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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.

Services & Benefits

Services and resources available to Regular, Associate, Academic, Emeritus, Lifetime, and Business Partner IPMA members include:
 

www.theIPMA.org
Full access to the IPMA website which contains many of the items that follow.
 

 

Membership Directory
A comprehensive, online, fully-searchable membership directory updated weekly.
 

 

Chapters
There are Chapters in many metropolitan areas that provide local networking opportunities and a meeting venue. Two or more members in an area can form a new Chapter. Conference call-in options are available for Chapter meetings if you're interested in markets outside your office location.

 

Affinity Groups
IPMA Affinity Groups are communities of members who share common interests and join together to network, educate, and share best practices within specific areas of focus. Take advantage of this peer-to-peer interaction opportunity and become part of the conversation on improving management skills for practice support managers. We offer five different Affinity Groups: In-House, Litigation Support, Information Governance and Records Management, Docketing, and Intellectual Property.

 

Inspired Leadership
The association's quarterly online publication is available to IPMA members at no charge. Each edition features management-related articles and articles on current trends and issues in the area of paralegal/practice support management.

 

Mentor Program
Matches a new manager with an experienced manager to provide guidance and assistance.
 

 

LinkedIn Discussion Groups
Lively and informative online 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.

 

IPMA Talk Live
Quarterly conference calls covering various managerial topics for non-business partner members of the IPMA.
 

 

List of Core Competencies for Paralegal Managers
Provides list of tasks and basic knowledge competencies necessary for practice support managers.
 

 

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

 

Business Partner Directory
An online directory of companies that are IPMA business partner members. It provides descriptions of products and services as well as contact information and a link to each business partner's website.

 


The following services and resources are available to the public at a charge and to all members at no charge or at a discount:

Annual Conference & Expo
Three days of unrivaled educational programming, peer networking, and one-on-one discussions with industry business partners makes the IPMA Annual Conference & Expo the industry's leading event for practice support management professionals. Not only will you hone your managerial skills and talents, but your firm will benefit from your participation in forums where other professionals share their successes. The IPMA Expo allows you to evaluate new products and services from the leading industry service providers—all under one roof!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Managerial Skills Seminar
An intensive one-day program of management skills training designed for the new manager, aspiring managers, and experienced managers looking for a refresher and interaction with newer managers.

 

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