Certifications & Programs

All Legal Lean Sigma Institute certifications, certificates, courses, workshops, retreats, and presentations are designed for legal and business professionals. We offer more than 50 courses in our catalog that can be delivered in person or virutally, on our platform or yours. We are experienced curriculum designers and tailor each privately delivered program for your group or team.


Our approach is to introduce concepts and tools, then provide opportunities for attendees to apply them to a legal or business process they’re interested in improving. Through case studies and the use of success stories from law firms and legal departments, participants learn about process improvement and project management in relevant and immediately useful contexts.

Legal Lean Sigma Institute White and Yellow Belt courses take place in person and include experiential learning, table work, and interactive discussions. These are  excellent opportunities to learn together, set the stage for actionable next steps, engage in team building, and collaborate. There is no prerequiste for either course. We deliver them privately and at a limited number of public, open enrollment courses during the year. If you are interested in hosting one, please contact us.

A Green Belt certification requires a Yellow Belt plus the successful completion of a project. Please contact us to discuss interest in a Green and/or Black Belt certification as these are tailored for each candidate.

Virtual Courses and Certificates Certificate Brochure 2020

Legal Lean Sigma Institute VIRTUAL Certificate Programs and Course Catalog – June 2020


Initial offerings are at the 100 and 200 level. Registration is open for two Level 100 and one Level 200 cohorts. Additional certificates will be available; all will require completion of the 100 and 200 levels. Candidates will work with and learn from a range of Legal Lean Sigma Institute scholars by taking three courses delivered by live lecture from an outstanding faculty, and then applying what is learned to a case study, with real time coaching provided, and culminating in team presentations to Visiting Scholars in Continuous Improvement and Innovation who will serve as expert judges – all within a 2-3 week period. See details on our Upcoming Programs page.

Each cohort is limited to a maximum of 25 participants to ensure an effective ratio for an engaging, immersive learning experience. These may be delivered privately for your organization or you may register for an open enrollment, where you will work with an assigned team or attend with your own.

Course Catalog

We offer more than 50 virtual courses in a live lecture format and welcome opportunities to (co)design training and curriculum to support your organization’s or team’s specific objectives. Please see our brochure for more information.

New training options are always in development from our Faculty, Scholars in Residence, and Visiting Scholars in Continuous Improvement and Innovation. The Legal Lean Sigma Institute team is driven by a commitment to continuously improve, facilitate the ability to innovate and work collaboratively, and help transform in order to deliver greater value to their organizations and clients – with no trade-offs.

Topical areas include: Process Improvement, Project Management, Pricing and Profitability, Leadership and Teaming, Change Management, Organizational Development, Client and Business Development, Performance Metrics and Management, and Collaboration and Innovation.

Legal Innovation and Technology Certificate

If you’re interested in an asynchronous learning environment, this Process Improvement and Legal Project Management course is an excellent option. It is delivered by LLSI’s CEO and Founder, Catherine Alman MacDonagh, and is offered through Suffolk University Law School, where she is an adjunct professor. It may be taken as either a standalone or as part of Suffolk Law’s Legal Innovation and Technology Certificate Program.

This was one of the best workshops I have attended and participated in over the last eight years… Content very well organized and easy to follow… Legal examples nicely tied to content… Practically delivered in bite-sized pieces…I learned a lot… very valuable…engaging, friendly, intelligent speaker… Would recommend… Course materials are excellent… Exceeded my expectations, which were high… Well planned, well documented, well led – well done!…The White Belt was an excellent introduction to process improvement and project management.

Upcoming Courses

Event Phone: 8572725695

Details Price Qty
Individualshow details + $995.00 (USD)  
Table Team (up to 6)show details + $5,970.00 (USD)  / bundle 

  • DC White Belt 4.21.20
    December 2, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • DC White Belt 4.21.20
    December 2, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The White Belt is designed to be a high-level introduction to key process improvement methodologies, especially Lean and Six Sigma. and the stages or project management. This Legal Lean Sigma® course includes lectures, exercises, simulations, videos, discussions, group work, and demonstrations covering key Process Improvement methodologies (Lean, Six Sigma) and Project Management, tools, and concepts, Read More

White Belt

Participation in a one day course that is designed to be a high level introduction to Lean, Six Sigma and Legal Project Management. Learning objectives are geared toward participants gaining familiarity with the vocabulary, concepts, and some of the tools most commonly used in PI and PM.

Yellow Belt

Participation in a two day, more intensive course that is designed for participants to be able to understand and employ Lean, Six Sigma and Legal Project Management vocabulary, methodologies, and tools.

Green Belt

Requires a Yellow Belt plus the successful completion of an approved project and other certification requirements.

Black Belt

Requires a Yellow and Green Belt plus completion of a dozen or more approved projects and other certification requirements (workshops, distance learning). For those committed to a career as a process improvement practitioner.

Private Delivery

Programs and Workshops

  • Legal WorkOut®
  • Process mapping
  • Client collaboration
  • Strategic planning
  • Retreats and curriculum design
  • Management/Executive, Steering Committee, and Sponsor development and overviews
  • Team and team leader training

All our privately delivered course, workshops, programs, retreats, and presentations are tailored and designed specifically for your group. Processes, projects, and teams are selected in advance. For the workshop components of privately delivered certification courses, attendees learn together, begin drafting deliverables such as project charters and rough process maps, earn a certification and, in most cases, are eligible for CLE credit.

We received a complete introduction to this very comprehensive material in a way that allowed us to take away practical means to begin implementing the concepts as part of our work. Your facilitation met the class at its various participant needs and your design/structure allowed the teams to work on practical application in a way that reinforced the concepts via your own work/design.

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