Legal Secretaries

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 262,600 legal secretaries work in law offices and firms in the United States today.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Government
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification Recommended

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