Welcome to the International Institute of Legal Project Management.
We are a worldwide association of legal project management experts combining both lawyers and professional project managers. We provide education, internationally-recognised qualifications, global certifications and ongoing support to build your legal project management competency and promote your expertise.
Legal Project Management (LPM) is the application of project management principles and practices to enhance the delivery of legal services. It is actually more than that, it combines project capabilities. technology and process improvement methods to bring greater efficiencies and productivity to the legal firm.
The value of quality project practices helps law firms remain profitable through:
- clear scope development and change management;
- managing their own risks and being responsive to resolve project issues;
- consistently delivering quality outcomes even during peak workloads periods;
- better utilising technology and process improvement methods;
- building stronger teams with clear accountabilities; and
- improving client and key stakeholder relationships.
We strive to bring together and support the growing community of legal project practitioners.
Get instantly trained in Legal Project Management principles at anytime and in any country through our eLearning program featuring adjunct Associate Professor Todd Hutchison LPP.
This eLearning course can be accessed 24x7 and offers video tutorials, downloadable student manual and LPM templates.
This course can lead to the Legal Project Associate certification (application fee is an additional US$147).
This course provides a full student manual, 14 topics, over 9 videos and 8 project templates.
1. About this Course (includes a downloadable Manual)
2. Introduction to Legal Project Management
3. Beyond Just Project Management
4. The Project Life Cycle for Managing Legal Matters
5. The Legal Project Management Team Roles and Responsibilities
6. The 10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management
7. The Legal Matter Work Breakdown Structure
8. Legal Matter Project Management Methodology
9. Budgeting for Legal Matter Fixed Pricing
10. Key Stakeholder Management and Communications
11. Risk Management
12. Professional Recognition in Legal Project Management
13. Glossary of Terms
14. Gaining the Legal Project Associate certification
The Business Education Institute, an Australian Government approved registered training organisation specialising in project management, and the International Institute of Legal Project Management worked with industry to develop the internationally-recognised Legal Project Management Competency Framework™ (LPMCF).
The LPMCF was formed by research of:
The LPMCF represents an international standard that sets out the competency skills for both the Legal Project Associate and the Legal Project Practitioner levels, and provides a guideline for training curriculum for use by universities, colleges and private training providers for legal project management-based education, certification and qualifications.
To apply for the LPA certification, an applicant is required to have completed at least a 2 day IILPM approved training course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider.
The LPA certification is not a prerequisite for the LPP, and the candidate can continue their training at a later stage to gain the LPP certification one they are in a legal project practitioner role.
A person having completed another high quality LPM training may be able to apply for Recognised Prior Learning to meet the educational prerequisite. Simply contact the Institute to enquire about RPL.
The cost of certification application is US$147.
Click IILPM_LPA Application_1.00 to download the LPA application form.
The Legal Project Professional™ certification recognises a person with practitioner knowledge about Legal Project Management and has the ability to lead legal matters as a legal project manager.
To apply for the LPP certification, an applicant is required to have completed at least a 3 day IILPM approved training course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider, and must be either:
A person having completed another high quality LPM practitioner training may be able to apply for Recognised Prior Learning to meet the educational prerequisite. Simply contact the Institute to enquire about RPL.
The cost of certification application is US$177.
Click IILPM_LPP Application_1.00 to download the LPP application form.
The LPM Global Advisory Council comprises LPM experts from four different countries.
The Council was originally formed as the Steering Committee for the LPM Competency Framework standard, and has continued as an advisory group to the Institute.
Councillors are listed from the Chairperson and thereafter by alphabetical order by first name.
Todd Hutchison is an international bestselling author, global business consultant, and a behavioural and project management specialist. He resides as an adjunct Associate Professor in project management at CQUniversity, and holds adjunct positions with Edith Cowan University and Curtin University.
Todd was the inaugural Fellow of the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Australia, and formally resided on the international Board of Directors of PMI, as well as the National Chairman of the Australian PMI Council, and WA PMI Chapter President. He has been recognised as a preeminent business leader by WA Business News, a leading business mentor in Asia Pacific by Millionaire Books, and was recognised in the Top 101 Industry Experts specialising in project management.
Todd has an MBA and a Master of Commerce (Information Systems), studies law and is progressing a PhD in organisational and project performance. He is also qualified in engineering, training and professional coaching. Relating to project management, he has an Advanced Diploma in Project Management, a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Master Project Director (MPD), a Master Project Coach (MPC), and a Legal Project Practitioner (LPP).
Antony Smith is a solicitor by training with post-graduate level qualifications in law, project management and computing. Antony is a member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM), and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
He is Prince II qualified (Practitioner level) and a Legal Project Practitioner (LPP). He has enjoyed project based roles at Pinsent Masons, School of Law Kings College London, Berrymans Lace Mawer and Axxia / LexisNexis, where he spent just over 10 years in the role of Strategic Project Manager. Antony started his commercial career during the first wave of legal AI as a legal expert system developer.
Antony has since successfully managed project support for complex international commercial disputes, the use of computers in courtrooms and the implementation of practice management and workflow systems in a wide range of law firms. Antony has been called a ‘completion expert’ and during his career he has implemented many legal support projects which have been innovative and strategically important to the sponsoring organisation.
Antony is the founder of Legal Project Management Limited.
Anna Marra is a consultant and trainer in planning and management of strategic, operational and legal projects for law firms and corporate legal services departments. Passionate about people and rights, she graduated from the University of Studies of Milan and she joined the Varese Bar Association in 2004.
Due to her interest in international relations, she progressed a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Institute of International Policy Studies in Milan (ISPI-Milan) and carried out her first collaborative experiences in organizations such as the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London and the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations (UNDCP) in Vienna.
She has been contributing to the development of educational and legislative actions on ethics and corruption prevention as the Executive Director of the Italian Chapter of Transparency International, publishing manuals such as “L’etica aziendale”, “Ethics and performance in the Public Administration” and “Ethics and sport”, in which it deepens the relationship between social and criminal / administrative responsibility of organizations and their economic results.
She have been living in Spain since 2006, dedicating herself with enthusiasm especially to the consultancy of legal projects. She graduated in the Strategic Project Management Program by the Instituto de Empresa (IE), and wanted to merge her legal knowledge with project methodologies, proposing an innovative approach in the management of legal issues and becoming a benchmark in Legal Project Management.
Author of the book “Legal Project Management: techniques to innovate in the legal market” and of the Blog “Lawyer and Project Manager” (Lawyerpress), she is the Director of LPM Programs at Law School of Instituto de Empresa and Associate Professor of Cloister.
Cat Moon is a fifth generation lawyer and spent 18 years working with start-ups as a legal and strategic counselor. From these clients, she learned the process and benefits of agile project management and radically transformed the profitability and efficiency of her own practice by integrating these principles into her workflow. In 2010, she began working with other legal professionals to introduce project management and technology into legal workflows in many settings.
Understanding that effective change management and a focus on user-centered design of implementation are crucial to successful adoption of LPM, Cat’s expertise is in the relational side of LPM training. Cat has a masters in communication and extensive experience in using human-centered design thinking in the design and implementation of project management in legal settings. She co-founded LPM Alignment.
Cat co-teaches legal project management with Larry Bridgesmith at the Vanderbilt Law School where she also will be teaching a course in design thinking. She collaborates on technology and design thinking projects with Nashville-area innovation hubs such as Vanderbilt’s Wondr’y and Make Nashville, and is an organizer of Vanderbilt Law’s Music City Legal Hackers.
With Larry and CTO Adel ElMessiry, Cat co-founded Legal Alignment, a project management consultancy and legal tech startup building DASH, the world’s first AI-powered, interoperable legal workflow platform.
He is a member of the International Academy of Mediators and of the Dispute Resolution Section Council of the American Bar Association. Larry has served in management roles for boutique and mid-sized law firms throughout his career.
He founded the Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management and served as its inaugural Executive Director. He coordinates the Program on Law and Innovation at Vanderbilt School of Law.
Larry holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate and is an adjunct professor in legal project management, conflict management and mediation at Vanderbilt University School of Law, Belmont University Massey Graduate School of Business, The Nashville School of Law and the Albany Medical School Alden March Institute for Biomedical Ethics.
In 2013, Larry was awarded the Grayfred Gray Award for Public Service in Mediation by the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee. His practice in facilitation and training in organizational change management has taken him across the country and around the world.
Together with Cat Moon and Adel ElMissery, Larry co-founded LegalAlignment LLC to provide legal project management services and technology support through DASH, an artificially intelligent legal productivity management technology which provides interoperability with a lawyer’s preferred set of legaltech support tools.
We recognise the following LPM experts as Fellows of the Institute from their personal contributions to the discipline.
Accredited Training Providers have been approved by the Institute as to having met the high standards for quality legal project management education.
Their approved courses are aligned to the Institute's certification and graduates can apply for LPA or LPP certification.
They are listed below in alphabetical order by Country or Region.
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