If you have been wondering about a legal career and like the idea of being a Legal Secretary read this article. It will tell you what you will be doing and the realities of this career. It can be a very interesting
Is it well paid?
A Legal Secretary job’s package can vary greatly, depending on the town and area of law. A criminal law Legal Secretary could have quite a small salary in a small rural town, as the area pays little and the small town legal firms may not offer salaries of London. If you were a Legal Secretary in Banking or Corporate Law Firm in London, you could expect a very attractive package. It all depends on how much money the law firms make in your area of law and your region.
Duties, Roles and Responsibilities
You will be client facing in many cases and the first point of contact for your managers. This depends on the firm. However, some legal secretaries in large firms do not get involved in this field. If you do manage client and case file, you may need to keep client or case records up to date. The typing up of legal documents and letters is often a key task. Again this will depend on the legal field and the nature of the firm. Some firms are more automated and you have templates to complete and others
will still need you to create documents.
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Answering the telephone is core duty for many legal secretaries, more if you work at a small firm and by default this becomes your responsibility. Large firms have reception, but you may act as a point of phone
contact for your own manager.
Legal duties can include the execution of court forms and attending court, when necessary. You could also get involved in legal research at some firms, which opens the option to study to be a Paralegal for more varied and higher level legal work.
How to get qualified being a Legal Secretary in the UK
Many legal firms require a CILEx Legal Secretarial Certificate or Diploma to get started as a Legal Secretary. This is because the institute was established in 1892 and is extremely well established. It ensures that it covers all the key skills in depth. There are plenty of realistic practical exercises that will help you to learn how best to work in a law firm. For this reason, many law firms find this qualification attractive.