Certified Legal Manager


Regardless of the stage in your career, certification adds a valuable dimension to your professional development. 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.

Benefits of Certification

Benefits of certification to the individual:
  • Increases knowledge of all areas of legal administration
  • Increases your value to your organization
  • Increases respect and recognition in the industry
  • Increases opportunity for upward mobility
  • Increases marketability and ability to complete in the job market
  • Increases remuneration and job benefits
Benefits of certification to the employer:
  • Increase the level of competency of the individual to manage a law office or department
  • Encourages and improves job performance
  • Increases client confidence knowing the firm or legal department is being run by a certified professional
  • Provides opportunity to acknowledge an individual who has developed a high level of professionalism
  • Serves as an aid for retention and recruitment
  • Increases your value to your organization

Applying for the Exam

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Taking the Exam

The CLM certification exam is now being offered at more than 200 convenient Pearson VUE testing centers across the country. Select an exam site close to home or work, and save minimum time out of the office with little or no travel expense. You can also choose the time of day that you’ll take the exam.

Visit www.alanet.org/education/certification/applying-for-the-exam for additional information about Experience and Employment Prerequisites, to download the CLM Application Guide, and to purchase the ALA Study Guide for the CLM Exam, among other things. 

Chapter Financial Assistance
As an incentive and reward for the hard work in preparing for the exam, the Columbus Chapter will reimburse a Columbus Chapter member the cost of the application and the examination fee upon successfully passing the exam and receiving your CLM designation.
Local Assistance
If you would like more information contact Karen Scurlock, Vice President of membership at  kscurlock@calfee.com 
Additional Information
Check out the following website www.alanet.org/education/certification for additional information on CLM Certification.