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.
All certification course dates have been postponed to 2021 with new dates TBA.
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.
Currently, we are exploring how to deliver our public certification courses virtually, and finding new ways to deliver them privately. For example, rather than a full day or two, we might offer a sustained series of modules, workshops, and microlearning options.
Legal Lean Sigma Institute White and Yellow Belt courses traditionally take place in person and include experiential learning, table work with exercises (such as process mapping), 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 prerequisite for either the White or Yellow Belt 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 our acceptance of a successfully completed 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
See details on our Upcoming Programs page.
Certificate programs may be delivered privately (where we can tailor the content and even the case study). You may also register for an open enrollment cohort, where you work with an assigned team or attend with your own.
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, Efficiency, 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.
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS. An excellent and worthwhile program and experience… I enjoyed meeting the fellow summer cohort members as well as the LLSI facilitators and judges…Great scholars, attendees and judges … our profession is safe in these hands… looking forward to hearing what happens next!!! Loved being part of this!!…Thanks to all of the instructors and judges. This was a fantastic program and I look forward to moving on to Level 200!…Thank you LLSI. It was an incredible experience…An absolutely valuable use of my time. As a Yellow Belt holder it was great to work our way through the case study. A refresher with a boost!!
An impressive group — great strategic thinking in the team presentations – great leaders in the legal industry. I was honored to be included in the presentation judging and feedback discussion with Susan, Bob and Jim. A valuable program thanks to LSSI and Catherine.
Susan Hackett, Level 100 Judge: Loved being part of the “finals” for this rising class of leaders … The true mark of a good program for folks judging a competition: you learn more than you preach. It’s easy to get tired of pushing the “innovation” rope up the hill – this cohort gave me such confidence that the next generation is here and they’re inspired.
LEVEL 100 CERTIFICATE PROGRAMThree, one-hour lectures from 12 - 1 eastern on 11.8. 11.9. and 11.20, two hours of team collaboration on the case study on 11.11, and case study presentations on 11.16
- Monday, November 8
- Tuesday, November 9
- Wednesday, November 10
- Thursday, November 11
- Tuesday November 16
PI & DEI [FREE]Please plan to join Merry Neitlich and Audrey Rubin for this interview with Ray Williams, National DEI Partner, DLA Piper, in the Legal Lean Sigma Institute series of discussions on Process Improvement & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
- December 2
YELLOW BELT CERTIFICATION COURSEThis is a VIRTUAL course featuring Catherine Alman MacDonagh, Ronna West Cross, Frederick J. Esposito, Jr., Jerry Rosenthal, and Kyla Sandwith
- Monday, January 10 - Friday, January 14, 2022 from 12 - 3:30 eastern each day
LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAMThis is a VIRTUAL course led by Kyla Sandwith.
- Four 90-minute meetings from 12 - 1:30 eastern
- Monday, January 17, 2022
- Tuesday, January 18
- Wednesday, January 19
- Tuesday, January 25
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.
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.
Requires a Yellow Belt plus the successful completion of an approved project and other certification requirements.
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.
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.