What Does a Legal Secretary Do?

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Legal secretary job responsibilities include

  • keeping records up to date
  • typing up legal documents
  • answering the phone
  • organizing diaries
  • preparing court forms
  • attending court
  • performing legal research
  • making appointments with clients

 

Job description

legal secretaries work in law offices and perform secretarial tasks that are specific to the law field; writing legal documents, such as summonses, motions, subpoenas, etc., conducting research and reading legal articles, and more, as well as standard secretarial duties, that might include answering phones and email, filing, creating, and maintaining schedules for lawyers, ordering supplies, copying, faxing, and maintaining the office.

 

Responsibilities

  • Transcribe and proofread legal documents
  • File, organize, scan, copy and fax legal documents
  • Schedule court depositions, hearings and other meetings
  • Make travel arrangements for attorneys
  • Process third party and vendor invoices
  • File documents with the court ahead of deadlines

 

Requirements

  • Listening and Communication Skills: You will be expected to follow instruction from your boss, and your ability to understand those instructions with little or no follow up will be appreciated. Understanding legal terminology and being able to apply it correctly will also help. Good listening and communication skills ensure that the information is relayed correctly.
  • People/Interpersonal Skills: You might be the first line of communication between your legal office and the outside world, potentially speaking with clients, law enforcement, judges and other lawyers. Your people and interpersonal skills will help you do well.
  • Organizational Skills: Legal assistants help keep the working day in order. Scheduling meetings, court dates, travel plans, billing, etc. will all require terrific organizational skills.
  • Computer Skills: Writing emails, transcribing notes, researching legal documents faxing, copying, and creating spreadsheets or printing documents figure heavily in a legal assistant’s day.

 

Salary: the average salary of a legal secretary in the UK is £18,897/year

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