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Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Job Description

Legal secretaries and assistants provide administrative support to teams and individuals in the legal field.

What does it take to be a legal assistant or legal secretary?

While there is no formal degree or specific educational requirement for becoming a legal assistant or secretary, people interested in entering the profession should possess the following essential skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communication ability
  • Fluency with modern computer systems and software
  • Great time management
  • Willingness to be flexible

If you want to focus more on the clerical side of law, you might want to become a legal secretary. As a legal secretary, you are a specialized administrative assistant who manages office tasks to help a law firm run smoothly. You may complete tasks, such as case research or preparing and sending legal documents, under the supervision of an attorney or paralegal.

A legal assistant, on the other hand, may prepare legal documents, contracts and other legal materials for trials under the guidance of a lawyer. Much of your work will require advanced understanding of the law and legal proceedings. You will likely handle the research and administrative work for a lawyer who is preparing to go to court.

Where does a legal assistant or legal secretary work?

Both roles may work in a large firm, for individual attorneys, or even in other settings such as corporations, real estate offices, schools and government agencies.

What is a typical day for a legal assistant or legal secretary?

These legal professionals perform a variety of tasks and typically operate with minimal oversight and guidance. Their main job is to keep the teams and individuals that they support organized, focused and prepared. Some of the day-to-day duties that they may be responsible for include:

  • Scheduling hearings
  • Preparing legal documents and correspondence
  • Recording notes and taking minutes at meetings
  • Arranging meetings and schedules

What's the difference between a good legal secretary and a great one?

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  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama
    Date Posted: 11/16
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation – Civil
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Legal Secretary                 
    Location: Birmingham, AL       
    Date Posted: November 16, 2018
    Employment Type: Full-Time, Direct Hire...
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  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    Date Posted: 11/16
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Entertainment & Sports Law
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Legal Secretary                 
    Location: Nashville, TN       
    Date Posted: November 16, 2018
    Employment Type: Full-Time, Direct Hire...
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  • Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 11/16
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Are you a Legal Secretary with litigation experience who is looking for a new challenge? Special Counsel may have the opportunity for you! Our client...View Details.
  • Location: Los Angeles , California
    Date Posted: 11/14
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Open
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Legal Secretary/Administrative Assistant – Transactional /...View Details.
  • Location: Los Angeles , California
    Date Posted: 11/14
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract To Hire
     
    Special Counsel has an employment opportunity for an experienced Litigation Secretary. This is the opportunity to work with a...
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  • Location: Santa Monica, California
    Date Posted: 11/14
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    Santa Monica office of prestigious National Law Firm is seeking a legal secretary with 5+ years of corporate and real estate experience for a 6-8 week contract assignment.
    Candidates must have prior experience supporting partner level attorneys and be able to work in a team...
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  • Location: Troy, Michigan
    Date Posted: 11/14
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Open
    Employment Type: Contract
    Commercial Litigation Legal Secretary Job in Southeast Michigan
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    Company: Special Counsel Employee Type: Contract / Contract to...
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  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
    Date Posted: 11/14
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Date Posted: October 15, 2018
    Type: Full-time, Direct Hire
    Required experience: 2+ years
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  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
    Date Posted: 11/14
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Location: Kansas City, MO
    Date Posted: October 15, 2018
    Type: Full-time, Direct Hire
    Required experience: 2+ years
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  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Date Posted: 11/14
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Location: Indianapolis, IN
    Date Posted: October 18, 2018
    Type: Full-time, Direct Hire
    Required experience: 2+ years
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