ALA Resources

There are many valuable resources available from the Association of Legal Administrators parent organization at alanet.org. Some areas will require your member log in information.

Bookstore:  An extensive collection of books is available for purchase in the areas of Communications and General Management, Client Services and Marketing, Financial Management, Human Resources, Legal Industry, and Office Operations.

Business Partner Legal Marketplace:  Find the specific products and services your firm needs using vendors supportive and experienced in the legal field.

Business Partner Value in Partnership (VIP) Program The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is pleased to offer its line of member benefits, providing an array of resources and services from nationally known companies. ALA members, their employers, and their families have the opportunity to enjoy the savings of special benefits these programs provide.

Career Resources and Articles:  ALA has a variety of Articles & Resources to help legal management professionals develop skills and enhance our career. Job seekers can post their resume or search the database for open positions posted by employers.

Certification 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. 

Compensation and Benefits Survey: With more than 400 pages of information, ALA's Compensation and Benefits Survey includes salary and benefits data from nearly 1,000 law firms across the country with compensation data for 58 individual management positions, plus associate attorneys, legal assistants/paralegals and legal secretaries/administrative assistants. Demographic information allows readers to contextualize the data by organizational size, organizational type, education, region, metropolitan area and more.

Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit.  Created by the ALA Diversity Task Force, the toolkit is designed to be used as a guide to assist in implementing and maintaining diversity initiatives in legal organizations.

Education.  In addition to local chapter seminars, the ALA offers number of other high-quality, competency-based educational opportunities.

eLearning Center. Professional Legal Manager ProgramSM courses are instructor-led online certificate courses designed for those wanting to increase their proficiency in any or all of five key competency areas identified for law firm managers: Human Resources Management, Financial Management, Operations Management, Business Management/Legal Industry, and Communication and Organizational Management.

Podcasts. 

Webinars.

The Foundation of ALA  The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is the charitable, educational and research affiliate of ALA. Through grantmaking, programs and sponsorship, we support grassroots efforts within the Association to improve the profession of legal management

Job Bank.  The ALA Job Bank is an online job bank that connects law firms, corporations, governmental agencies and similar professional service organizations and recruiters with prospective candidates for non-lawyer positions.

New! Job Description Toolkit: ALA's Job Description Toolkit is designed to assist legal management professionals and their employer organizations in drafting job descriptions using the ALA Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS) taxonomy classification/codes. It provides a step-by-step guide for writing job descriptions, including sample job descriptions organized in the areas of Administrative, Finance, Human Resources, Intellectual Property, Legal Support Services, and Marketing and Technology.

Online Communities:  For ALA members-only. Login required. ALA Online Communities are designed for the sharing of information among ALA members around the world. Communities and Forums provide a place to get answers, advice, and brainstorm solutions on shared interests from your ALA colleagues. 

Publications:

Legal Management, a magazine featuring articles about issues facing legal management professionals

BOLD Bites (Business of Law Discussions), an e-newsletter featuring law firm management trends and innovations, member news, and association updates.

Ahead of the Curve, legal management articles aggregated by the Professional Development Committee of ALA (PDAC).

Just the Facts, a newsletter featuring news briefs and updates about ALA's s programs for Chapter leaders.

Reference Library Get answers to your legal management-related questions. The reference center can be found in the Online Communities.

Resources for Chapter Leaders (member log-in required)

Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS): ALA developed a comprehensive system of codes, a taxonomy, that encompasses the wide variety of processes needed to support the practice of law. The UPBMS codes provide a standard framework for legal operations to develop, implement, and maintain successful management and operational strategies, and encourage the use of a common language and approach to legal support operations across the industry.