National Credential
Credential: Certified Legal Manager (CLM)
Credentialing Agency: Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), Certified Legal Manager (CLM) credential is an intermediate level certification for professional legal office managers. CLMs provide office management support; they supervise work in legal offices. CLMs are expected to have competence in financial management and accounting, human resources management and development, office services management, information systems management, and an awareness of trends in the legal industry. Candidates for the CLM are required to meet educational, experiential, and ethical qualifications and they must pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Legal Manager (CLM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 27D Paralegal Specialist MOS other          
Warrant Officer 270A Legal Administrator WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Legal Manager (CLM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
8700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
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Chicago, IL  60631-3512
Phone: (847) 267-1252
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Certified Legal Manager (CLM)

Candidates are required to have at least 2 hours of coursework in the following areas:

  • Writing Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Management Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Organizational Development

Coursework may be completed in any of the competencies or combination of competencies that comprise the category. The CLM Certification Program Information and Application Packet provides details about competencies and categories. A maximum of four (4) hours can be obtained in an interactive technology-based self-study program.

Candidates who have functional specialties (HR, Finance, Facilities, etc.) must complete an additional 15 hours of coursework in designated areas other than their field of specialty.

Candidates must be currently involved in the full-time work of managing a legal organization, such as a private law firm, legal clinic, governmental agency, corporate legal department or court system, or have been working in such full-time employment within 24 months of the date of application.

Candidates who are principal administrators must have at least three years of experience as an exempt-level principal administrator or as a branch office manager of a law firm or law office.

Candidates who are functional specialists, such as the manager of Human Resources, Finance, Facilities, Information Systems or Marketing, must have at least five years of experience, three of which must be in a supervisory position.

The Certified Legal Manager (CLM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must endorse the Association of Legal Administrators' Code of Ethics in writing.

Certified Legal Manager (CLM)

  • Financial Management (31%)
    • General Accounting
    • Financial Information and Analysis
  • Human Resources Management (33%)
    • Employee Selection and Promotion
    • Performance Management and Compensation
    • Organization Development
  • Legal Industry/Business Management (19%)
    • Legal Industry
    • Business Management
  • Operations Management (17%)
    • Technology/Automation Management
    • Operations

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Legal Manager (CLM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Legal Manager (CLM)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Legal Manager (CLM) credential has the following recertification information:

To maintain certification, candidates must provide evidence of having completed a total of 36 hours of coursework during the prior three years, including a minimum of three (3) hours in each of the following subject areas:
  • Communication and Organizational Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operations Management
  • Legal Industry/Business Management
As part of the total 36 hours, candidates must complete:
  • A minimum of 1 hour in business ethics
  • A minimum of 1 hour in substance abuse