Become a Certified Legal Manager

ALA’s Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SM 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.

The journey to attaining the CLM designation includes meeting the experience-and education-based eligibility requirements, passing a 100 question, multiple-choice examination, adhering to ALA’s code of ethics, and fulfilling the continuing education/recertification requirements.

Passing the CLM examination demonstrates you have the management skills, and the depth and breadth of knowledge that would enable you to visit any 30- to 50-attorney law office, review practices and procedures, and be conversant about and offer advice in all areas of legal administration without relying on others.


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

  • Identifies you as a dedicated and experienced legal manager who understands the unique issues of managing your firm or legal department
  • Demonstrates your expertise in legal management and extraordinary commitment to the profession
  • Establishes you have what it takes to contribute to your firm’s success

Why not commit this year to achieving certification? As some of our CLMs have so passionately told us it could be one of the best things you do for yourself!

PSALA is a CLM Approved Provider Program participant. Many of our education programs are eligible for CLM credit.

Learn much more about CLM history, certification process, study guides, and exam dates at ALA’s website, or download the information and application brochure


*Becoming a Certified Legal Manager is strictly voluntary, and is open to all qualified legal administrators, members and non-members alike.



We congratulate the following active chapter members and alumni on their excellent achievement!

Ann Callahan, CLM, Human Resources Manager, Helsell Fetterman LLP

Kati Dunn, CLM, Executive Director, Riddell Willams P.S.

Carol Anne Nitsche, CLM, Administrator, Karr Tuttle Campbell

Barbara J. Paige, CLM, Legal Support Manager, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

Marc G. Reynolds, CLM, Executive Director, Summit Law Group, PLLC

Barbara Schaefer, CLM, Alumni

Robert G. Stevens, CLM, Chief Operating Officer, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.

Richard L. Wood, CLM, Accounting Manager, Summit Law Group, PLLC

Misty Howser, CLM, Davies Pearson PC 

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