Web-Based Courses

ALA's Web-Based Courses offer 6 weeks of instructor-led sessions paired with independent reading and assignments. Quizzes are required each week to check your comprehension. 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.

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  • FM 2: Financial Information & Analysis (October 12 - November 16, 2021)

    Product not yet rated Contains 30 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/12/2021 at 1:30 PM (CDT)

    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.

    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 credit towards your CLM application or recertification requirements:

    • Functional Specialists: 18 hours in Financial Management
    • CLM Recertification: 18 hours in 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.  

  • 2021 FM Package

    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

  • FM 1: Law Firm Accounting (July 13 - August 17, 2021)

    Product not yet rated Contains 38 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 07/13/2021 at 1:30 PM (CDT)

    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.

    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 credit towards your CLM application or recertification requirements:

    • Functional Specialists: 18 hours in Financial Management
    • CLM Recertification: 18 hours in Financial Management, includes 2 hours of Ethics

    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.  

  • HR 2: Performance Management & Compensation (May 13 - June 17, 2021)

    Product not yet rated Contains 24 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 05/13/2021 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.

    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 6 hours of credits towards your CLM application or recertification requirements:

    • CLM Application: 2 hours in Writing Skills, 2 hours in Communication Skills and 2 hours in Organizational Development
    • Functional Specialist: 18 hours in HR
    • CLM Recertification: 18 hours in HR, includes 1 hour of 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.

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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‚Äôs criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

    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.