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 premier professional association connecting leaders and managers within the legal industry. We provide extensive professional development, collaborative peer communities, strategic operational solutions, and business partner connections empowering our members to lead the business of law.

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).