INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF
LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Are you looking for effective ways to accelerate your legal project management education?

Are you recognising the marketing power of being internationally LPM certified?

Do you need workplace tools to immediately impact your workplace effectiveness?

Are you wanting to stand out in the busy job market?

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. Actually, it is more than that, it combines project capabilities, technology and process improvement methods to bring greater efficiencies and productivity to any legal practice.

Legal Project Management enables fixed price legal services and alternative fee arrangements, streamlined processes, and increased individual performance and legal project team productivity.

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, and enable a more standardised approach to LPM best practice worldwide.

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GLOBAL LEGAL PM STANDARDS:

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Legal Project Management Framework

(LPM FRAMEWORK)

The IILPM LPM Framework was designed to guide the application of project management into legal practice.

It was designed to recognise the:
• external influencing factors of the legal market, regulatory and commercial factors;
• four phase life cycle stages of define, plan, deliver and close;
• key functions and elements under each phase;
• productivity tools and enabling approaches; and
• people and organisational capability elements.

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Competency Framework (LPMCF)

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:

- five key project management-related competency frameworks published by global and national professional bodies;
- project management-related competency frameworks published by government entities;
- project management-related competency frameworks published by private sector entities having commercial models;
- project management competencies being defined in legal profession regulatory competencies;
- market evidence from legal practice based on skills detailed in job advertisements);
- LPM-related position descriptions of actual legal project practitioners in the industry; and
- a survey instrument that gained industry engagement feedback from global LPM experts in nine different countries.

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.

INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PM CERTIFICATION

The International Institute of Legal Project Management provides a pathway to gain internationally-recognised certification that allows graduates to stand out in a busy marketplace as being trained in legal project management.

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) .

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To apply for the LPA certification, an applicant is required to have completed either: the 2 day IILPM ‘Applied Legal Project Management’  course delivered by an IILPM Accredited Training Provider; or the online IILPM ‘Applied Legal Project Management’ course.

The LPA certification is a pathway for those starting in the legal profession or new to legal project management.

The LPA certification is not a prerequisite for the LPP, and the candidate can later continue their training to gain the LPP certification once they have met the LPP workplace prerequisites, requiring the completion of an upgrade course.

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.

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.

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To apply for the LPP certification, an applicant is required to either have completed at least a 3 day (21 hours) IILPM an ‘Advanced Legal Project Management’  course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider or the online ‘Advanced Legal Project Management’ course, and must be one or more of the following:

  • a qualified lawyer (with or without a practice certificate);
  • completion of an IILPM ATP-delivered university program;
  • working in a law firm for at least one year;
  • working with internal Legal Counsel for at least one year; and/or
  • working with law firms in the capacity of an adviser, consultant or trainer for at least one year.

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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS

The International Institute of Legal Project Management provides both face-to-face and online educational options towards gaining global certifications or an internationally-recognised qualification.

We aim to provide practical and immediately useful knowledge, tools and techniques, backed by the academic rigor of a Government-endorsed educator.

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ONLINE LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (eLEARNING COURSE)

Are you too busy to take time out to train?

Are you in a country not covered by an Accredited Training Provider?

Do you need to be fast-tracked in legal project management?

Do you need global LPM certification to stand out?

Are you seeking a Government-approved qualification?

Option 1: Applied Legal Project Management (US$697)

This eLearning course is designed for those working in legal project teams or supporting legal matters. It includes 20 key learning modules, over 20 videos and 12 downloadable workplace modifiable templates to use, meeting the educational prerequisites to gain the Legal Project Associate (LPA) global LPM certification.

This online applied and practical-focused course covers:

1. About the Course
2. Introduction to Legal Project Management
3. Beyond Project Management Principles
5. PM Standards and the 10 PM Knowledge Areas
6. The Legal Matter Life Cycle
7. The Legal Matter Categories
8. Legal Project Management Methodologies
9. Legal Project Team Roles and Responsibilities
10. An Introduction to the Work Breakdown Structure
11. Matter Scope Management
12. Matter Schedule Management
13. Matter Cost Management
14. Implementing Fixed Price Legal Services
15. Implementing Values-based pricing
16. Matter Human Resource Management
17. Matter Quality Management
18. Matter Communication Management
19. Matter Stakeholder Management
20. Matter Procurement Management
21. Matter Risk Management
22. Professional Recognition in Legal Project Management

Watch the Video to Learn more about the LPM Professional Development Pathways

Option 2: Advanced Legal Project Management (US$1,297)

This eLearning course is designed for those leading legal matters. It includes over 30 key learning modules, over 38 videos and 40+ downloadable workplace modifiable templates to use, meeting the educational prerequisites to gain the Legal Project Practitioner (LPP) global LPM certification and the Diploma of Project Management.

This online advanced and practical-focused course covers:

1. About the Course
2. Introduction to Legal Project Management
3. Beyond Project Management Principles
4. Artificial intelligence in Law
5. PM Standards and the 10 PM Knowledge Areas
6. The Legal Matter Life Cycle
7. The Legal Matter Categories
8. Legal Project Management Methodologies
9. Legal Project Team Roles and Responsibilities
10. An Introduction to the Work Breakdown Structure
11. Matter Scope Management
12. Matter Schedule Management
13. Matter Cost Management
14. Implementing Fixed Price Legal Services
15. Implementing Values-based pricing
16. Matter Human Resource Management
17. Matter Quality Management
18. Matter Communication Management
19. Matter Stakeholder Management
20. Matter Procurement Management
21. Matter Risk Management
22. Leading People
23. The Basics of Body Language
24. Behavioural Modelling
25. Issues Management
26. Variation (Change) Management
27. Lessons Learnt Management
28. Implementing Legal Project Management
29. Legal PM for In-House Counsel
30. Legal PM for Litigation
31. Legal Project Management Offices
32. Agile Project Management
33. Professional Recognition in Legal Project Management

The Advanced LPM eLearning program offers 24 hours a day access from any where in the world.

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The Advanced Legal Project Management online course also comes with a physical educational package that will be couriered to your address and includes:

- A4 500+ page hardcopy manual;
- A5 LPM Implementation Guide;
- 45+ templates on a USB; and
- Engraved pen.

This gives you a complete educational package and the tools to immediately impact your workplace environment and set you up for career success.

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GLOBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

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, LPP
Councillor (Chair), Australia

Todd Hutchison is an international bestselling author, global business consultant, and a behavioural and project management specialist. He works with the Balfour Meagher law firm located in Perth, Western Australia.

He holds adjunct positions with Edith Cowan University and Curtin University, and also teaches in MBA programs.

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 pre-eminent 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 was the first person to complete a degree in legal project management worldwide.  He also 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, contract management, 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, LPP FIILPM
Councillor, United Kingdom

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, LPP FIILPM
Councillor, Spain

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, LPP FIILPM
Councillor, United States

Caitlin “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 training and consulting with legal professionals to implement legal project management and agile workflows into a variety of legal 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.

Cat is Director of Innovation Design at Vanderbilt Law School, where she designs the JD innovation curriculum and teaches human-centered design, law as a business, legal operations, and technology courses such as blockchain and smart contracts.

She also serves as founder and director of the PoLI Institute, Vanderbilt Law’s platform for executive education training, including legal project management, to practising legal professionals.

LARRY BRIDGESMITH, LPP FIILPM
Councillor, United States

Larry Bridgesmith J.D.is CEO of LPM Alignment and  Legal Alignment LLC and listed as one of America’s Best Lawyers, among the Leading Lawyers for American Businesses and SuperLawyer.

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 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.

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ACCREDITED TRAINERS

The Institute providers high quality and internationally experienced educators. The following people are LPP certified and Institute accredited trainers.

Antony Smith
FIILPM LPP
Cat Moon
FIILPM LPP
Harald Evers
LPP
Larry Bridgesmith
FIILPM LPP
Anna Marra
FIILPM LPP
Gustavo Carmona
LPP
Ignaz Fuesgen
LPP
Todd Hutchison
LPP
Jacui Baldwin Jarvis
LPP

GLOBAL ACCREDITED TRAINING PROVIDERS

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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AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND

BALFOUR MEAGHER

Asia Pacific is supported by Balfour Meagher.

Click here to go to their website.

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GERMANY, AUSTRIA and SWITZERLAND

LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Germany, Austria and Switzerland is supported by Legal Project Management Training.

Click here to go to their website.

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MEXICO, COLOMBIA and ECUDOR

CYBG MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador is supported by Gustavo Carmona.

Click here to go to their website.

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SOUTH AFRICA and Surrounding Nations

AVUKA TRAINING AND COACHING

South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria and Swaziland is supported by Ignaz Fuesgen.

Click here to go to their website.

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SPAIN and ITALY

ANNA MARRA

Spain and Italy is supported by Anna Marra.

Click here to go to her website.

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UNITED KINGDOM and IRELAND

LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT LTD 

The United Kingdom and Ireland is supported by Legal Project Management Ltd.

Click here to go to their website.

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UNITED STATES and CANADA

LPM ALIGNMENT 

The United States and Canada is supported by LPM Alignment.

Click here to go to their website.

ABOUT US

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Law firms were being forced in a competitive marketplace to create budgets and to offer fixed price quotes, and then having the issue of delivering on those promises effectively to maintain profit. They needed better use of technology and processes that would guide good behaviours and get results. The project management toolbox had all the answers and almost overnight legal project management discipline was born.

Today, legal project management is being used to combine project practices, together with technology enablement and process improvement techniques. Together, they offer higher productivity for the law firm, improved management practices, and ultimately greater profits.

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The International Institute of Legal Project Management was initially formed by the coming together of legal project management experts from the nations of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Spain and Australia. It all started with research into how legal project management was being deployed across 9 different countries, where no standards or consistency was found to be in place.

The Legal Project Management Global Advisory Council (LPMGAC) was formed as a steering committee to the research, leading to the publication of the Legal Project Management Competency Framework (LPMCF), which was co-authored by the Institute.

It was actually during the LPMCF research that it became evident that a worldwide certification body would be needed to enable the adoption of the quality certification model to drive the standardisation. The research findings led to the establishment of the IILPM certifications and benchmark  qualifications.

Our focus is to develop professional people to lead legal matters as educated, qualified and certified legal project practitioners. This effectively ensures quality people and quality outcomes.

The Legal Project Management Framework was created in 2018 to guide the key focus elements of actual LPM practice to provide a more standardised approach to implementing LPM.

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A key part of the Institute is bringing together like-minded individuals and  IILPM Accredited Training Providers organisations who share what we value:

  • Professionalism – we value those who act as professionals recognizing the importance of appropriate behaviour, presentation and mindset ;
  • Integrity – we value those who act with integrity, and are honest, trustworthy and stand behind their actions, honouring the trust clients place on them;
  • Knowledge – we value the importance of expert knowledge and the need to share that knowledge for the betterment of others, the law profession, and society at large;
  • Accountability – we value those who take accountability and responsibility for their actions and relationships;
  • Positive Change – we value the intent of the profession to lead positive and sustainable change in workplaces; and
  • Community Exchanges – we value professional peers and work colleagues who are part of our professional development and workplace teams.

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The Accredited Training Providers together provide a global associate model to offer international law firms easier access to consistent and high level education, and a global method to allow their legal project practitioners to be certificated to the same standards.

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RECOGNISED GLOBAL FELLOWS

Fellows are independent and long-standing experts in legal project management that have been recognised for their outstanding contributions and leadership to the discipline.

Aileen Leventon LPP & Fellow (USA)
David A. Rueff Jr. LPP & Fellow (USA)
John Grant LPP & Fellow (USA)
Mark Friston LPP & Fellow (UK)
Micah Ascano LPP & Fellow (USA)
Roger Quick LPP & Fellow (AUS)
Shaun Plant LPP & Fellow (NZ)
Susan Raridon Lambreth LPP & Fellow (USA)

UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS

The Institute supports innovative law schools who recognise the need to build the legal project management skills in their students to be more industry ready. The following universities utilise the Institute's accredited expert trainers to educate their students and allow them to gain our international certification.

IE Law School
Swansea UK
Vanderbilt University
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