Professional Development in
Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement

We have trained and certified lawyers in 49 countries

through a network of accredited training providers in 13 countries

The International Institute of Legal Project Management represents an award-winning worldwide community of legal professionals with graduates in 49 countries that are focused on the practical application of legal project management and legal process improvement practices to improve legal matter delivery and legal service operations. The Institute has university partners in 5 countries offering education to help their students achieve global certifications, and a network of Accredited Training Providers in 13 countries offering face-to-face education.

Legal project management is defined as the “application of project management principles and practices to enhance the delivery of legal services”.  Through our research of legal practitioners working in LPM in 9 countries, the phrase is used to encompass not only project tools and techniques to legal practice, but to also include legal process improvement methods, enabling technology, and a focus on the people dynamics. 

Good legal service delivery requires effective systems and processes. Legal process improvement is defined as, “a structured methodology for optimizing legal and business processes, so that legal professionals can deliver high-quality, cost-effective services in less time and with less effort.” 

Welcome to the International Institute of Legal Project Management

Todd Hutchison ⎪ IILPM Chairperson

We are a worldwide organisation of legal project management and legal process improvement experts focused on improving legal matter planning and delivery, and efficiencies in legal operations.

We provide research, publish global practice guides and frameworks, develop workplace tools and deliver practical education that leads to internationally-recognised qualifications and global certifications.

We help lawyers and other legal professionals build their legal project management competencies and globally recognise their expertise.

IILPM Global Advisory Council

The IILPM Global Advisory Group comprises LPM experts from six countries that provide governance, strategic oversight and quality assurance to the Institute.

Todd Hutchison


Antony Smith

Deputy Chairman
United Kingdom

Larry Bridgesmith

United States

Anna Marra


Ignaz Füsgen


Karen Skinner

LPIP Advisor

International Legal PM Certification

Legal Project Associate (LPA)

The Legal Project Associate™ (LPA) certification recognises a person with introductory knowledge about Legal Project Management and has the ability to either support legal matters or work in the legal matter project team (i.e. a legal project team member – not the legal project manager).

Legal Project Practitioner (LPP)

The Legal Project Practitioner™ (LPP) certification recognises a person with practitioner level knowledge about Legal Project Management and has the ability to lead legal matters as a legal project manager. This is the premier global certification for a legal project manager.

Legal Process Improvement Professional (LPIP)

Legal Process Improvement Professional™ (LPIP) certification recognises a person with process improvement knowledge and expertise to assist in the process mapping and improvement initiates focused on both the legal practice processes (legal operations) and legal matter processes (legal matters).

Global Accredited Training Providers

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Competency Model

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