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Certified Legal Manager (CLM)

The Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program allows a qualified legal administrator to demonstrate, through an examination process, a mastery of core areas of knowledge identified as essential to the effective performance of a principal administrator. Regardless of the stage in your career, becoming certified adds a valuable dimension to your professional development. This achievement can help to instill greater confidence in your abilities and identifies you as an experienced legal manager who understands the unique issues of managing a law firm or legal department.
Certification Summary
Examination Papers & Topics
The certification process contains 4 parts; years of experience, education prerequisites, passing a 100 question exam, and endorsing the ALA Code of Ethics.
A certification program validates mastery of a set of competencies. A principal administrator has to have the depth and breadth of knowledge and management skills to be conversant in a broad body of knowledge. Some of this skill comes with experience. Therefore, when the program was established, it was decided that a minimum of three years experience be required for a principal administrator and 5 years for a functional specialist.


Examination Style
The exam contains 120 questions, but your test score will be based on only 100 questions. The additional 20 questions are being validated for use on future exams.
Examination Passing Score
The CLMSM program uses a modified Angoff strategy for scoring the exams. This is a standard approach in the certification testing industry. In this process, each question on a particular exam is reviewed and rated. The averages are tabulated and a passing score is determined. Because questions may vary in their level of difficulty, a passing score could vary slightly from one exam to another based on the difficulty level of the questions selected for each exam. The statistics are analyzed carefully to ensure that these slight fluctuations are within testing standards and that the passing score is an acceptable one for a 100 question exam.
Examination & Results Dates

Exam Date
Application Deadline
October 8, 2009
St. Louis, MO
(in conjunction with the Region 3 Conference)
August 17, 2009
October 8, 2009
Baltimore, MD
August 17, 2009
October 8, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
August 17, 2009
May 2, 2010
Boston, MA
March 15, 2010

Areas of Specialization
  • Legal
Professional Body Association of Legal Administration
Location of Incorporation United States