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Feature Article

What Can ALA Membership Do for You?

By Theresa Wojtalewicz, ALA Staff, Sr. Manager of Content Strategy

As a member of ALA, you have access to 18,256 Online Community threads, 136 files for use in the Reference Library, more than 95 hours of live education, 78 hours of online education, 10 issues of Legal Management with 83 pieces of original content and much more. Remind your fellow chapter members of these benefits, and renew your membership today to continue to receive these and other great advantages! Here's how to get the most out of your membership.

Continuing Education: The Annual Conference & Expo offers nearly 100 sessions on legal industry trends and development and unparalleled networking for more than 3,000 legal management professionals, business partners and experts. Online, ALA provides webinars and e-learning to help law office staff stay up to date on their skills and earn continuing education credits.

Certification: ALA's flagship credential is the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® program, which enables legal management professionals to prove to employers and colleagues beyond the law office their mastery of 56 key competencies across several industry-specific disciplines. Coming soon! The CLM Study Guide is nearing completion and will be available in the next month.

Thought Leadership: Published 10 times a year, Legal Management is ALA's award-winning educational magazine, providing insights from legal industry thought leaders about trends and challenges that lie ahead. The Legal Management Talk podcast delivers 15- to 20-minute episodes featuring interviews with leading speakers, authors and ALA leaders. BOLD Bites is a weekly informational newsletter distributed to members' emails (a print edition is mailed out every month).

Networking with Peers and Business Partners: Members are invited to join local or online chapters, connect with one another on social media and seek opinions and solutions via the Online Community forums. ALA's directories help you find members, suppliers and peer experts; the Legal Marketplace connects members with business partners, whereas the Value in Partnership (VIP) program provides exclusive discounts and benefits.

Career Help: Members in search of a new position or exemplary candidates can consult the Job Bank, which posts ads for jobs ranging from legal secretaries to chief operating officers. The Career Center offers a variety of resources to help law offices in need of management and job seekers trying to find that next step in their career.

Diversity Tools and Resources: Diversity and inclusion are considered critical elements in hiring and maintaining a dynamic, harmonious workplace. A collection of resources helps law firms measure their diversity and inclusivity and implement best practices for improving workplace culture.

Research: Every year, the Association publishes the Compensation and Benefits Survey to make key data about legal management positions available to members and law offices. ALA also conducts additional surveys and occasionally creates white papers.

Looking for campaign ideas, lapsed member and/or local law firm lists and other resources? Check out the new Value of Membership videos on ALA's YouTube page. Please contact for further assistance. Wishing you every success with future membership recruitment campaigns!

Does your chapter have a similar offering? Are you looking to create one for your chapter? Email us at to let us know.


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