Web-Based Courses

Each web-based course lasts 6 weeks. Each week includes an hour-long instructor-led synchronous session as well as independent reading, a writing assignment and a quiz to check comprehension. The writing assignments are posted in online forums where you will see responses from your fellow legal administrators. The instructor-led sessions are also recorded for on-demand access.

If you successfully complete both HR 1 and HR 2 or FM 1 and FM 2, you are eligible to take an exam for a Legal Management Specialist Certificate.

Member Pricing     Nonmember Pricing
Individual Course$549$679
Package
(Seats in both HR or FM courses)
$999$1249


As these courses have live sessions, they are only available at certain times of the year. The items shown below are open for registration now. If you do not see HR 1, HR 2, the HR Package, FM 1, FM 2, or the FM Package, it is not available for registration now. Please check back soon and keep an eye on email newsletters from ALA for the announcement of future dates.

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  • Product not yet rated Contains 24 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 05/25/2023 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

    Maximize your learning and enhance your problem-solving skills in this facilitated online, scenario-based course that covers developing strategic and operational goals among personnel at a law firm. This course takes a deeper dive on Human resources issues and builds upon items discussed in our HR 1 course. Included are case studies, lectures, readings and assessments to maximize your knowledge base and enrich your problem-solving skills. Termination procedures, employee handbooks, training, motivational techniques, incentives, and substance abuse are covered. Upon completion, you should be able to anticipate and resolve a variety of human resource concerns.

    Maximize your learning and enhance your problem-solving skills in this facilitated online, scenario-based course that covers developing strategic and operational goals among personnel at a law firm. This course takes a deeper dive on Human resources issues and builds upon items discussed in our HR 1 course.  Included are case studies, lectures, readings and assessments to maximize your knowledge base and enrich your problem-solving skills. Termination procedures, employee handbooks, training, motivational techniques, incentives, and substance abuse are covered. Upon completion, you should be able to anticipate and resolve a variety of human resource concerns. The schedule is:

    • Week 1: Appraisal & Disciplinary Procedures
    • Week 2: Employee Handbooks
    • Week 3: Training & Development
    • Week 4: Motivational Techniques
    • Week 5: Incentives & Rewards
    • Week 6: Substance Abuse

    The live sessions will be held on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central Time. These lessons will also be recorded for on-demand access.

    $549 for members and $679 for nonmembers

    Available at a discounted rate as a part of a package

    Audience Level

    Intermediate

    Course Textbook

    This course requires that participants purchase The Big Book of HR by Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem.

    Completing both HR 1 and HR 2 courses gives you access to the Legal Management HR Specialist Certificate Program.

    CLM Credits

    Meet minimum course requirements and earn these credits toward your CLM application or recertification.

    • Application: 5 hours of credit in Organizational Development
    • Functional Specialist Credit: 5 hours of credit in Human Resources Management
    • Recertification: 5 hours of credit in HR Management and 1 hour of credit in Substance Abuse

    Continuing Education Credits

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    Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) The Association of Legal Administrators is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program has been approved for 6 PDCs. Knowledge Domains: HR Expertise; Critical Evaluation; Relationship Management

    SHRM: 22-TQQNJ 

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    HR Certification Institute (HRCI) The HR 2 Course has been pre-approved for 6 hours of recertification credits toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

    HRCI: 580667

    Functional Areas: Total Rewards; Talent Planning and Acquisition; Talent Development and Management

    Course Requirements

    Each course has a start and end date. To receive the course completion certificate and CLM, SHRM and HRCI credits, all weekly assignments must be completed and quizzes passed with a score of 70% or higher by the last day of the course.

    John Jakovenko, CLM, MBA (Moderator)

    Course Instructor

    John Jakovenko, CLM, MBA, is the Firm Administrator at Spark Law. His career spans two decades and includes leadership roles in human resource departments in law firms in Los Angeles and Atlanta. He is also an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University, teaching courses on human resources.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 2 Product(s)

    Enroll in HR 1 & 2: facilitated, online classes to deepen your understanding of law firm human resources. Pass the final exam to earn a Legal Management Specialist Certificate.

    This package provides access to HR 1 & HR 2. Completing the HR 1 and HR 2 courses and passing the certificate exam will help you deepen your knowledge about law firm human resource management, ensure your achievement of the learning objectives, and give you a credential that sets you apart. Learn more about the Legal Management Specialist Certificate which you can earn here

    $999 for members and $1249 for nonmembers

  • Product not yet rated Contains 28 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Do the complexities of financial information and analysis keeping you up at night? This interactive, online program will focus on the budgeting, financial reporting, analysis of cash flow, model building, and variance within a law firm. You will be guided to apply the skills gained in the course by interpreting financial statements, calculating and interpreting various financial ratios, conducting profit analyses, and analyzing comparative financial information across fiscal years. Case studies, lectures, videos, readings, and assessments will be used. Topics include automated financial management systems, alternative fee arrangements, financial controls, computer-based tools for financial analysis and management, client matter budgeting, and electronic billing.

    Do the complexities of financial information and analysis keep you up at night? This interactive, online program will focus on the budgeting, financial reporting, analysis of cash flow, model building, and variance within a law firm. You will be guided to apply the skills gained in the course by interpreting financial statements, calculating and interpreting various financial ratios, conducting profit analyses, and analyzing comparative financial information across fiscal years. Case studies, lectures, videos, readings, and assessments will be used. Topics include automated financial management systems, alternative fee arrangements, financial controls, computer-based tools for financial analysis and management, client matter budgeting, and electronic billing. The following is an outline of the topics:

    • Week 1: Automated Systems
    • Week 2: Financial Methods & Investments
    • Week 3: Financial Analysis Methods
    • Week 4: Budgeting & Variance Analysis
    • Week 5: AFAs
    • Week 6: e-Tools & Billing

     The live lessons will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Central Time. These lessons will also be recorded for on-demand access.

    $549 for members and $679 for nonmembers

    Available at a discounted rate as a part of a package

    Audience Level

    Intermediate

    Course Textbook

    A textbook is NOT required for this course. All reading materials will be provided.

    Cancellation Policy

    All cancellations must be made in writing and submitted via email to elearning@alanet.org. The following cancellation fee scales will apply:

    • After registration but prior to 50% penalty date: $125 fee
    • Four weeks before start of the course: 50% of fee paid
    • Two weeks before the start of the course and thereafter: No refund 

    Completing both FM 1 and FM 2 courses gives you access to the Legal Management Finance Specialist Certificate Program

    CLM Credits

    Meet minimum course requirements and earn 6 hours of CLM credit. This can take the following forms.

    • CLM Application Credit: Organizational Development
    • CLM Functional Specialist Credit: Financial Management
    • CLM Recertification: Financial Management

    Course Requirements

    Each course has a start and end date. To receive the course completion certificate and CLM credits, all weekly assignments must be completed and quizzes passed with a score of 70% or higher by the last day of the course.

    Lisa A. Waligorski, CLM (Moderator)

    Lisa Waligorski, CLM is the Executive Director at Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP. She started her career in a legal assistant/paralegal role, and the past 20+ years have been spent in either an Executive Director or Director of Finance/Controller role.  Her education and background provide experience and knowledge in developing and implementing strategic initiatives, and overseeing organizational operations, finance, human resources, facilities, information technology, and marketing & business development.  Lisa has been a speaker on both law firm accounting and human resources topics.  She has also been an ALA e-learning Law Firm Accounting and Financial Information & Analysis instructor for the past five years.  

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Product(s)

    Enroll in FM 1 & 2: facilitated, online classes to deepen your understanding of law firm financial management. Pass the final exam to earn a Legal Management Specialist Certificate.

    This package provides access to FM 1 & FM 2. Completing the FM 1 and FM 2 courses and passing the certificate exam will help you deepen your knowledge about law firm finances, ensure your achievement of the learning objectives, and give you a credential that sets you apart. Learn more about the Legal Management Specialist Certificate which you can earn here

    $999 for members and $1249 for nonmembers

  • Product not yet rated Contains 27 Component(s), Includes Credits

    If accelerating your professional growth and increasing your ability to contribute to the success of your firm are important to you, this interactive, online educational course is for you. Gain information on the essential areas of recruiting, selecting and promoting law firm personnel through facilitated discussions and on-demand learning that includes case studies, lectures, readings and assessments. 2020 brought about new laws to consider, including whether or not to ask about a candidates salary history, beefed up rules on anti-harassment training in California, and new contribution limits on retirement programs.

    If accelerating your professional growth and increasing your ability to contribute to the success of your firm are important to you, this interactive, online educational course is for you. Gain information on the essential areas of recruiting, selecting and promoting law firm personnel through facilitated discussions and on-demand learning that includes case studies, lectures, readings and assessments. 2020 brought about new laws to consider, including whether or not to ask about a candidates salary history, beefed up rules on anti-harassment training in California, and new contribution limits on retirement programs.

    Topics include U.S. Federal Employment Laws, Employee Benefit Laws, Workers’ Compensation, Anti-Harassment Policy, Qualified Retirement Plans and 401K/Investment Policies. The following is an outline of the topics:

    • Week 1: Hiring Procedures
    • Week 2: Employment Laws
    • Week 3: Employee Benefit Laws
    • Week 4: Benefits & Claims
    • Week 5: Harassment
    • Week 6: Investments

    The live lessons will be held on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central Time. These lessons will also be recorded for on-demand access.

    $549 for members and $679 for nonmembers

    Available at a discounted rate as a part of a package

    Audience Level

    Intermediate

    Course Textbook

    This course requires that participants purchase The Big Book of HR by Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem.

    Completing both HR 1 and HR 2 courses gives you access to the Legal Management HR Specialist Certificate Program

    CLM Credits

    Meet minimum course requirements and earn the following credit towards your CLM application or recertification.

    • Application: 6 hours of credit in Organizational Development
    • Functional Specialist Credit: 6 hours of credit in Human Resources Management
    • Recertification: 6 hours of credit in Human Resources Management

    Continuing Education Credits

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    Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    The Association of Legal Administrators is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program has been approved for 6 PDCs. Knowledge Domains: HR Expertise; Critical Evaluation

    SHRM: 22-A4GUY 

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    HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
    The HR 1 Course has been pre-approved for 6 hours of recertification credits toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

    HRCI: 580665

    Functional Areas: Employee Relations and Risk Management; Talent Planning and Acquisition; Business Management

    Course Requirements

    Each course has a start and end date. To receive the course completion certificate and CLM, SHRM and HRCI credits, all weekly assignments must be completed and quizzes passed with a score of 70% or higher by the last day of the course.

    John Jakovenko, CLM, MBA (Moderator)

    Course Instructor

    John Jakovenko, CLM, MBA, is the Firm Administrator at Spark Law. His career spans two decades and includes leadership roles in human resource departments in law firms in Los Angeles and Atlanta. He is also an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University, teaching courses on human resources.

    David Bottoms

    David Bottoms is President of The Bottoms Group and a Principal of TBX Benefit Partners, a subsidiary of The Bottoms Group focused exclusively on the unique employee benefit needs of employers with more than 5,000 employees.

    David works extensively with employers relating to the structure, funding, and communication of their employee benefit plans. In particular, David is regularly cited as an expert by local and regional publications on healthcare and employee benefit trends and strategy.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 36 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Expand your knowledge of the basic functions of accounting and financial management in this facilitated online program where you will objectively approach and address financial problems. Through case studies, lectures, videos, readings, and exams, you will be guided to evaluate presented resources in relation to your professional experiences and apply effective financial decision-making skills. Topics include types of accounts, federal payroll and employee benefit procedures, tax and reporting requirements, and general accounting procedures, laws, and regulations.

    Expand your knowledge of the basic functions of accounting and financial management in this facilitated online program where you will objectively approach and address financial problems. Through case studies, lectures, videos, readings, and exams, you will be guided to evaluate presented resources in relation to your professional experiences and apply effective financial decision-making skills. Topics include types of accounts, federal payroll and employee benefit procedures, tax and reporting requirements, and general accounting procedures, laws, and regulations. The following is an outline of the topics: 

    • Week 1: General Accounting
    • Week 2: Banking & Investment
    • Week 3: Trust Accounting
    • Week 4: Payroll, Taxes, & Reporting
    • Week 5: Legal Organization Structures
    • Week 6: Special Accounting Issues

    The live lessons will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Central Time. These lessons will also be recorded for on-demand access.

    $549 for members and $679 for nonmembers

    Available at a discounted rate as a part of a package

    Audience Level

    Basic-Intermediate

    Course Textbook

    A textbook is NOT required for this course. All reading materials will be provided.

    Cancellation Policy

    All cancellations must be made in writing and submitted via email to elearning@alanet.org. The following cancellation fee scales will apply:

    • After registration but prior to 50% penalty date: $125 fee
    • Four weeks before start of the course: 50% of fee paid
    • Two weeks before the start of the course and thereafter: No refund

    Completing both FM 1 and FM 2 courses gives you access to the Legal Management Finance Specialist Certificate Program.

    CLM Credits

    Meet minimum course requirements and earn 6 hours of CLM credit. This can take the following forms.

    • CLM Application Credit: Organizational Development
    • CLM Functional Specialist Credit: Financial Management
    • CLM Recertification: Financial Management

    Course Requirements

    Each course has a start and end date. To receive the course completion certificate and CLM credits, all weekly assignments must be completed and quizzes passed with a score of 70% or higher by the last day of the course.

    Lisa A. Waligorski, CLM

    Lisa Waligorski, CLM is the Executive Director at Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP. She started her career in a legal assistant/paralegal role, and the past 20+ years have been spent in either an Executive Director or Director of Finance/Controller role.  Her education and background provide experience and knowledge in developing and implementing strategic initiatives, and overseeing organizational operations, finance, human resources, facilities, information technology, and marketing & business development.  Lisa has been a speaker on both law firm accounting and human resources topics.  She has also been an ALA e-learning Law Firm Accounting and Financial Information & Analysis instructor for the past five years.