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Legal Secretary Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Legal Secretary. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Legal Secretary
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Legal Secretary Work Information


Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Legal secretaries help lawyers and legal executives with the day-to-day tasks in a legal firm. Duties include word processing, dealing with telephone calls and correspondence, and general clerical work such as filing, organising diaries, keeping records and controlling petty cash. There may be some contact with clients when dealing with enquiries, telephone calls and making appointments. Some legal secretaries may attend court or police cells, and contact other firms and organisations to request or deliver information.

Some law firms specialise in areas such as corporate law or criminal law, while others deal with a wider range of legal matters including property purchase, divorce and family law. In a local firm, undertaking general legal work, secretaries may have a wider variety of duties but less opportunity to specialise.

Hours and Environment

Most legal secretaries work normal office hours, Monday to Friday. There may be opportunities for part time work or job share.

Most of the time is spent at a desk working on a computer. Travel may be required, to deliver documents to other organisations or to attend court or police cells.

Skills and Interests

As a legal secretary, you should:

  • have excellent secretarial skills
  • be interested in law and business
  • have good attention to detail, as accuracy is vital
  • be discreet as you will be dealing with a lot of confidential information
  • have a good standard of English, spelling and grammar
  • be able to work to deadlines
  • be able to work on your own initiative when necessary
  • have a polite, friendly manner.


Entry

There are no set academic qualifications for entry into this field of work, although a good standard of general education is required. Entry routes vary depending on employers' policies, however, it is an advantage to undertake a legal secretary's course leading to one of the awards listed in the Training section to follow.

Many college based courses require some exam passes for entry. An English language GCSE (Grade A-C) or equivalent is often preferred by most colleges.

Maturity is an important quality for a legal secretary, so adult entrants are often welcomed. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements. APL may be used to contribute towards an Institute of Legal Executives Paralegal Training (Ilex PT) qualification. IPT offer a Legal Secretaries Diploma (Mature) and a Legal Secretaries Skills Certificate, for mature students with previous secretarial experience who wish to train to be legal secretaries.

Training

Some employers prefer to recruit applicants with good general secretarial skills and train them on the job.

There are a variety of courses leading to legal secretarial qualifications.The Institute of Paralegal Training (IPT) sets examinations at two levels: the Legal Secretaries Certificate and Legal Secretaries Diploma.

Ilex Paralegal Training (Ilex PT) offers a Legal Secretaries Certificate (Level II) and Legal Secretaries Diploma (Level III).

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry offer First and Second Certificates for Legal Secretaries.

OCR (RSA) offer legal text processing awards and a legal option in the Diploma in Administrative and Secretarial Procedures.

In Scotland there is an SQA National Certificate with specialist legal text processing, audio and shorthand modules, and an SQA HNC and HND in legal services.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Legal secretaries work in solicitors offices, barristers chambers and law courts. Other employers include local authorities, the police and armed forces, finance houses, insurance companies, and estate agents.

In large firms it is possible to progress to senior secretary, PA or office manager. In smaller firms it may be necessary to change jobs to achieve promotion.

With further training it is possible to become a legal executive, paralegal or licensed conveyancer. They may choose to study for a law degree and go on to qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

The Scottish legal system is separate and distinct from the English legal system. With enough experience and training however, it would not be difficult to move from one jurisdiction to another.

There are some opportunities to work abroad in the European Courts of Justice and the overseas subsidiaries of British companies.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Starting salaries may be around £12,000.
An experienced legal secretary earns about £17,500.
A highly qualified legal secretary with a top law firm could earn up to £25,000.

There are regional variations in salaries. Experienced legal secretaries could earn more in one of the major legal centres such as London, Edinburgh, Manchester or Leeds.

Further information

Ilex (Paralegal Training) Ltd
2 Melbourne Street
Bedford
MK42 9AX
01234 348 848
www.ilexpt.co.uk

Institute of Paralegal Training
The Mill
Clymping
Nr. Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5RN
Tel: 01903 714 276

OCR (RSA)
Progress House
Westwood Way
Coventry
CV4 8HS
Tel: 024 7647 0033
www.ocr.org.uk

Other Useful Legal Secretary Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Legal Secretary job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Legal Secretary Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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