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LEVEL 100 CERTIFICATE-MAY 2021 COHORT: 5/17, 18, 19, 20 & 26


Coming soon – SAVE THE DATES

Additional certificate courses (virtual)

July 26-30 – Open enrollment Yellow Belt Certification Course (virtual)

September 13, 14, 15, 20 – Leadership Certificate Course with Professor Kyla Sandwith




The spot-on content and practical delivery you expect from us… now available in a virtual environment. Certificates, a robust course catalog of more than 50 programs (tailored for your organization) in English and a growing number available in Spanish, program pack pricing, and custom courses, all delivered in live lecture format by an incredible faculty of award winners, industry leaders, scholars, innovators, and educators.

Certificate and Online Programs – Legal Lean Sigma Institute LLC

Certificates. Immersive learning experiences with cohorts limited to a small number of participants. Includes three, one hour courses, two hours+ of case study coaching, team collaboration outside class, and presentations to guest judges. Total time 12-15 hours.


Courses. We will meet with you, tailor the content of a course from over 50 in our catalog, align it with your needs and goals, then our expert faculty scholars deliver the course online (live, never recorded, on your platform or ours).  Average time: 55 minute programs. 


Program Packs. We deliver bespoke programming designed and sequenced to help advance your strategies and achieve your objectives. Selecting from the course catalog, your curriculum of 3 (save 10%) or 7 (save 15%) courses will help you, your organization, and/or team advance along the P+ Continuum. Your program pack pricing includes a co-design meeting with a curriculum advisor and support of your CLE application(s).


Custom Courses and Curriculum. Train your way, with custom programs in formats and lengths designed to suit your needs. Please contact Catherine@LegalLeanSigma.com today and let us design (or, better yet, codesign with you) your training curriculum.




Our courses are carefully and thoughtfully designed with adult learning (and lawyers in particular) in mind. As our sample agendas suggest, our approach is to introduce a concept or framework, then demonstrate how to use a tool, and then facilitate exercises. This way, the concepts and tools are applied in the context of a process that the participants are interested in improving, so the learning is highly relevant and immediately useful.


Private Delivery. Most of the Legal Lean Sigma Institute’s courses are privately delivered for teams in law firms, legal departments, and other organizations focused on professional services. More often, our clients are inviting THEIR clients to these courses to learn together, have a shared experience, and begin working better together almost immediately.


We always work with our clients to tailor and structure every engagement for success. This includes using your own case studies and models, and assisting you with selecting processes and participants for your cross-functional, cross-organizational table teams.


Please contact us about courses, keynotes, retreats, tailored workshops, client events, and other programs.


Public / Open Enrollment. We offer a limited number of public or open enrollment certification courses during the year. They are all on hold due to COVID-19. Anyone can attend these programs and we typically enjoy working with a cross-functional group of participants in an experiential learning environment.


There is no prerequisite to participate in a Yellow Belt certification course – you do not need to earn a White Belt to become a Yellow Belt candidate, but you do need a Yellow Belt to become a Green Belt candidate.


Table team registrants receive a complimentary, preparatory call with a Legal Lean Sigma Institute faculty member to select the attendees and/or a process to use during the workshop components of the course. All others will be assigned to a table team.

Certifications/Belts – Postponed until late 2021, new dates TBD

  • POSTPONED  Yellow Belt Certification Course – New Orleans – Host Firm: Kean Miller LLP, 909 Poydras Street
  • POSTPONED  Yellow Belt Certification Course – New York City – Host Firm: Morgan Lewis, 101 Park Avenue
  • POSTPONED  Yellow Belt Certification Course – Dallas – Host Firm: Akin Gump, 2300 N. Field Street
  • POSTPONED White Belt Certification Course – Washington, DC – Host Firm: Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K. Street NW

Certificates – Registration Open Now

Each cohort in these virtual programs will work with different instructors, including Black Belts, industry leaders, and operational excellence experts, and will be guided through the experience by Catherine Alman MacDonagh, CEO and Founder of the Legal Lean Sigma Institute LLC. Participants will be taught be experts in the field and teams will be coached on the case studies by Mo Zain Ajaz, benefitting from Mo’s experience as General Counsel and Group Head of Legal Operational Excellence for National Grid. Luminaries in continuous improvement and innovation will serve as judges for the team presentations of the case study, enhancing opportunities to learn from the best and brightest.

Expected time commitment: 10-12 hours total

  • Days 1, 2, and 3: One hour lectures (3 total)
  • Day 4: Two hours of team work on case study
  • Case study work outside of class: 3-5 hours
  • Day 5: Two hours of team presentations and judge’s feedback

Legal Lean Sigma® Level 100 Certificate
With your cohort, complete three, one-hour courses and then work on a case study. You’ll experience issue spotting and problem / opportunity identification, and collaborating, prioritizing, and presenting with your team to help you prepare for success in your own organization.

Introduction to Process Improvement, Project Management, and the P+ Ecosystem

Using Process Improvement, Project Management, Design Thinking, and Legal WorkOut® to Collaborate- Inside and Out

The Key Tools of Process Improvement and Operational Excellence

Law Firm Case Study – Level 100: Develop a draft process improvement project life cycle, starting point, and protocols for the MacLaw Firm. As a team, present your recommendations to our guest judges. Coaching with Mo Zain Ajaz.

Level 100 Judges

Nicole Nehama Auerbach, ElevateNext
Kimberly D. Bell, Nissan Group of North America, Senior Manager, Head of Legal Operations
Susan Hackett, Legal Executive Leadership LLC, CEO
Colin Levy, Legal Innovation and Tech, Corporate Counsel
Jim Michalowicz, TE Connectivity, Senior Manager – Legal Operations Business Performance
Robert G. Taylor, Liberty Mutual Group, Vice President, Senior Corporate Counsel

Legal Lean Sigma® Level 200 Certificate
Complete Level 100, then three additional programs and a Level 200 case study. Using a similar methodology as Level 100, teams will be guided through the certificate experience by Legal Lean Sigma Institute CEO Catherine Alman MacDonagh.

Voices of the Process and the Chorus of Stakeholders

Process Mapping: Value Stream, Top Down, Swim Lane, Time Value Analysis, Client Journey

Deeper Understanding and Better Decision-Making Using Data and 3C Methodology

Law Department Case Study – Level 200: After reviewing and analyzing key data points, recommend immediate improvements and create a continuous improvement plan for Scarlett Media’s Law Department, coaching with Mo Zain Ajaz, presentations to guest judges.

Level 200 Guest Judges

Nicole Nehama Auerbach, ElevateNext
Kimberly D. Bell, Nissan Group of North America, Senior Manager, Head of Legal Operations
Tess Blair, Morgan Lewis, eData Practice Group Leader
Colin Levy, Legal Innovation and Tech, Corporate Counsel
Jim Michalowicz, TE Connectivity, Senior Manager – Legal Operations Business Performance
Robert G. Taylor, Liberty Mutual Group, Vice President, Senior Corporate Counsel

Details Price Qty
Individual registration - Virtual Yellow Beltshow details + $2,475.00 (USD)  
Team (up to 7) - Virtual Yellow Beltshow details + $9,975.00 (USD)  / bundle 

  • Yellow Belt Certification Course - VIRTUAL
    July 26, 2021 - July 30, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Legal Lean Sigma® Process Improvement and Project VIRTUAL Yellow Belt Certification Course Monday July 26, Tuesday July 27, Wednesday July 28, Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2021 from 12 – 3:30 pm EDT / 11 am – 2:30 pm CDT / 9 am – 12:30 pm PDT/  5 – 8:30 pm BST each Read More

Legal Lean Sigma Institute in TWO "Best Of" Categories

The Legal Lean Sigma Institute is proud to be recognized as #1 Project Management by the 2020 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly readers and in the 2019 National Law Journal “Best Of” new Management Consulting/Strategic Planning category. LLSI has also been named to Legal Times Hall of Fame by being named “Best Of” in the Lawyer/Law Firm Business Development Training and Coaching category in 2018, 2017, and 2016.

White Belt

This is a one day course designed as a high level introduction to key process improvement methodologies (such as Lean and 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

This is 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. A White Belt is NOT a prerequisite.

Green Belt

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

Black Belt

Specific paths to Black Belt certification are determined for each individual candidate, with consideration of background and opportunities against standard requirements. Typically, courses/programs are required along with the successful deliveries of process improvement projects that vary in scope and focus, where different approaches and tools are employed.