The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) was formed in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. ALA provides educational opportunities and services to more than 10,000 members representing more than 5,300 employers in 21 countries. ALA is structured into six regions with more than 100 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and New Zealand.

ALA’s mission is to improve the quality of management in legal services organizations; promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the management team. The association’s members are law office administrators who manage such areas as finance, human resources, systems and technology, facilities, marketing and practice development.

To learn more about the many resources and programs provided by the National ALA at its website.

ALA National Leadership

ALA National Education

ALA National Resources

ALA Certified Legal Manager Certification

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.

Regardless of the stage in your career, certification adds a valuable dimension to your professional development. The CLM exam covers all areas of legal administration, arming you with the knowledge necessary for day-to-day, hands-on involvement in all aspects of managing a law firm or legal department. For more information on becoming certified, visit the CLM section of the National ALA website.


ALA’s nationwide job bank was created for individuals seeking to secure or fill positions within the legal management profession. This program brings together prospective employers and employees from every aspect of the legal marketplace.

Competencies for Legal Administrators

In order to determine the competencies of legal administrators, ALA periodically conducts practice analysis studies. These studies identify the tasks and related knowledge, skill and other abilities (KSAs) required for exemplary day-to-day performance in the profession.

Legal Marketplace

ALA’s Legal Marketplace is a free, one-stop resource for finding business solutions and services that can enhance efficiencies and add value to your workplace. With more than 200 business partners and suppliers, 12 primary solution categories, business partner profile pages, and easy to navigate search functionality, use the Legal Marketplace to make a difference in your work today.

ALA Online Community

The ALA Online Community is a place to connect with fellow members, share ideas and best practices, samples and more. Be sure to visit the Reference Library, where you are connected to researchers and industry veterans who can tap into an ever-growing collection of industry information, including articles, statistics, surveys, Web links, forms and checklists. The reference desk will provide clear, detailed responses to your question, often within one business day of your request, or they can put you in touch with a peer consultant who can provide the type of personal experience necessary when your decision must be made right now.

Retreat Planning Plus

A service of the ALA, Retreat Planning Plus offers extensive meeting planning experience, speaker recommendations, and access to a large selection of hotels and discounted rates.

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