These areas include:

  • financial management;
  • human resources management;
  • legal industry/business management which includes marketing; and
  • operations management which includes information technology and facilities management.

You will also want to download and save a copy of the ‘live’ excel CLM APPLICATION WORKSHEET as you begin to complete your Education Requirements. This worksheet will need to be submitted at the time of application.

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Exam Dates and Deadlines

ALA's CLM exam is now being offered online at Pearson VUE's many testing sites throughout the United States. All approved CLM applicants will receive a unique url and password to register at one of Pearson’s testing locations approximately one month prior to the exam.

Exam DateApplication DeadlineRegistration Begins
November 4, 2019September 4, 2019Open as of January 1, 2019
April 20, 2020February 20, 2020Opens January 1, 2020
November 23, 2020September 23, 2020Opens January 1, 2020

Pearson VUE is the world’s leading test center network, with hundreds of fully owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers. Pearson Professional Centers use a patent-winning design created specifically for high-stakes testing and offers a carefully controlled, consistent testing environment.

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Submitting the Application

The final step to the application process is to complete and submit your application. You can now submit your application online or by mail.

NOTE: Submission of your application does not signify acceptance. Once your application is reviewed, you will receive notification of its status via email.


Submit your application through our secure, online submission system. When completing the online application, please be prepared to:


If paying by check, download and complete the CLM Information/Application Packet and CLM Application Education Tracking Worksheet:

Mail application, check, and worksheet to:

Association of Legal Administrators
CLM Certification Center
PO Box 95583
Chicago, IL 60694-5583

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