What does a legal secretary do?


Legal secretaries enjoy a varied and challenging career supporting the needs of a legal office.

They are often required to support a team of partners and other legal staff. This is a multidimensional role that requires patience and a good understanding of legal terminology.



What are the key responsibilities of a legal secretary?

Responsibilites may include:

  • Report preparation
  • Minute taking
  • Legal documentation
  • Billing
  • Travel booking and coordination
  • Financial budgets and reconciliation
  • Organising conference calls and other meetings
  • Client database management

What are the key attributes of a legal secretary?

Successful legal secretaries have the following personal attributes:

  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent coordination and problem solving skills
  • A positive attitude
  • Advanced MS Office skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment

What qualifications do I need to be a legal secretary?

Legal secretaries may be degree qualified or have participated in a secretarial or administrative course. Most employers will ensure you receive ongoing training opportunities to help further your career as a legal secretary and there are a number of specialist courses available as well.

How much does a legal secretary earn?

On average, salaries for legal secretaries are between $50 - $65k per annum.

Career prospects for legal secretaries

Proven legal secretaries have good career opportunities and can progress to become senior secretary, office manager or personal/executive assistant.


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