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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: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
     
    Hiring today for a Bankruptcy Legal Assistant job in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of Special Counsel!  Do you have more than three...
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  • Location: San Diego, California
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation – Civil
    Employment Type: Contract
    Fantastic Legal Assistant needed to provide assistance and administrative support to several assigned attorneys and associates.
     
    Duties:
    • litigation support skills in state and federal courts
    • knowledge of state and federal court rules/procedures...View Details.
  • Location: San Diego, California
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    Qualifications:
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe, Nuance
    • Proficient in WordPerfect and Legal Solutions recommended
    • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and assume responsibility to prioritize multiple tasks, deal with urgent...View Details.
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
     
    A litigation administrative assistant job in Charleston, South Carolina is immediately available via Special Counsel. To be considered for this opportunity you must have at least an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and paralegal certificate and 5+ years’...
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  • Location: San Diego, California
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    A Legal Secretary job is available through Special Counsel in San Diego, California! This opportunity is perfect for someone who is detail-oriented, highly motivated, and looking to continue building their experience in the legal field.
     
    Job...
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  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Date Posted: 09/19
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Special Counsel's client in downtown Pittsburgh is currently seeking a medical malpractice paralegal. Do you like defense work?...View Details.
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
    Date Posted: 09/19
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Special Counsel is currently recruiting a Litigation Legal Assistant for the Columbus office of an AmLaw 200 firm.  A minimum of 3-5 years experience supporting attorneys with commercial litigation matters is required.  This assignment will support two commercial litigation...View Details.
  • Location: New York, New York
    Date Posted: 09/18
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    A midtown firm is seeking a foreclosure legal secretary with at least five years of litigation support experience.
     
    Foreclosure Legal Secretary responsibilities:
    • Support all stages of case preparation
    • Communicate directly with courts
    • Manage...View Details.
  • Location: San Francisco, California
    Date Posted: 09/18
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Are you an experienced legal assistant or paralegal interested in working within family law? We are looking for someone who will master the tasks of...View Details.
  • Location: Alameda, California
    Date Posted: 09/18
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Insurance
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel is looking for an experienced litigation secretary for a contract role in Alameda. Are you a wiz when it comes to calendaring,...View Details.
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