Legal Secretaries

Legal Secretary Helps Attorney with Research

Legal secretaries, sometimes called litigation secretaries or trial secretaries, assist lawyers by performing the administrative and clerical duties in a law office or firm. Legal secretaries spend most of their time writing legal correspondence, preparing legal documents, performing research, and answering incoming calls and e-mails. Legal secretaries read and review many law journals to check for any new court decisions that may be important for cases pending at that time. Legal secretaries also maintain files and records, take notes during meetings or hearings, and assume all other general secretarial duties. Approximately 202,660 legal secretaries work in law offices and firms in the United States today.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Litigation Secretaries, Trial Secretaries
Duties Perform administrative, clerical, and research duties in law offices
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Government
Experience Prior secretarial experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Paralegal
  • Senior Legal Secretary
  • Legal Secretary
  • "Floater" Secretary

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