Preparing for the CLM Exam

The multiple-choice examination contains 100 tested questions and 25 pilot questions covering topics detailed in the Content Outline of the Body of Knowledge in the application packet. The practice analysis upon which this outline is based was accomplished with the assistance of an independent testing contractor, the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO).

  • While the CLM program has applicability to all those who are, or aspire to be, principal legal administrators, job requirements for principal administrators working in different environments are not exactly the same.
  • The content of the CLM examination is targeted to an individual who is expected to have day-to-day, hands-on involvement in each of the Body of Knowledge areas listed.
  • Persons passing the CLM examination should have the depth and breadth of knowledge and management skills that would enable him or her to visit any 30 to 50-attorney law office, review practices and procedures, and be conversant about, and offer advice in, each of the areas listed in the Body of Knowledge without relying on others. 

Study Guide [new] 

The Study Guide for the CLM Exam Practice Questions, Preparation and Reviews will help you assess your readiness for the exam and develop a study plan.

The study guide contains comprehensive information relating to the four functional areas covered in the exam, along with review questions and a 100-item practice exam.  

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Other Potential Study Resources

No single resource is adequate to prepare for the exam. Potential reading material that is representative of sources for writing test items is available in the latest exam application.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

ALA holds CLM exams twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall.

Current exam schedule:

Testing Center

ALA's CLM exam is offered online at Pearson VUE's many testing sites throughout the U.S. All approved CLM applicants will receive a unique url and password to register at one of Pearson’s testing locations approximately one month prior to the exam.

Pearson VUE is the world’s leading test center network, with hundreds of fully-owned and -operated Pearson Professional Centers. Pearson Professional Centers use a patent-winning design created specifically for high-stakes testing and offers a carefully controlled, consistent testing environment.

For a complete list of testing sites, see

*CLM is a service mark of the Association of Legal Administrators