What Kind of Training Would Suit You Best?
I provide on-site training for law firms and other legal service organisations.
I also run public courses, which are open to individual subscription.
Please continue reading for further information about both on-site and public courses.
On-Site Training Courses
On-site training is usually bespoke, although I suggest a good starting point for discussion is for you to have a look at my standard 3 day public courses and then consider what topics you would like me to cover.
I stress that this is a starting point. I am flexible concerning course content, delivery and scheduling.
My on-site training can range from short introductory seminars about legal project management through to training lasting several days including workshops and exercises.
I appreciate that different organisations have different training needs and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss these with you.
If you are considering on-site legal project management training, please contact me for a discussion and quote.
Public Training Courses
I also regularly deliver 3 day legal project management training courses which are open to individual subscription.
The purpose of the courses is to show how project management techniques can be best applied in the context of legal service delivery.
At the end of each course attendees become certified and registered as Legal Project PractitionersTM with the International Institute of Legal Project Management (IILPM) provided they meet the LPP prerequisite of having worked in the legal services industry for at least one year. Alternatively, people relatively new to the legal services industry can become certified Legal Project AssociatesTM.
- Written notes covering all topics referred to in each course.
- A full set of slides and graphics (the latter are really useful for understanding key project management concepts).
- Templates which can be used to execute key tasks found in legal project management.
- Practical workshops: my public courses have practical workshops and exercises baked in. Experience shows these really help students better understand key concepts and develop their legal project management skills. I usually recommend that any in-house training should also include workshops and exercises whenever possible.
Course Outcomes for Students
Students can be assured of receiving high quality IILPM accredited training, leading to legal project management certification which should enhance their careers in the legal services industry.
Students attending my public courses will learn about, and get workshop practice applying, project management techniques such as: project planning, risk management, scoping, estimation, scheduling, resource planning and quality management.
In addition, students are also introduced to Agile techniques, process improvement (using process mapping) and the application of I.T to legal project management.
All of the above is always taught and explained with reference to legal practice and procedure. I am a non-practising solicitor and I enjoy placing project management firmly within the context of legal practice. I do this by presenting students with legal scenarios and then helping them apply project management and process improvement techniques to situations typically encountered by legal service delivery organisations.
Course Outcomes for Law Firms and Organisations Employing In-House Lawyers
- With certified Legal Project PractitionersTM and Legal Project AssociatesTM on your staff you will be able to demonstrate to existing and prospective clients that you take legal project management seriously.
- For clients this should translate directly into improved legal service delivery where communications are improved and costs are controlled more effectively.
- You will also demonstrate to your staff that you value their career progression by providing time and encouragement for them to become certified Legal Project AssociatesTM or Legal Project PractitionersTM.
Course Outcomes for Consultants and Project Managers outside the legal services industry
Recruitment literature from firms in the City of London show they pay between £60,000 – £90,000 per year to good legal project managers. Little wonder then that project managers outside the legal services industry are attracted to the idea of becoming legal project managers. It is possible for people with no specific legal industry experience to become certified Legal Project AssociatesTM. Becoming a Legal Project AssociateTM should prove an excellent means of demonstrating commitment a career in the legal services industry.
Consultants with experience of working in the legal services industry can demonstrate their interest and skills in legal project management by applying to become either a Legal Project AssociateTM or, more relevantly perhaps, a Legal Project PractitionerTM.
Competency Based Training
The Solicitors Regulation Authority now expects all solicitors practicing in England and Wales to demonstrate competence in core project management skills (see Section D of the SRA’s Competence Statement for Solicitors).
The SRA’s Competence Statement was one of many international standards relating to lawyers and project management examined by the International Institute for Legal Project Management (IILPM) during the process of creating its Legal Project Management Competency Framework (LPMCF).
The IILPM also conducted its own research, including contributions from LPM thought leaders and practitioners in 9 countries (including the U.K) and analysis of recruitment material from law firms seeking new legal project managers and related professionals.
The purpose of all this was to make sure that IILPM accredited trainers, courses and certifications were all properly validated and aligned to meet the real needs of professionals in today’s legal services market.
By adhering to IILPM standards I help develop the competence of legal service professionals through skills based training courses.
Self Assessment Of Your Legal Project Management Skills
The SRA’s competency based regime, which became compulsory for all solicitors from 1st November 2016, requires solicitors to conduct a self-assessment of their skills and then devise a training programme to help improve their skill set.
I thought it might be of interest for solicitors (and others) to have a legal project management skills self-assessment form to hand, including the skills and behaviours referred to in Section D of the Competence Statement.
Please feel free to download the form.
If you are in a country which does not have an IILPM ATP, or you need some training about legal project management immediately, the IILPM can still help you.
The IILPM Chair, Todd Hutchison, has created an online course about legal project management.
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