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.

The 2019 Dates

Test Date: November 4, 2019

Application Deadline: September 4, 2019

The 2020 Dates

Test Date: April 20, 2020

Application Deadline: February 20, 2020

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

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

Jessica A. Beyer, CLM  DeWitt LLPBrookfieldWI
Michelle Campbell, CLMWalzer Melcher LLPWoodland HillsCA
Catherine Harnett, CLM Hammill O'Brien Croutier Dempsey Pender & Koehler, PC SyossetNY
Valerie C. Hayes, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CPPatterson + Sheridan LLPHoustonTX
Lauren A. Larkin, CLMShiver Hamilton, LLCAtlanta GA
Olga Y. Malcolm, CLMFranklin D. Azar & Assoc., PCAuroraCO

Webinars for Application Credits

Listening to these ALA Webinars can help fulfill your CLM education requirements. ALA Members can purchase all ten for $599.

  • 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 certification@alanet.org.