Career outlook for legal secretary
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help to run a legal services or law firm to give people high quality legal services. You’d provide high level administrative support to lawyers and legal executives .
You’d keep the office running smoothly, make sure the lawyers are organised and help with some legal and court procedures. You’d deal with customers and handle their confidential information. The office will be busy so you’d need to cope with several tasks at once.
Depending on what department you work in, you would:
- Produce letters and legal documents such as wills, contracts and court papers
- Work from notes and digital dictation
- Answer telephone calls in a professional manner
- Deal with enquiries from clients via email, fax and letter
- Use a diary management system and make appointments
- Prepare court forms and statements
- Keep records of costs and controlling petty cash
- Deal with fee processes
- Attend court or police cells
- Deliver and collect documents
- Do copying, scanning and faxing, including preparation of large files
- Do filing and other general administration work
If you work in a small local law firm, you would develop experience in a wide range of legal matters, whilst in larger firms you would tend to specialise in a particular area of law.
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