How to Hire a Legal Secretary

Does your growing business need a legal secretary? A legal secretary provides administrative support to lawyers and handles communication with the clients, employees, partners and witnesses.

Here are some tips to help you find great legal secretary candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $15.16 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.00$49.50 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Legal Secretary?

The primary duties of a Legal Secretary involve in carrying out all administrative, clerical work along with communication under the direct supervision of the lawyers. They ensure optimum efficiency in office processes and managing each case professionally.

• Provide administrative support to an individual lawyer or a group of lawyers
• Effectively handle initial communication and screening of all the witnesses and clients
• Write case briefs, minutes of the meetings, legal documents and other synopses

Skills to look for in a great Legal Secretary

Expert Legal Secretaries are instrumental in any lawyers’ success by providing the required administrative, research, documentation and communication support.

• Two years Bachelor’s degree
• Legal Secretary certification
• Experience as a legal secretary or in a similar profile
• Knowledge of court proceedings, legal protocols, terminologies and different court systems
• Excellent typing and time management skill
• Strong multi-tasking and communication skills

Writing a Legal Secretary job description

A thoughtful description can help find qualified Legal Secretary candidates. A Legal Secretary job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Legal Secretary jobs, such as:

• Legal Secretary
• Junior Legal Secretary
• Legal Assistant

Interviewing Legal Secretary candidates

To hire a dynamic individual as Legal Secretary, the hiring manager needs to test candidate’s knowledge on legal concepts and experience in dealing with people in the legal domain.

• Proficiency in formulating and reporting of legal documentation
• Knowledge of legal domain, writing reports and case briefs for the lawyers
• How they have excelled in a previous role where their contribution helped in positively impacting the outcome of a case

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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