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Legal Lean Sigma Institute Services

The Legal Lean Sigma Institute provides expert consulting, project facilitation and support, and certification courses, virtual certificate programs, workshops, programs, retreats, and presentations specifically for legal and business professionals.

We believe there is no one, right way to start or build on existing process improvement and/or project management efforts. So, whether we are working with a law firm, legal department, service provider, the United States military, supplier, vendor, or legal aid office, each course and every engagement is tailored to the unique needs of our clients.

Legal Lean Sigma® programs are the first to be designed exclusively for the legal profession. No one needs to spend any time or energy bridging powerful, tried and true concepts from manufacturing because we have already done so. We use relevant case studies, examples, and success stories from law firms and legal departments. This way, you learn about process improvement methodologies (such as Lean and Six Sigma), project management, and Design Thinking in the context of the processes and projects that are most relevant and important to you.

Since our inception, we have trained and delivered projects with thousands of legal and business professionals all over the world. We welcome the opportunity to learn how we can help elevate you, your organization, and your clients to new levels of excellence.

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2023 Yellow Belt Certification Courses 

May 1 – 5 from 9:30 AM – 1 Eastern US / 2:30 – 6 PM UK / 8 – 11:30 PM IST each day

July 31 – August 4 from  2:30 – 6 PM Eastern US / 7:30 – 11 PM UK / 6:30 – 10 AM SYDNEY/ANZ each day

November 6 – 10 from  9:30 – 1 Eastern US  each day

Certificate Programs 

Change Management – June 19, 20, 21, 22 and 27 from 12 – 1:30 Eastern / 11 – 12:30 C / 9-10:30 Pacific each day 

Leadership Certificate – September 12, 13, 14, and 19  from  12 – 1:30 Eastern / 11 – 12:30 C / 9-10:30 Pacific each day

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Smart Collaboration Accelerator

As an Accredited Partner of the Smart Collaboration Accelerator, we welcome the chance to help build higher performing, higher functioning, diverse teams.

In her Washington Post best-selling book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos, Dr Heidi K. Gardner shows how organizations earn higher margins, inspire greater customer loyalty, produce more innovative work, and attract and retain the best talent when experts engage in Smart Collaboration across boundaries. Now, we are able to offer our assistance in helping you understand your behavioral tendencies and effectively deploy them to drive improved collaboration and derive process, cultural, financial, strategic, and talent-related benefits.


Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management education and skill development is available through certification courses, virtual certificate programs, process mapping, workshops, programs, retreats, and keynote addresses.


Consulting services that encompass the spectrum of organizational development and PI/PM architecture and program structuring.  Our capabilities include needs, baseline, and readiness assessments, strategic thinking and planning, advisory services to leaders, compensation redesign, marketing of PI/PM programs, as well as planning, pricing, performance management, practice management, and other “P”s.


The Legal WorkOut®  is our trademarked, collaborative approach to accelerated process improvement that “gets the work out” starting same or next day. 

Cross-functional, diverse teams attend our workshop to identify immediate improvements. Get a case study and find out how to reduce costs, improve quality, and greatly enhance relationships.


Our Approach to Process Improvement and Project Management

The Legal Lean Sigma Institute has translated and blends PI and PM concepts, frameworks, and tools specifically for the legal profession. We believe that it is the combination of PI and PM that enables us to have excellent processes that are managed well; one without the other only produces an excellent process that isn’t managed well or a project that is managed well but still relies on a broken process. Employed together, they: support unparalleled teamwork and communication, reduce wasteful activities, improve quality, allow us to discover best practices, and increase value.

The Legal Lean Sigma Institute has the experts when it comes to PI and PM in law firms and legal departments. We are the recognized leader in this space, offering the first certification courses and owning registered trademarks in both Legal Lean Sigma® and the Legal WorkOut®.

Lean Six Sigma for Law Firms

Authored by Legal Lean Sigma Institute Founder and CEO Catherine Alman MacDonagh, JD, this is the first report of its kind to provide in-depth strategic and tactical guidance on the application of Lean and Six Sigma in law firms, the different approaches law firms are taking, where and how to get started, and case studies highlighting results.

Click here for a sample chapter, summary, and the Foreword by Thomas L. Sager, former Senior VP and General Counsel, DuPont Legal.

Would you like for to be included in the next edition entitled Lean Six Sigma for Law Firms and Legal Departments? Contact Catherine to find out how.