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Legal Secretaries

Also called: Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant, Magistrate Assistant, Confidential Secretary

What they do:
Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and process legal documents and papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, and pretrial agreements.
  • Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.
  • Receive and place telephone calls.

Knowledge

Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Billing software
  • Sage Peachtree software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Transcription software
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$42,390
per year, on average
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