MAKING YOUR WAY IN THE LEGAL FIELD
A legal secretary is an administrative assistant who is trained in the field of law specifically. Legal Secretaries are an important part of a law firm and support for lawyers to help run the office smoothly. They are proficient at handling all administrative duties in a law firm such as answering phone calls, typing, transcribing and filing, scheduling appointments, managing calendars, maintaining the database, making travel arrangements, preparing documents, and more…
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WHAT DOES A LEGAL SECRETARY DO?
Legal Secretaries or legal assistants are a vital part of a law firm. They handle all daily behind the scene duties to make sure the office runs smooth and things get done on time. They perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers. Legal assisting is one of the nation’s fastest-growing careers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. ( 15% from 2016-2026 )
Legal Secretaries perform a variety of tasks that include but are not limited to:
- Answer phones
- Greet clients
- Maintain client’s files and database
- Typing correspondence and legal paperwork
- Maintain calendars and schedules
- Arrange for the filing of court documents
- Scheduling, coordinating and confirming court dates
- Arranging for the documents to be delivered on time
- Transcribing court proceedings
- Develop and maintain an organized billing system
- Ensure all billable hours are accurately recorded and billed
- Understand summons and subpoenas
- Make travel arrangements
Legal Secretaries can find employment at a variety of places including:
- Law Firms
- Insurance companies
- Health Organizations
What is the difference between Legal Secretaries and paralegals?
Legal secretaries are an essential part of law offices, their work involves the day to day operation of the office to make sure things run smooth, phones are answered and routed properly, files are managed, appointments are scheduled, calendars are maintained, database is taken care of, travel arrangements are made and many more. Their work does not require legal knowledge.
On the other hand, Paralegals perform most legal work that attorneys would require to do themselves for their cases. Paralegals require an understanding and knowledge of the law. Paralegals must be able to conduct research, analyze and evaluate relevant facts, organize and communicate the findings properly. Paralegals require more in-depth education and training in law. For this reason, Paralegals earn more money than legal secretaries.
PROGRAM QUICK FACTS (SUMMARY)
|Program Duration||11 Weeks|
|Program Tuition and Cost||$2,450|
|Required National Testing||None|
|Certification Awarded||Legal Secretary Certificate|
COURSES YOU WOULD TAKE FOR THIS PROGRAM
|Legal Letter writing||4 Hours|
|Speed Typing||16 Hours|
|Drafting Contracts||4 Hours|
|Civil Procedure||12 Hours|
|Legal Forms||3 Hours|
|Probate Law||4 Hours|
|Family Law||6 Hours|
|Workers’ Compensation||6 Hours|
|Document Management||6 Hours|
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- Small class size – 15 max vs. 30-40 at other colleges
- Weekday or Weekend classes available
- Excellent placement rate – with placement assistance
- Books and all other classroom materials included
- Resume writing and mock interview skills
- Community-oriented, family-style setting offering personal recognition