Legal secretaries provide administrative support for lawyers and legal executives.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll usually need:
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths
- experience of office work
- word processing skills
You could also take a course in audio transcription or legal word processing. This could help you to get a job.
Temporary office work is a good way of getting relevant work experience.
The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs (ILSPA) has more information about this career.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- excellent communication skills
- word processing and IT skills
- excellent spelling and grammar
- accuracy and attention to detail
- organisational skills
- the ability to work in a team and use your own judgement
3. What you'll do
As well as solicitors’ offices and barristers’ chambers, you could work for law courts, local authorities, estate agents or the police. Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- producing legal documents like wills and contracts
- preparing court forms and statements
- handling confidential information
- working from solicitors' written notes and audio files (dictation)
- dealing with clients
- making appointments and managing diaries
- keeping records
- accompanying solicitors to court or police stations
- delivering and collecting documents
- filing and general administrative work
Starter: £18,000 to £22,000
Experienced: £22,000 to £30,000
Highly Experienced: £35,000 to £45,000 (supervisor)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
You'll often work in an office but you may travel to deliver documents, visit police stations or go to court.
6. Career path and progression
With experience you could become a senior secretary, PA or office manager in larger firms.
With further qualifications, you could become a legal executive, paralegal or licensed conveyancer.
You could also work towards training as a solicitor or barrister.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017