The Certified Legal Project Manager® program

In 2010, LegalBizDev introduced the first LPM certification specifically designed to meet the unique needs of busy lawyers and legal staff. Our Certified Legal Project Managers® now work at firms ranging in size from eight lawyers to over 4,000 lawyers, in the US and overseas. Certification is based on a self-paced distance learning program which requires a minimum commitment of 40 hours over approximately six months.

“I strongly recommend the Certified Legal Project Manager program to any lawyer who is interested in developing or improving their project management skills.  The curriculum of readings is very interesting and the program is well thought out.  These days, clients want to make sure their firms deliver quality management of cases that drives a better value for them, and firms want to improve the bottom line.  This program will help lawyers accomplish both.” – Stacy D. Ballin, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
“The Certified Legal Project Manager program produced immediate and genuine benefits for our firm.  The readings helped me to clarify which concepts from the project management literature would be most helpful to us.  And the detailed discussions of exactly how to apply those concepts helped me to develop checklists and templates to plan and manage fixed price arrangements.  These tools are now helping us to better define scope, to manage the work to deliver high quality while staying within budget, and to get new business.” – Elizabeth Harris, Founder, Harris Cost Lawyers
“In the Certified Legal Project Manager program, I studied selections from several textbooks on project management, then analyzed how these concepts could help our firm provide more value to clients and protect profitability.  In the case study portion, I worked with a legal project management expert to develop templates to increase efficiency for certain types of secured financings, including working agendas, forms for communicating with clients, and budget estimate spreadsheets.  These tools will help us give clients better price guidance, and increase the consistency of the services we provide.” – D. Fraser MacFadyen, Partner, Stewart McKelvey

For background, see:

Reuters item about the first lawyers to complete certification

More details about the first lawyers to complete certification

National Law Review article by two Squire Sanders lawyers in our certification program

Law360 article on certification

Press release: LegalBizDev announces the first certification program for legal project managers

Press release: Lawyers begin new program to become certified as project managers

Questions and answers about Certified Legal Project Managers® – Part 1

Questions and answers about Certified Legal Project Managers® – Part 2

Questions and answers about Certified Legal Project Managers® – Part 3

Master Certified LPM Coach™ program

The Master Certified LPM Coach™ program.  This is designed for people who would like to increase profitability and client satisfaction by using our proprietary LPM tools and coaching process to change lawyers’ behavior.  It is designed for people who already have a strong background in LPM and are looking for ways to increase their impact.

To be admitted to this program, applicants must have a minimum of:

  • One year of experience applying LPM in a law firm, or
  • Completion of our Certified Legal Project Manager® program

This self-paced distance learning program requires a commitment of at least 60 hours over approximately six months.  For more details, download a description of the MASTER CERTIFIED LPM COACH™ PROGRAM.


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