Below you'll find a legal secretary job description sample that outlines minimum qualificaitions for this government position. Legal secretaries not only work in law offices, but in corporate legal departments and government agencies.
Each legal environment specifies expectations for the position. Most require some level of experience of a year, but you'll find there are generally no requirements for an associate's or bachelor's degree.
Even though education may not be required beyond high school, it is encouraged.
So without further ado...
1. Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, including a working knowledge of correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.
2. Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
3. One year of progressively responsible legal secretarial experience; or two years of other specialized secretarial or word processing training or progressively responsible secretarial experience.
4. Keyboard Proficiency: 55 net words per minute.
5. Experience using Microsoft Word and/or WordPerfect, and Excel.
6. Experience performing administrative and secretarial work, with the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions, to work well under pressure, and to effectively re-prioritize and handle multiple tasks and fluctuating deadlines.
7. Ability to solve practical problems by applying standard and routine solutions where precedent dictates the course of action, or deferring to the supervisor for resolution.
8. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to be flexible with changing situations.
9. Experience with setting up filing systems.
10. Effective telephone skills, including the ability to handle situations patiently and tactfully.
11. Experience working with or sensitivity to persons with disabilities.
12. Experience working with or sensitivity to persons from ethnic or language distinct communities.
1. Two or more years of legal secretarial experience.
2. Experience using Access, PowerPoint, Photoshop, or Publisher.
3. Experience using legal software and/or databases, such as Summation, Collaboration or webroom; or experience using Westlaw.
4. Experience conducting trainings and/or developing training materials.
5. A working knowledge of the laws, rights, and services pertaining to people with disabilities in California.
6. Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
This legal secretary job description is one example of the expectations and qualifications you can expect to see when you look for and apply for legal secretary jobs. There are many other job descriptions and you'll find that Monster.com or Craig's List offer lots of job possibilities.