Why In-House Departments Need Legal Project Managment

Legal Project Management strengthen’s an in-house team’s ability to serve its business clients on a fixed (and likely declining) budget. That’s an “and” proposition, not an “either-or” deal. Legal Project Management helps you build five strengths that help your clients, your business partners, and your own careers:

  1. Client service;
  2. Time management;
  3. People management, leadership, and supervision skills;
  4. Budget discipline, project management and process improvement;
  5. Client-based business thinking.

Legal Project Management provides tools, tips, techniques, and approaches that add value at all levels within a department, from the general counsel to line attorneys to paralegals and support staff.

Even senior attorneys who are already highly effective at managing projects can pick up some new ideas — and may find participating in a Lexician training session the ideal way to examine, codify, and pass on what they’ve learned the hard way to those on the way to becoming future department superstars. Adding or enhancing Legal Project Management skills reduces rework, strengthens business partnerships, and helps you meet your departmental goals.

Project management, though, is more than “plans and schedules.” Project management is two words, and the “management” piece is as important as the “project” aspects. Legal Project Management helps project managers step up to become project, team, and people leaders.

The fact is, if you have a major role in a project, you’re doing project management — well or not so well, consciously or unconsciously. The better you become at it, the less time it takes and the less frustrating the inevitable rough spots will be, leaving you more time to do the work you really love… or go home earlier at night!

The Four Management Imperatives

Legal Project Management, as described in Steven B. Levy’s book Legal Project Management and as taught by Lexician, goes beyond “project administration” to the four management imperatives that define a successful legal department:

  1. Legal Project Management, to improve client service and responsiveness;
  2. Fiscal management, achieving budget discipline via the right trade-offs;
  3. Time/schedule management, to increase efficiency;
  4. People/team management, to lower waste and build effectiveness.

Does It Matter How Large Your Legal Department Is?

No. Legal Project Management can make a difference for any size in-house department.

(Lexician onsite courses are designed for departments with half-a-dozen or more professionals, but we offer occasional master classes open to professionals from departments of any size.)

Consider how Legal Project Management can make a difference to your company today. And please consider Lexician as a partner to help you make that difference.