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As the local chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, membership in the Pittsburgh Chapter of ALA (PLAA) provides opportunities to network with colleagues and business partners, and offers key educational opportunities to further develop skills required for the effective legal management professional.

  • Education Opportunities
  • Members-Only Communication Opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Compensation and Benefits Survey
  • Certified Legal Manager (CLM) Program
  • Business Partners Program
  • Community Service

If applying September 1 – December 31
If applying September 1 – December 31
If applying January 1 – May 31
If applying June 1 – August 31


Regular Member

Student Member

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Eligibility Criteria: 

Regular Membership Criteria

      • Any individual who demonstrates an interest in legal administration and the management of legal organizations, including legal professionals employed in a private law firm, legal service clinic, corporate legal department, university legal department, governmental legal agency, court system, charitable legal agency or any other organization engaged in the legal industry.
      • Shares interest in and supports the purposes of the Association.
      • Is not affiliated with a business partner or business-partner eligible entity.
      • Consultant to the Legal Industry. A consultant is defined as an individual who does not provide goods, furniture, equipment, supplies, materials, software, technology, insurance, investment instruments or legal industry services directly or through their company; or causes to be provided through a workforce of employees, or is employed by such an entity; AND the individual meets one or more of the following criteria:
        • an individual who is a recognized subject-matter expert within the legal community;
        • an individual whose primary service generally involves the sale of intellectual property, expert advice, coaching or assessment to legal organizations and who engages with multiple and changing clients;
        • an individual who performs ongoing day-to-day administrative functions for one or more companies or firms which would otherwise qualify the individual for Regular ALA membership despite who employs them, including a business partner;
        • an individual who is self-employed as a contractor or operating a self-owned business and performing day-to-day administrative roles for one or more companies or firms, which would otherwise render the person eligible for Regular ALA membership if an employer/employee relationship existed.