About ALA

Association of Legal Administrators

Formed in 1971, the Association of Legal Administrators is an international association based in the United States with nearly 10,000 members worldwide, representing more than 30 countries. 

The legal management profession supports and enhances the practice of law.  Legal management professionals assist attorneys with management and administration allowing them the time to provide quality legal services.  Management responsibilities include finance, human resources, facilities, systems and technology, marketing, project management, and practice development. 

Link to ALA parent organization ("headquarters"): alanet.org

ALA Strategic Plan

ALA is the undisputed leader for the business of law, focused on the delivery of cutting-edge management and leadership products and services to the global legal community. We identify and provide solutions to the most critical strategic and operational challenges our members and customers face today, while we prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.

Since 2008, the legal industry has experienced dramatic and historic change.  We have seen unprecedented law firm mergers and acquisitions; increased demands by corporate clients for greater efficiency, transparency, and cost control; the rise of new organizations providing legal services; rapid changes in technology; the creation of new legal management roles; and the introduction of the largest living generation into the workforce.  To help legal management professionals conquer these new challenges, the Association of Legal Administrators adopted an ambitious strategic plan to position ALA as the undisputed leader in the business of law. 

Our vision, to position ALA as the undisputed leader in the business of law, remains the same. Over the next three years, we will focus on five strategic goals:

  1. Define our Identity: As the legal management profession changes and evolves, ALA must clearly define its role and leadership in the industry. Establishing and communicating a compelling and engaging identity is essential to achieving our long term vision.

  2. Increase Member and Business Partner Value: ALA has a long history of delivering essential resources, knowledge and networking to its members and business partners. With increasing competition, ALA must continue to build and enhance its reputation for value.

  3. Enhance Industry Thought Leadership: Leadership in the business of law requires that ALA take an active role in addressing key issues facing the profession and advance positions to elevate the critical role legal management professionals play in the industry.

  4. Advance Legal Management Professional Development: As legal management professionals face increasingly complex challenges, ALA must develop educational programs, resources and networking opportunities to provide them with the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed.

  5. Build Community and Engagement: ALA members and business partners have identified networking and community as the most valuable benefits of their involvement in the organization. Building on that strong foundation is essential to our continued, long-term success.

ALA's 2017-2020 Strategic Plan (member login required).

Code of Professional Responsibility

As legal management professionals, members of ALA shall abide by high ethical standards. This ALA Code of Professional Responsibility sets forth standards for the administration of legal management practices. Legal administrators at all levels have a responsibility to uphold and incorporate these standards into their everyday performance. This Code applies to the administration of legal organizations including private firms, corporate legal departments, legal clinics, government agencies, and courts.

Responsibilities to the Profession of Legal Management:

  • Uphold the ALA Code of Professional Responsibility and the mission of the Association of Legal Administrators;

  • Conduct oneself with integrity and project a positive image of the legal management profession;

  • Pursue continuing education to maintain a high level of proficiency in management procedures and issues;

  • Promote initiatives for civic, economic and social well-being within our communities; and

  • Advocate increased diversity in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations.

Responsibilities to the Legal Employer and its Employees:

  • Foster an environment that promotes the use and improvement of sound business practices where all employees can develop, contribute and prosper;

  • Be truthful and forthright in all forms of professional and organizational communication;

  • Report financial information promptly, completely and accurately, and in a manner that facilitates informed decision making;

  • Implement policies and procedures to address professional responsibility, business ethics and conduct; 

  • Establish an appropriate grievance and appeals process tailored to the legal organization's size and structure; and

  • Promote a work environment that does not discriminate, intimidate or allow harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, veteran's status, marital status, sexual orientation or other legally protected characteristics.

Responsibilities to those Outside the Legal Organization:

  • Respect the customs and practices of clients, prospective clients, business partners and the community at large;

  • Avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest and advise all appropriate parties of potential conflicts;

  • Refrain from soliciting or accepting any fee, commission, gift, gratuity, discount or loan on behalf of oneself, family or friends, that may influence business decisions;

  • Ensure the existence of policies and procedures to provide quality client service;

  • Utilize confidential and proprietary information solely for legal practice or management purposes and not to further private interest or personal profit; and

  • Support outreach activities that cultivate pro bono assistance and law-related public education to meet community needs.