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.

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 2021, and anyone applying for the May or November 2021 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 2021 Dates

Test Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021*

Application Deadline: March 18, 2021

*Big CLM exam news! YOU can now take the exam from your home or office. Click here to learn more.

Test Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Application Deadline: September 16, 2021

The 2022 Dates

Test Date: Monday, May 16, 2022
Test Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022


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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CLM Webinar Bundle

This bundle includes 10 on-demand recordings to help you prepare for the exam. It includes materials that meet all 5 of the Management Skill Categories: IT, Writing, Organizational Development, Communication Skills and Self-Management. When completed, this bundle satisfies the 10 hour requirement for the CLM application. It costs $279 for members and $479 for nonmembers. 

CLM Webinar Bundle


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.

Maria T. Black, CLMOgletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC
Margaret T. Burke, CLMKolibri Law Support SolutionsBostonMA
Stacie Hedrick, CLMWelborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, PCDenverCO
Katherine Mary Hubbard, CLMMadigan Dahl & Harlan, PAMinneapolisMN
Yolanda Irby, CLMMiller & Martin PLLCAtlantaGA
Jennifer P. Jordan, CLMCooley LLPSeattleWA
Katie Sheldon, CLMIce Miller, LLPChicagoIL
Ashley O'Shurak, CLMShafer Law FirmMeadvillePA
Daniel Peracchi, CLMLewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLPTampaFL
Taryn Y. Scott, CLMKovitz Shifrin & Nesbit, PCMundeleinIL
Desiree Shestakofsky, CLMDuffy Kekel, LLPPortlandOR
Pete Tass, CLMFabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson, PAMinneapolisMN
Janet Tipton, CLMHolland & Hart LLPAnchorageAK
Teresa J. Walker, CLMWaller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLPNashvilleTN
Jane Michelle West, CLM, SHRM-SCP, SPHRThe Bassett FirmDallasTX
Francis E. Zeiger III, CLMFoley & Lardner LLP
Karin Bangerter Wiborn, CLMNicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLPSan FranciscoCA

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].