Legal Secretary Job Description

Legal Secretaries assist legal practices by performing a range of administrative tasks in support of litigation and transactional matters. Legal Secretaries are distinguished from Paralegals in that Legal Secretaries perform administrative tasks while Paralegals provide specialized support for attorneys.

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Legal Secretary Job Description Template

We are looking for a proactive Legal Secretary to provide top level administrative support for our legal practice. As a legal assistant you will support attorneys and legal staff in an efficient and timely manner with job duties such as filing legal documents, drafting correspondence, transcribing attorney dictation from audio devices, taking and directing phone calls, compiling documents, data entry, scheduling, organizing client files, and word processing.  

Our ideal candidate will be able to juggle multiple projects and perform well under pressure. You must also have a keen eye for detail, superior communication skills, a working knowledge of a variety of legal procedures, an understanding of law firm or law office operations, and a command of all rules of confidentiality. 

Legal Secretary Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to ensure smooth law office operations
  • Support legal research and investigative work 
  • Physically and electronically file case documents
  • Maintain contact lists and answer phone calls and emails
  • Arrange for filing of court documents
  • Assist the preparation and proofreading of summonses and other legal documents
  • Schedule, coordinate and confirm court dates, appointments and meetings
  • Develop and maintain office procedures and an organized billing system
  • Handle travel arrangements for attorneys, paralegals, and clients

Legal Secretary Requirements:

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills 
  • Working knowledge of basic legal procedures and legal terminology
  • Command of all rules of confidentiality
  • Solid administrative support experience
  • Meticulous attention to detail 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with MS Office and law practice management software
  • Legal Secretary Training Program certificate preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred 

    Wage Information

    Median Annual and Hourly Pay:  $48,600 per year/$23.37 per hour

    Annual salaries for Legal Secretaries in the top industries in which they worked:

    • Legal Services $48,740

    • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals $46,110

    • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals $45,440

    • Insurance Carriers $53,080

    • Employment Services $47,400

    * Source for wage information: Bureau of Labor Statistics