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The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) has undertaken an ambitious project to advance the legal management profession by taking the lead to develop a comprehensive system of codes, a taxonomy, that encompasses the wide variety of processes needed to support the practice of law. ALA-UPBMS-Icon-Highres-3x3

Collectively known as the ALA Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS), these codes will provide a standard framework for legal operations to offer, implement and maintain successful management and operational strategies, and encourage the use of a common language and approach to legal support operations across the industry.

High performing legal operations recognize the importance of effectively managing the diverse and increasingly specialized support services required to increase productivity, reduce risk, and improve the quality and value of their services.

To date there has been no universally recognized standard that improves the understanding of how administrative and operational processes are identified, organized and performed within their organizations. The ALA UPBMS creates this standard.

The Standards Review Committee (SRC) is responsible for the maintenance and  interpretation of the Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS). For more information about the SRC,  click here.


Legal consultant Bill Mech joined ALA's podcast to introduce the ALA UPBMS. Listen online or via iTunes to learn about ALA's new UPBMS taxonomy.


We have assembled a list of frequently asked questions here to address common questions about the ALA UPBMS.  Please email us at if you have any additional questions.


ALA would like to thank the development team for bringing the proposed ALA UPBMS to where it is today.  Their hard work toward advancing the legal management profession is sincerely appreciated.

Attributions and Acknowledgements

A fundamental goal of the ALA UPBMS is to leverage the outstanding work being done by others across the legal industry who are engaged in parallel standards development efforts.  While the scope and purpose of these efforts differ, identifying opportunities to link or interface with them will improve the adoption of both standards and increase their respective abilities to foster innovation.