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Legal Project Management Fundamentals

Legal Project Management Terms, Principles and Practices

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This International Institute of Legal Project Management course is US$297 (normally US$347), and includes video tutorials, student manual and templates. Please note that certain country's laws may cause the price to be increased by an enforced tax rate.

This course is endorsed by the Institute ( to meet the Legal Project Associate (LPA) Certification.

Congratulations for considering to develop your own understanding and expertise in Legal Project Management.

Legal Project Management (LPM) is the application of project management principles and practices to enhance the delivery of legal services. LPM recognises that legal matters are projects, and in order to plan and execute projects consistently and effectively, they should embrace project management practices. This not only increases efficiency, it enables fixed price legal work.

Whilst neither the legal profession nor the project management disciplines are new, there has been a global wave of interest in legal project management practices. So what is the sudden catalyst for law firms to take a project approach to legal matters? Well, it simply comes down to client market demands for fixed priced legal services. The Law Council of Australia set up a Future of the Law Committee who acknowledged that, “…some key disruptive technologies will likely include…project management and workflow systems” (June 2016).

Of course, fixed prices are not the only driver, as law firms become more competitive with a high need for successful delivery of managing complex legal cases, where they are also seeking more efficiency, effectiveness and consistent high quality processes, whilst better managing their own resources and risks.

This course is a prerequisite educational program for attaining the international level of Legal Project Associate (LPA) certification, which can be gained by competing the optional assessment and submitting the LPA certification application with the additional fee (US$147) payment.

This eLearning course will give you insight into the roles, life cycle, knowledge areas and key tools used in Legal Project Management, as an introductory insight towards enhancing the career of legal project managers, lawyers, para-legal professionals, forensic specialists and consultants working in the legal profession or related fields.

The course comprises the following key modules that are supported by both text and video, featuring world renowned project expert Associate Professor Todd Hutchison:

  1. About this Course (includes a downloadable Manual)
  2. Introduction to Legal Project Management
  3. Beyond Just Project Management
  4. The Project Life Cycle for Managing Legal Matters
  5. The Legal Project Management Team Roles and Responsibilities
  6. The 10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management
  7. The Legal Matter Work Breakdown Structure
  8. Legal Matter Project Management Methodology
  9. Budgeting for Legal Matter Fixed Pricing
  10. Key Stakeholder Management and Communications
  11. Risk Management
  12. Professional Recognition in Legal Project Management
  13. Glossary of Terms
  14. OPTIONAL: Gaining the Legal Project Associate certification

This course includes a number of LPM templates that can be downloaded, modified and used in your legal practice, including:

  • Legal Matter Proposal;
  • Simple Project Plan;
  • Work Breakdown Structure;
  • Change Request;
  • Legal Matter Progress Status Report;
  • Communications Management Plan;
  • Risk Management Plan; and
  • Legal Matter Close-Out Report.

This educational experience will help you understand the importance of Legal Project Management to increasing efficiency and delivering a more robust legal matter process.

To gain the Legal Project Associate certification after completing this course will cost another US$147.

Your Instructor

Todd Hutchison
Todd Hutchison

Known as the Corporate Mechanic, adjunct Associate Professor Todd Hutchison is an international bestselling author, certified speaking professional (CSP), global consultant, awarded project manager, and behavioural expert.

Todd leads the global management consultancy and training company Peopleistic, including Peopleistic Legal PM, with offices in Australia, USA and Singapore. He was formally on the international Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and has been recognised as the leading project management expert in the Worldwide Who's Who 'Global 101 Top Experts' publication. His business expertise is recognised by a listing in the Who's Who of Business in Australia.

Todd was the first Fellow of the Project Management Institute in Australia (FPMIA), and also holds fellowships with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA), and Leadership Western Australia (LWA), as well as being an Adjunct Associate Professor with CQUniversity, with adjunct status also at Edith Cowan University and Curtin University. He also is involved teaching at MBA level.

Todd has worked as an advisor, consultant, trainer and practice manager for law firms, and in-house Counsel. He has worked in over 150 organisations across 13 countries, and is the Chairman of the International Institute of Legal Project Management.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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