Legal secretaries provide administrative and secretarial support for lawyers or other staff within a legal firm.
You could be:
preparing court forms and statements
organising solicitors' diaries and making appointments
preparing records of legal costs
typing legal contracts, digital recordings (transcriptions), agreements and wills, using the correct wording and layout
accompanying solicitors to court and police stations
dealing with enquiries from clients via telephone and face to face
reading and answering emails, opening mail or filing or proofreading documents
organising meetings and taking minutes
specialising in a particular area, such as criminal law, conveyancing (property transfer) or family law.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Salaries for legal secretaries in Scotland tend to be in the range of around £18,000 to £25,000 a year. Legal secretaries in top firms can earn up to £30,000 or more. Salaries sometimes include additional benefits.
You would be based in an office.
You would work at a desk using a computer.
Your hours would normally be 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
You may sometimes have to work under pressure to meet court deadlines.
discreet, when dealing with confidential information.
Training is usually on the job, perhaps with part time study towards a relevant qualification.
The Institute of Legal Secretaries offers various distance learning courses including the Legal Secretaries Diploma and single subject legal courses at Foundation Certificate and Advanced Diploma level.
With experience you could become an office manager or PA.
You might train as a paralegal or legal executive.
By taking higher qualifications, you might train to become a solicitor or lawyer.