A high school diploma plus office, computer and grammar skills will help you get in the door, but legal secretaries often need more education, such as classes from a community college in law or business administration, or similar vocational coursework. Certification is not required, but may help you land the job.
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.
- Good listening and communication skills ensures that the information is relayed correctly;
- People/Interpersonal skills;
- Terrific organizational skills;
- Familiarity with legal terminology, state court filing rules, basic legal procedure and law office protocol;
- Excellent typing and dictation skills;
- Extremely deadline-oriented;
- Excellent computer skills and be proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, legal research, presentation and time and billing software.