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The demand for legal project managers shows no sign of abating. Over the past few years the growth in legal project management positions has been exceptional.
Generally, legal project manager salaries at large city law firms are in excess of those paid to professional project managers working for organisations in other industries.
Legal project managers work hard for their money. Having sound project management skills alone is often not enough to secure a legal project manager role. Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge of the legal services industry and convince that they can get things done in law firms – not always as easy as it sounds.
In fact the title ‘Legal Project Manager’ masks several different roles within law firms.
Some legal project managers are embedded within legal service delivery teams, and they work along side their practitioner colleagues helping to deliver legal services. Often this kind of legal project manager is a former solicitor, costs lawyer or professional support lawyer.
Other legal project managers are different, with legal project managers being asked to run change projects which directly impact on legal service delivery efforts. These change projects could be, for example, process mapping and improvement, client communication or software assessment and implementation initiatives. Often these legal project managers have a project management background in professional services (not necessarily law firms).
Many legal project managers are asked to fulfill both these kinds of roles, with other duties thrown in as well.
I know of graduates from my courses who have advanced their careers by breaking into the legal services industry or moving to a better position at another law firm to practice as legal project managers.
Internationally recognised training and certification
The International Institute of Legal Project Management (IILPM) has trained and certified legal service professionals as legal project managers in over 27 countries. The IILPM is growing and it is now internationally recognised as providing industry standard accreditation in legal project management.
During the training course you will:
- Be taken through key project management concepts, all placed within the context of legal service delivery
- Acquire IILPM templates so you can start to apply LPM with confidence immediately after training
- Have an opportunity to practice legal project management in a ‘safe space’. The course features workshops and exercises, all of which are facilitated by me (Antony Smith)
- Assess and start to develop your team leadership skills
- Learn how to support process improvement and innovation projects within the firm
- Hear from previous graduates from the course who are applying lessons learned from the course now in their firm / in-house legal department.
After the course you will receive electronic and hard copy certification from the IILPM and be able to use the IILPM logo on your business card, email footer and web page biography etc.
You will also be able to take up to three hours free 1:1 sessions via skype or telephone with me, where you can raise any LPM implementation issues of concern to you. Few things are worse than spending time and money on a training course only to put aside the training documentation and not apply the course back at work. I really do try and help you avoid this.
Many large commercial entities (especially those in the banking and financial services sector) now insist their law firms appoint legal project managers and apply legal project management techniques to their matters. Many such clients are very keen on working collaboratively with their law firms and they believe having legal project managers in place is a necessary condition for successful collaboration.
Having certified legal project managers in you firm / legal department will help convince current and potential clients that you are serious about doing their legal work efficiently, cost effectively and collaboratively.
Still need to convince your manager?
It seems likely that, regardless of the organisation you work in, you are going to have to apply for approval and funding to attend one of my legal project management training courses.
With this in mind, I thought it would help to provide you with some notes which you can use for your application.
Please click on the image adjacent to download a plain MS Word file. This has some text and bullet-points you may like to cut and paste into your course request. Its only a small thing, but I hope it makes your life a little easier.
Good luck with the application.
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