Certified Legal Manager (CLM) Program

Take Your Career to the Next Level with the CLM Credential

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 exam is offered twice a year in the spring and fall and you can conveniently take it online from your home or office. The spring dates are May 16–22 and the fall dates are November 14–20. Review all the key dates for these and 2023 here

certification-read-more 150x150 Still on the fence about getting certified? Check out “Certify Your Career in the January 2022 issue of Legal Management. CLMs discuss their certification journey and how sitting for the exam boosted their legal management careers. 


Congrats to Our Newest 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.

Amanda Carol Booth, CLMMoore & Alphin, PLLCRaleighNorth Carolina
Cody Holtz, CLMOppenheimer Investigations Group LLPBerkeleyCalifornia
Misty Howser, CLMDavies Pearson, PCTacomaWashington
Valerie Lohr, CLMSchochor and Staton, PABaltimoreMaryland
Bonnie L. McClarren, CLMFrost Brown Todd LLCDallasTexas
Jennifer E. Mulhall, CLM, SHRM-CPTroutman PepperPhiladelphiaPennsylvania

DirectoryLooking for someone to connect with or want to see who has earned this credential near you? Be sure to check out our complete list of CLMs by visiting our Certified Legal Manager Directory. If you are already a CLM, find out how you can become a CLM Ambassador. Email [email protected] for more information.

For a quick, content-packed overview of the CLM program, watch the following video:

We've got all the information you need to start your CLM journey. These links will help get you started:

What Is the CLM Program

Question markWondering what the fuss is about? Find out what certification is, what your journey might look like and how the exam comes to be here

Why Become a CLM


Hear from your fellow legal administrators who dedicated themselves to becoming certified on the ways in which it has impacted their career and lives.



Interested in the CLM? Find out about the structure and content of the exam here.




Find the requirements to apply for the CLM exam, upcoming test dates and fees and the information you need to apply now.

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Education Credits


In addition to your work experience, applying or recertifying for the CLM credential requires continuing education credits. Read about these requirements and find links to key ALA resources here.

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Incomplete Circle

Congratulations on your designation as a Certified Legal Manager! Find out how to recertify, how to keep the credential in retirement and find the materials needed to do either of these here.

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