Balfour Meagher offer Legal Project Management (LPM) training to lawyers, as Australasian’s only Accredited Training Provider for the International Institute of Legal Project Management (IILPM).  The IILPM has trained and certified lawyers in over 40 countries, specialising in legal project management, process improvement and legal team performance.

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What is Legal Project Management?

Legal Project Management is the application of project management principles and practices to enhance the delivery of legal services. In fact, it is much more than that, as the research into the Legal Project Management Competency Framework found that it includes technology enablement, process improvement and people leadership (team dynamics). It creates both high performing people and guidance by great systems and process.

LPM recognises that legal matters are projects, and to be able to be planned and executed consistently and effectively, they should embrace appropriate project management tools and practices. This not only increases efficiency, it enables fixed price legal work.

The value of project practices also helps ensure that law firms remain profitable through:

  • clear scope development and change management;
  • managing their own risks and being responsive to resolve project issues;
  • consistently delivering quality outcomes even during peak workloads periods; and
  • improving client and key stakeholder relationships.

What Training Courses does Balfour Meagher Offer?

The following training courses are available:

  • 0.5-day Legal Project Management Insights that provides a non-accredited fast paced introduction to the core principles and practices of Legal Project Management;
  • 1-day Legal Project Management Essentials that provides a non-accredited fast paced hands-on introduction to the core principles and practices of Legal Project Management;
  • 1-day Creating a High Performing Team that provides an insight to the individual and team behavioural styles using the Extended DISC Behavioural tools and brings the neuroscience of success to a legal working environment. This includes the option of one-on-one behavioural debriefs;
  • 2-day Applied Legal Project Management that focuses on the practice of LPM and leads to the internationally-recognised Legal Project Associate™ (LPA) certification; and
  • 3-day Advanced Legal Project Management  that focuses on the advanced practice of LPM from a legal project manager perspective and leads to the internationally-recognised Legal Project Practitioner™ (LPP) certification.  This is an extra day building on the Applied Legal Project Management course.

About the 2-day Applied Legal Project Management Course

Course Overview:

This 2-day practical hands-on training course is focused on developing your knowledge and skills to perform in, or support, legal matters and internal legal projects.

Who Should Attend:

  • Lawyers;
  • Project Managers (not legally qualified);
  • Practice Managers;
  • Paralegals;
  • Other Legal Professionals; and
  • Legal Consultants and Trainers.

Alignment to the Global IILPM Certification:

This course enables you to achieve the Legal Project Associate™ (LPA) certification that is a perpetual globally-recognised certification that reflects the competency of a legal project team member.

Education Formats:

This course is available in face-to-face, in-house customised, fully eLearning or blended training.

Workplace Templates:

The training includes workplace templates.

Course Contents:

Day 1

  • Introduction to Legal Project Management
  • IILPM LPM Framework
  • Legal Matter Scoping
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Legal Matter Scheduling
  • IILPM Pricing Framework
  • Legal Matter Costing
  • Client Pricing Options

Day 2

  • Legal Matter Human Resourcing
  • Quality Management
  • Risk Management
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communication Management
  • Managing Legal Matter Delivery
  • Matter Progress Tracking
  • Issues Management
  • Closing the Legal Matter

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To view the equivalent online eLearning course click here.

About the 3-day Advanced Legal Project Management Course

Course Overview:

This 3-day practical hands-on training course is focused on developing your knowledge and skills to perform in the role of Legal Project Manager who plans and leads legal matters or internal legal projects.

Who Should Attend:

  • Lawyers;
  • Project Managers (not legally qualified);
  • Practice Managers;
  • Other Legal Professionals; and
  • Legal Consultants and Trainers.

Alignment to the Global IILPM Certification:
This course enables you to achieve the Legal Project Practitioner™ (LPP) certification that is a 5-year globally-recognised certification that reflects the competency of a Legal Project Manager. Certification application costs US$177.

To gain the LPP certification, you must have one or more of the following:

  • be a qualified lawyer;
  • working in a law firm for at least one year;
  • working with internal legal counsel for at least one year; and/or
  • working with law firms in the capacity of an adviser, consultant or trainer for at least one year.

Workplace Templates:

The training includes workplace templates.

Course Contents:

Day 1

  • Introduction to Legal Project Management
  • IILPM LPM Framework
  • Legal Matter Scoping
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Legal Matter Scheduling
  • IILPM Pricing Framework
  • Legal Matter Costing
  • Client Pricing Options

Day 2

  • Legal Matter Human Resourcing
  • Quality Management
  • Risk Management
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communication Management
  • Managing Legal Matter Delivery
  • Matter Progress Tracking
  • Issues Management
  • Closing the Legal Matter

Day 3

  • Variation (Change) Management
  • Lessons Learnt Management
  • Legal Project Management Office Function
  • Legal Design Thinking
  • Lean and Process Improvement
  • Technology and Artificial Intelligence
  • Agile Project Management
  • Legal Project Team Dynamics
  • Legal Team Professional Development
  • Legal Team Behavioural Performance
  • Leadership Skills

Download our course brochure.

To view the equivalent online eLearning course click here.

About the Applied Legal Project Management Course

This eLearning course is designed for those working in legal project teams or supporting legal matters. It includes 20 key learning modules, over 20 videos and 12 downloadable workplace modifiable templates to use. It meets the educational requirements of the IILPM Legal Project Associate™ certification (LPA).

Course Contents:

  1. About the Course
  2. Introduction to Legal Project Management
  3. Beyond Project Management Principles
  4. PM Standards and the 10 PM Knowledge Areas
  5. The Legal Matter Life Cycle
  6. The Legal Matter Categories
  7. Legal Project Management Methodologies
  8. Legal Project Team Roles and Responsibilities
  9. An Introduction to the Work Breakdown Structure
  10. Matter Scope Management
  11. Matter Schedule Management
  12. Matter Cost Management
  13. Implementing Fixed Price Legal Services
  14. Implementing Values-based pricing
  15. Matter Human Resource Management
  16. Matter Quality Management
  17. Matter Communication Management
  18. Matter Stakeholder Management
  19. Matter Procurement Management
  20. Matter Risk Management
  21. Professional Recognition in Legal Project Management

To view the Applied Legal Project Management online eLearning course click here.

About the Advanced Legal Project Management Course

This eLearning course is designed for those leading legal matters. It includes over 30 key learning modules, over 38 videos and 40+ downloadable workplace modifiable templates to use. It meets the educational requirements of the IILPM Legal Project Practitioner™ certification (LPP).

Course Contents:

  1. About the Course
  2. Introduction to Legal Project Management
  3. Beyond Project Management Principles
  4. Artificial intelligence in Law
  5. PM Standards and the 10 PM Knowledge Areas
  6. The Legal Matter Life Cycle
  7. The Legal Matter Categories
  8. Legal Project Management Methodologies
  9. Legal Project Team Roles and Responsibilities
  10. An Introduction to the Work Breakdown Structure
  11. Matter Scope Management
  12. Matter Schedule Management
  13. Matter Cost Management
  14. Implementing Fixed Price Legal Services
  15. Implementing Values-based pricing
  16. Matter Human Resource Management
  17. Matter Quality Management
  18. Matter Communication Management
  19. Matter Stakeholder Management
  20. Matter Procurement Management
  21. Matter Risk Management
  22. Leading People
  23. The Basics of Body Language
  24. Behavioural Modelling
  25. Issues Management
  26. Variation (Change) Management
  27. Lessons Learnt Management
  28. Implementing Legal Project Management
  29. Legal PM for In-House Counsel
  30. Legal PM for Litigation
  31. Legal Project Management Offices
  32. Agile Project Management
  33. Professional Recognition in Legal Project Management

The Advanced Legal Project Management online course also comes with a physical educational package that will be couriered to your addresses and includes:

  • A4 500+ page hardcopy manual;
  • A5 LPM Implementation Guide;
  • 45+ templates on a USB; and
  • Engraved pen.

This gives you a complete educational package and the tools to immediately impact your workplace environment and set you up for career success.

To view the Advanced Legal Project Management online eLearning course click here.

The International Institute of Legal Project Management offers two global certification levels:

  1. Legal Project Associate (LPA) – designed for those supporting legal matters and working in legal teams. It requires the completion of the face-to-face or online Applied Legal Project Management course. The LPA has no workplace prerequisites; and
  2. Legal Project Practitioner (LPP) – designed for those leading legal matters or aspiring to that role. It requires the face-to-face or online Advanced Legal Project Management course.  To progress to the LPP there are also workplace prerequisites that require, being one of more of the following:
  • be a qualified lawyer;
  • be a law student involved in an IILPM university program;
  • working in a law firm for at least one year;
  • working with internal Legal Counsel for at least one year; and/or
  • working with law firms in the capacity of an adviser, consultant or trainer for at least one year.


On completing the Advanced Legal Project Management course, you can progress the required workplace evidence to gain the internationally-recognised Diploma of Project Management.

The IILPM application cost is US$947.

How do I Get More Information?

Email Todd or call 0422 532 775.