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ALA UPBMS Project

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) has undertaken an ambitious project to advance the legal management profession by taking the lead to offer 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 provide a standard framework for legal operations to develop, 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.

Prior to the release of version 1 of the UPBMS, there had 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 created this standard.


Check out the UPBMS Public Comment portal to
offer suggestions to improve the UPBMS


Download the UPBMS

The UPBMS is available in Excel, Word and PDF formats.


Articles and Posts Articles & Posts

Links to articles, posts and podcasts that discuss the merits/best use of task codes and the technological implications.

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