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FULL METHODOLOGY - Law Department Metrics Benchmarking SurveyBACK TO SURVEY

Since 2008, ALM Legal Intelligence has published the Law Department Metrics Benchmarking Survey (LDMBS) annually, as a companion to the Law Department Compensation Benchmarking Survey (LDCBS). The survey consists of 50 questions concerning measurements of law department structure and performance. Typical respondents of the 2015 survey work for a publicly-held company (48 percent) or private company (24 percent), and have a centralized structure (71 percent), reporting directly to a Chief Legal Officer (CLO) or General Counsel (GC). This survey presents analysis by revenue, number of employees served by the law department, size of law department, and industry, as appropriate, for fiscal year 2014. Expenses are presented on a per lawyer and per legal service provider basis. (A legal service provider is determined by counting each lawyer as one legal service provider, and each paralegal as one-half legal service provider.) The majority of respondents provided both detailed and total expenses, others provided only limited detail and incomplete totals. Therefore, the number of respondents may differ from analysis to analysis.