Legal Secretary  What They Do

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Legal Secretaries Career Video

Performs secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepares legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Legal Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Prepares, proofreads, or processes legal documents, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, or pretrial agreements.
  • Mails, faxes, or arranges for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.
  • Receives and places telephone calls.
  • Schedules and makes appointments.
  • Organizes and maintains law libraries, documents, and case files.
  • Makes photocopies of correspondence, documents, and other printed matter.
  • Assists attorneys in collecting information such as employment, medical, and other records.
  • Drafts and types office memos.
  • Completes various forms, such as accident reports, trial and courtroom requests, and applications for clients.
  • Prepares and distributes invoices to bill clients or pay account expenses.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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