Certification is defined as a credentialing process by which a profession grants recognition to an individual who meets certain predetermined qualifications specified by that profession.

Why certification?

ALA's voluntary Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program was developed in order to provide legal administrators with an opportunity to demonstrate a command of the core areas of knowledge identified as essential to the effective performance of a principal administrator.  CLM's are recognized as administrators who have met the work experience requirement, displayed a committment to continuing education and passed a comprehensive examination.

What does competency mean?

in 2012, ALA conducted its fourth Competency-Based Education Job and Needs Analysis.  Through this extensive research, ALA investigated the job of a legal administrator and identified an impressive 65 competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) critical to successfully perform the administrator's job.  These analyses are the guidelines used in the development of ALA's educational and certification programs.

How does becoming certified benefit me?

Certification ensures recognition of your expertise, and assists you in your development and self-improvement by identifying a body of knowledge and establishing professional standards.  In addition, certification helps junion-level professionals gain top-level management approval, while enabling senior practitioners to remain current in the field and improve their performance and efficiency.

How does this benefit my employer/organization?

Certification serves as an aid for recruitment, provides a way to encourage and improve job performance for its employees, and acknowledges training and development of those who are certified.

What must I do to become certified?

To become certified, ALA members or non-members must meet the eligibility requirements and pass the certification examination given by the Association of Legal Administrators.  Legal administrators in Canada and other countries are eligible to become certified, but must realize that major portions of the examination are based on U.S. federal law.