Administrative support to legal executives and lawyers is provided by legal secretaries. These secretaries assist legal executives in their daily duties which they perform in the running of a legal firm.
As a legal secretary, your main task would be to type letters and other important documents such as contracts, wills, and of course, court documents. The secretary may also be required to from time to time take dictions from the lawyer onto an audiotape and latter work on it.
Other duties are as follows:
- Responding to telephone, letters, calls, e-mails and faxes.
- Preparing court statements and forms.
- Making appointments and organizing diaries on behalf of the legal executive.
- Handling client’s enquiries.
- Controlling petty cash and keeping records of costs within the office.
- Collecting and delivering documents from and to different departments.
- Attending police or court cells with the solicitors.
- Filing legal forms and other general clerical work that are given to you.
When one is engaged with the small local firm, they are able to develop experience in various legal matters, but one would often be required to specialize in a particular area of law while they work in the larger firms.
To be successful in the application for the position as legal secretary experience of office work with proper typing skills is required. Most employers would also want a secretary with audio transcription skills. If you have samples of the works that you have done, that would be advantageous to getting you the job. To add to your list of skills, you can do full or part time courses in secretarial and computer skills.
When you send a resume to the HR manager to be considered for the position of a legal secretary, send with it a well written cover letter to increase your chances of being called for the interview. The cover letter should show your interest in the position and your aptitude that will assist you to support the attorney or legal firm with all the daily responsibilities related with a legal practice such as on preparing for disposition, composing letters, creating contracts and documents.