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.

What responsibilities are common for Legal Secretary jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Legal Secretary jobs?
  • 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
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Legal Secretary Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,100 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$2K
Median: $3K
$5K
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Legal Secretary Career Path

Learn how to become a Legal Secretary, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Legal Secretary
$44,400/yr
Senior Legal Secretary
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Legal Secretary IV
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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
31%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
9%
8+
27%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Legal Secretary Insights

Read what Legal Secretary professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Intex TechnologiesIntex Technologies
Legal Secretary
5 Apr 2022

“Intex is truly one of the best examples of what great corporate culture looks like.”

Drexler Litigation LawyersDrexler Litigation Lawyers
Legal Secretary
17 Jul 2022

“No career progression is offered but they obviously cannot keep staff so have to hire from within.”

Everett DoreyEverett Dorey
Legal Secretary
10 Sept 2020

“I am thankful to be part of such a great team during an unprecedented time.”

Hinckley AllenHinckley Allen
Senior Legal Secretary/Assistant
8 Mar 2021

“They offer good benefits but I am not happy there and I am really interested in a remote work at home position full time.”

Gujarat Guardian LimitedGujarat Guardian Limited
Legal Secretary/Secretarial Coordinator
10 Jul 2022

“Organization culture is based on MBM philosophy and is one of the best in the world.”

Debevoise & PlimptonDebevoise & Plimpton
Legal Secretary
29 Mar 2021

“Attorneys and professional staffs are pleasant to work with; everyone is well respected.”

Tribble | RossTribble | Ross
Legal Secretary
14 Sept 2022

“Everyone is really friendly and fun to work with.”

Stawicki Anderson & Sinclair
Legal Secretary
12 May 2021

“Attorneys are nice and great to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Legal Secretary

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.

The most similar professions to Legal Secretary are:
  • Paralegal
  • Public Defender
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Clerk

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.

Related Careers

Paralegal
$58,923
50% skills overlap
Public Defender
Legal Assistant
$63,500
38% skills overlap
Law Clerk
$50,000
25% skills overlap

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