About the Legal Industry
Law firms will often specialise in the geographical region they operate in and /or the area of law they practice in. The areas of law can include: criminal law; company or corporate law; civil law; conveyancing or property law; family law; environmental law; employment or labour law; and tax law, amongst others.
Many law firms employ assistants and trainees, to assist with the many administrative aspects of the legal profession. These roles have a range of job titles including: Legal Receptionists, Legal Secretary, Law Clerk, Conveyancing Clerk and Legal Executive Assistant. In some contexts the roles may be called a Settlements Clerk or Legal Documents Assistants.
As well as law firms, the industry includes those who work within the Australian Court system such as court clerks, court administrators and jury consultants. Most government departments and agencies also have in-house legal staff, as do financial institutions, especially in the lending fields in the preparation of loans documents.
Types of Job Roles Expected of a Legal Secretary
From practice to practice the range of duties of a legal secretary or legal assistant may vary. However, they will often involve the following:
- Answering phone calls and assisting with client enquiries;
- Preparing legal documents;
- Mail merging documents and formatting;
- Undertaking legal searches;
- Diary management;
- Filing court documents;
- Co-ordinating team meetings/events;
- Billing; and
- File management.
The Skills Typically Needed to Become a Legal Secretary
The ideal candidate for a legal secretary role would need to display excellent communication, have diary management skills, and a strong client service focus.
The work would require you to have the ability to prioritise tasks, display initiative, and show good attention to detail. Most legal matters have time frames, so you would need to meet important deadlines.
Given the nature of the work, it is expected that you be able to act with tact and discretion, and that your appearance and manner reflect the level of professionalism in this sector.
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