Regular Membership Criteria
- Full-time legal administrators or support managers employed in a private law firm, legal service clinic, corporate legal department, university legal department, governmental legal agency, court system, charitable legal agency or some other organization engaged primarily in the practice of law;
- Practicing lawyers with principal management responsibility in their legal organization;
- Consultants 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 his/her 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.
Please note: A consultant membership is bestowed upon an individual, not a company, and employees of business partner-eligible companies are not considered consultants and are not eligible for consultant membership, unless: a) the individual is performing day-to-day administrative functions at a remote or third party location; or b) the individual is employed as a legal administrator in the corporate legal department of the business organization.
Associate Membership Criteria
Individuals who are interested in legal management but do not qualify for Regular Membership may apply for Associate Membership if they are:
- practicing lawyers with an interest in law firm administration and management;
- individuals engaged in an ongoing employment-type relationship which involves providing continuing management services of the types defined in the bylaws;
- retired Regular Members of ALA who are not otherwise employed;
- unemployed legal administrators who have exhausted their eligibility for Regular Membership who are not serving as consultants or vendors and are actively seeking employment as a legal administrator;
- teachers of business, organizational management, law or law-related disciplines at institutions of higher learning, as well as deans with administrative and management responsibilities at such institutions;
- part or full-time students in any degree program at accredited institutions of higher learning;
- bar association executives with management responsibilities;
- other individuals not specifically excluded from membership who have and demonstrate an interest in the management of law firms and other legal organizations.
Policies governing member participation and benefits shall be determined from time to time by the Board or, as delegated by the Board, the Executive Director.
Membership is not open to vendors or business partners. For purposes of membership eligibility, a business partner is generally an individual (or member of an organization) whose primary function is to market or sell products and/or services to members of the legal community. We value our relationship with business partners and vendors, and encourage them to explore the many opportunities available to join forces with ALA.
For further information on eligibility criteria, please contact ALA at 847-267-1585 or by e-mail to [email protected].
To Apply for Membership in the Association of Legal Administrators, please fill out the two Application forms below. One is for National Membership and the other is for Local Chapter Membership.
1) National ALA Membership:
Individuals interested in joining the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) who meet the criteria for membership are welcome to complete and submit an Application For Membership. An electronic form is provided online at www.alanet.org. (Membership criteria appears in the application form.) There are two ways to apply for membership-- Hard Copy or Online. To apply for membership visit the website (www.alanet.org) here.
For answers to specific questions and/or for more detailed information, please call ALA at 847-267-1252 or e-mail your specific request.
2) Local ALA Membership--Northern Virginia Chapter
The Northern Virginia Chapter serves its members by providing a forum for improving the quality of their profession and that of their law firms through the exchange of information and by providing educational opportunities to administrators and members of their firms.
Individuals interested in joining the ALA Northern Virginia Chapter who have met the criteria for membership (membership criteria appears on the application form) and are members of ALA National are welcome to join. Click on the application, complete the form, print it and mail it with a check for chapter dues to Benjamin S. Sotelo, Firm Administrator, Vaughan, Fincher & Sotelo, PC, 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 400, Vienna, VA 22182.
Please note that this print version of the form is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to be on your computer in order for you to read it. Click on the link below to download a free copy of Acrobat Reader, if you don't already have it.