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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: Phoenix, Arizona
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Business Law
    Employment Type: Contract
    Temporary Corporate/Transactional Legal Assistant Position Available!
     
    Prestigious Phoenix law firm is seeking a 3-4 year temporary legal assistant with a corporate/transactional background to assist their Banking and Finance department for approximately 4 months. The...
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  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Special Counsel is recruiting a Litigation Legal Secretary for a firm located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  If you have at least 5 years’ experience assisting attorneys, then you may be the candidate for this rare opportunity to join a firm that has low turnover.  If you...View Details.
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
    Date Posted: 05/17
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Banking and Commercial Finance
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Our client a, Denver law firm, is seeking a dynamic, transactional/corporate legal secretary to support their busy practice group.  
     
    Responsibilities:
     
    •Prepare corporate transactional documents, UCC's, minute books, minutes
    •Handle heavy...
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  • Location: Denver, Colorado
    Date Posted: 05/17
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Our client, a Denver law firm, is seeking a tech savvy, detail oriented legal secretary with at least 2 years of current medical malpractice defense...View Details.
  • Location: Silicon Valley, California
    Date Posted: 05/16
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Estate Planning
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel is seeking a contract legal secretary for our client in Silicon Valley.  The right candidate will have experience supporting a Trusts and Estate Planning practice group.  
     
    Requirements:
    •Experience in either probate, trust administration and...
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  • Location: Dallas, Texas
    Date Posted: 05/16
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Estate Planning
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    We currently have an Estate Planning Legal Secretary job available in Dallas, Texas!  Do you have two or more years’ experience in this practice area?  Then this could be a great opportunity for you! This opportunity offers an fantastic work environment and the ability to...View Details.
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
    Date Posted: 05/15
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Special Counsel is recruiting a Litigation Legal Secretary for a firm located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  If you have at least 5 years’ experience assisting attorneys, then you may be the candidate for this rare opportunity to join a firm that has low turnover.  If you...View Details.
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Date Posted: 05/15
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel's client is in need of a litigation legal secretary to help support a Partner in its Pittsburgh law firm.  If you have at least 2 years' of experience in a similar role with a law firm and have excellent communication and organizational skills, this may be the...View Details.
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
    Date Posted: 05/15
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Estate Planning
    Employment Type: Contract
    A legal assistant job in Charlotte, North Carolina is immediately available via Special Counsel. To be considered for this opportunity you must have at...View Details.
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
    Date Posted: 05/15
    Position: Legal Secretary
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Either Contract or Direct Hire
    A legal assistant/receptionist position in Charlotte, North Carolina is immediately available via Special Counsel.  In order to be considered for...View Details.
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