The job of a legal secretary is to provide admin support in a legal setting for lawyers. They produce legal documents like wills, prepare court files, meet and great clients and perform other secretarial activities such as note taking and filing.
Would being a legal secretary suit me?
If you are good at communicating with people over the telephone and in person, if you using a computer for tasks that include word processing, database and spreadsheets and if you have an interest in law then the role of the legal secretary might well suit you. You’ll need a sensible and mature attitude to dealing with work and with clients and will need to enjoy being both organised and helpful.
Where could I go with this job?
If you love it, why change? But that said, you could become a PA to a top lawyer and this can pay very, very well. Also, if you show a lot of promise – you could consider training and qualifying as a paralegal. Some employers will support you in this if you are doing a good job for them.
How do I get to be a legal secretary?
You’ll need 5 GCSEs normally, including grades 9 – 4 in English and maths and you’ll need at least to have an understanding of and some basic office skills – word processing, letters, emails, answering the telephone, organising files.
There are specific qualifications that you can do, like the Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate / Diploma for Legal Secretaries.
These cover things like legal text, spreadsheet and database processing, legal proofreading and the principles of criminal liability. Some units of the courses are mandatory (you have to do them) and others are optional (you can choose from a selection).