What does a Legal Secretary do?
A legal secretary is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to one or more lawyers. This varies from transcribing and proofreading legal documents, scheduling court depositions, hearings, and meetings to filing and organizing important documents. Essentially, legal secretaries maintain the efficiency of all office procedures and case management to guarantee reliability and consistency. Legal secretaries may work in law firms and legal departments of private corporations.
Most legal secretaries hold an Associate's degree or higher in Legal Studies or a related field. A typing speed of fifty words per minute with high accuracy is required as well as 3 years of experience as a paralegal or legal secretary. Successful legal secretaries possess excellent written and oral communication skills with a friendly and professional demeanor.
- Transcribe and proofread legal documents
- Accurately file documents with the court ahead of deadlines
- Process third party and vendor invoices
- Arrange travel arrangements for attorneys
- File, organize, scan, copy and fax legal documents in a timely manner
- `Answer phone calls, take notes/messages and redirect calls when appropriate
- Schedule court depositions, hearings, and other meetings
- Facilitate the meeting of deadlines by keeping multiple agendas and provide timely reminders
- 3+ years' experience as a paralegal or legal secretary
- Familiarity with legal documents and terminology
- Working knowledge of litigation management software systems
- Ability to type with a speed of at least 50 wpm with high accuracy
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
- Able to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines
- Able to work as a team with attorneys and other colleagues
- Demonstrate a courteous and professional demeanor
- Superior written and oral communication skills
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When working as a Legal Secretary, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Filing, Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Organizational, Typing and Outlook.
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The most common qualifications to become a Legal Secretary is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.