About ALA

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) was formed in 1971 with 100 members to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. Since then ALA has grown to over 10,000 members worldwide, representing more than 30 countries. Below is additional information and links to valuable resources that ALA offers.

ALA Mission Statement

  • promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of all members of the legal management team;
  • improve the quality of management in law firms and other legal service organizations; and
  • represent professional legal management and managers to the legal community and to the community at large.


    ALA Goals

  • Develop and deliver programs and products that will provide high-quality, competency-based education to members of the legal management team;
  • Improve and strengthen the flow of information to and from the members;
  • Enhance the services and benefits available to members;
  • Increase the visibility and credibility of the Association of Legal Administrators and its members in the legal community through effective marketing and communications, and through partnering efforts with the bar and other law-related associations;
  • Retain and recruit members from all components of the legal management team;
  • Maintain the Association's strong economic base;
  • Increase diversity in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations;
  • Promote and continue an organizational structure which clearly and effectively allocates the policy and operational roles and responsibilities of volunteers and staff through Governance Policies that ensure that organizational resources are best-used to achieve the Association's Mission and Goals.

    Certified Legal Manager(CLM)SM Program

    The Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SM certification program identifies qualifed practitioners, ensures recognition of their expertise, and assists in their development and self-improvement by identifying a body of knowledge and establishing professional standards. Based on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of Legal Administrators Study conducted in 1995 and 2000, the certification program allows qualified legal administrators to demonstrate, through an examination process, a mastery of core areas of knowledge identified as essential to the effective performance of a principal administrator. See the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SMProgram on the ALA Web site for details about the program.

    ALA Management SolutionsSM

    ALA Management SolutionsSM is a free, full-time information resource and reference service just for members of ALA. This service brings you customized information to meet your specific needs. You receive exactly the information you need when you need it most. The services included in ALA Management SolutionsSM are listed below with links to additional information on each service. Use the links for additional information and to take advanatage of these services.  These links may require you to enter a login and password.

    ALA Peer Consulting Database, ALA Documents on Demand, ALA Reference Desk