Welcome to ALA Membership

On behalf of the entire Board and staff, welcome to the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

We are pleased to count you as a member of this vibrant and forward-looking organization. Conference2019-0770 resized

Founded in 1971 by individuals managing legal organizations, we focus on serving the legal management community through our mission:

ALA is the premier professional association connecting leaders and managers within the legal industry. We provide extensive professional development, collaborative peer communities, strategic operational solutions, and business partner connections empowering our members to lead the business of law. 

The following are first steps to engaging and suggestions for ways to begin making the most of your membership!

First Steps: Profile Tabs

  1. Log in to the ALA website using the credentials you established when you joined online. Joined by mail or don't remember? Try to retrieve your credentials online or contact membership@alanet.org for assistance.
  2. Review your profile. When the LOGIN button reads MY ACCOUNT, you are logged in. Click back on MY ACCOUNT and select "Account Details" to review your profile, moving through the various tabs to verify all information is correct. 
  3. Find your Member Items. On the Member Items tab, find your digital ID card with member number and your personalized Membership Certificate, which can be printed and framed as many times as you wish. You will also find a digital member badge for your email signature. 
  4. Discover benefits in your profile pages. The My Media tab shows digital items you may have downloaded. My Directories is where you'll find your Member Directory, Volunteer Profile, Peer Consulting Directory, LegalMarketplace and ALA Staff Directory.
  5. Share Your Expertise. Let us know the areas where you shine and, when you're ready, hone leadership skills by volunteering.

Next: Explore the Website

  • About offers ALA bylaws and policies, leadership and staff directories, ALA strategic plan, diversity and inclusion resources, and Media Center for hot topics.
  • Career Center features a library of career-focused articles along with a job bank for job seekers and job posters. ALA members get a discount on ad placement.
  • Education has everything knowledge-related, including in-person events, online learning, podcasts, research, webinars, books, resource hubs, CLM certification and publications, including Legal Management magazine. 
  • Events is the place to find details for upcoming in-person events and registration. The pages also include past conference information.
  • Membership leads you to an overview of benefits, dues, testimonials and how to join ALA. You can also Find a Chapter, learn about volunteer opportunities and check out the Member Center. Links to the Member Directory and Online Community are here.
  • Online Community can be reached through the "3-red-heads" group icon at the top center of the web page or through the subtopic listing on the Membership tab.

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Easy Ways to Engage

ALA Summit Series Webcasts are a series of one-hour interviews with legal management experts sharing some of their latest insights on topics relevant to the business of law, available at no cost to members.

  • Browse the Solutions Series library of complimentary webcasts from knowledge experts and business partners offering solutions you can implement to enhance your office productivity, boost efficiency or even drive profits.  
  • Listen to ALA’s complimentary, convenient podcasts on demand, featuring respected legal management thought leaders. Gain a new insight or spark an innovative idea!
  • Check out complimentary, prior year on-demand Conference Recordings, available when you are.

COMMUNITY, REFERENCE LIBRARY AND SAMPLES

  • Search the ALA Online Community (login required) for knowledge resources, discussions and samples around specific topics of interest.  
  • Network with colleagues to benchmark, share best practices and examples. All new members receive an initial subscription to the Online Community General Forum, delivered to your email box. To browse the community and sign up for other discussion topics, visit the Online Community, and check out the How-To. Login required. 

JOB DESCRIPTION TOOLKIT

The Job Description Toolkit features 100+ pages with 45 job description samples, helpful tips and guidelines. A $399 value, FREE to ALA members! (Log in to the website to access it.) 

PUBLICATIONS AND CURATED CONTENT

  • Read recommended articles and subscribe to Ahead of the Curve for curated articles of top interest in legal management today.
  • Browse the Legal Management archives for articles related to specific topics of interest. These archives contain a treasure trove of material around the latest industry practices.  

For insights on hot topics trending in legal management, read up on the latest titles in ALA’s white paper library and find complimentary surveys and trend reports on the ALA Research webpage. 

Looking for tools and resources to help you increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Find a Scorecard, Toolkit, samples, links and other resources to support your efforts. 

Need career or hiring tips? Find it here, along with more free resources.

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