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Our Mission

The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms and law departments globally. Its mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide thought leadership to the membership, the legal industry and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of paralegals and other practice support professionals.

Resources

The IPMA has developed the following resources designed to assist new and experienced paralegal and practice support managers along a path of professional success.
 

New Manager Starter Kit
The IPMA Starter Kit for New Practice Support Departments/Managers offers a copy of the Manager's Manual: Setting Up a Practice Support Program and articles that provide support for a practice support manager position such as the cost savings it creates for a law firm or legal department. These items are provided at no cost to IPMA members.

 

Core Competencies for Paralegal Managers
The IPMA Core Competencies for Paralegal Managers & Practice Support Managers guide is a free download available only to our members. It provides a comprehensive list of tasks and basic knowledge competencies necessary for paralegal managers and is generally applicable to managers who supervise other practice support professionals.

 

Job Descriptions
Contains descriptions, lists of primary duties and minimum education considered necessary to perform specified management-related jobs. Available to members as a free download from the members-only section of the IPMA website and to non-members at a fee.

 

Annual Compensation Survey for Paralegals / Legal Assistants and Managers
A comprehensive survey containing data on compensation practices and benefits for paralegals/legal assistants, practice support managers and directors, and other legal support positions. Produced in partnership with ALM Legal Intelligence.

 

Webinars
Virtual seminars, live and recorded, on selected topics of interest to practice support managers.
 

 

IPMA Articles
These articles provide insight on the role and value of a paralegal manager or practice support manager to a law firm or corporate law department.

 

Position Papers
IPMA papers that provide background on the position of the IPMA on selected topics of interest primarily related to paralegals.

 

Career Center / Job Bank
The IPMA Career Center / Job Bank provides a place for posting and finding Practice Support Manager and practice support jobs. This service is open to all regardless of membership in the IPMA, has no charge for job seekers, and is affordble to those who are seeking candidates. IPMA members receive a number of complimentary postings, and non-members may post for a nominal fee.

 

IPMA Talk & Social Networking
Lively and informative Internet-based discussion groups on LinkedIn; the International Practice Management Association group is for the industry, and the IPMATalk subgroup is restricted to IPMA non-Business Partner members.

 

Industry & Other Resources
As part of its efforts to provide resources for members, the IPMA Management Resources Committee reviews and recommends other legal industry and management web resources. We've identified a number of sites IPMA members may find useful.

 

Strategic Alliance Partners
The IPMA maintains relationships with numerous legal, legal management, and paralegal associations. This section provides links to various law-related associations and information on the involvement of the IPMA (and its members) in the work of the Approval Commission of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Paralegals.