Exclusive: LTC4 launches unprecedented new vendor alliance 

The Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition, better known as LTC4, has launched a vendor alliance that will see four legal technology training companies come together to provide law firms with a much simpler path to proficiency and certification. 

LTC4 offers a set of 10 workflow-based learning plans which, for the first time, the approved vendors can now sell directly to law firms, making the process much easier for buyers to navigate. 

The new alliance is spearheaded by Claire Revell, CEO of Intellek, in collaboration with iTrainLegal, Savvy Training, and Harbor. 

As part of the new alliance, vendors will meet quarterly to exchange ideas and discuss client projects. Revell will attend LTC4 board meetings to feed back insights on behalf of all vendors. 

Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Revell said: “I approached LTC4 last year about some of the challenges everyone was having with inconsistent messaging around the process to achieve certification. We weren’t taking a collaborative approach, so I approached LTC4’s chair Bonnie [Beuth] and the board and asked if we could start a vendor alliance where the four approved vendors come together quarterly to discuss the challenges ahead, provide feedback and exchange ideas, and take a more collaborative approach to better serve the legal industry. LTC4 loved the idea and the other vendors were happy for me to spearhead the new initiative.

“The approved vendors will be able to sell the core competency framework and their own training materials under one roof, which simplifies the procurement pathway and makes it easier for law firms, rather than having to deal with several parties.” 

One of the changes that has already come into effect is a new LTC4 website that has recently gone live. Law firms have previously found that it is confusing knowing which legal technology training partner to go to; how to buy the framework; and which vendor offers what competency. The new website has been overhauled to streamline explanations of approved vendors and also to include a comparison chart outlining exactly how each vendor’s offering matches specific LTC4 core competencies. Each organization has chosen which learning plans it will offer its clients and what methodology it will use, from in-person to virtual e-learning channels. Revell said: “The website now really maps things out clearly to make the decision making process much easier.” 

Messaging Legal IT Insider in a Teams chat, Beuth said: “Combining the offerings of multiple training providers really benefits the law firms and the industry as a whole.” 

LTC4 was launched 14 years to set a global standard for legal technology proficiency. LTC4 board member Robert Karwic said: “For the first time, we are bringing together the leading vendors in the legal tech training space and getting them to work hand-in-hand with each other and LTC4. This level of collaboration and transparency is unprecedented and will lead to better technological competency outcomes for law firms and legal departments seeking certification.”