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Career Details :: Legal Secretaries
Perform secretarial duties utilizing legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Makes photocopies of correspondence, document, and other printed matter.
- Schedules and makes appointments.
- Drafts and types office memos.
- Reviews legal publications and performs database searches to identify laws and court decisions relevant to pending cases.
- Attends legal meetings, such as client interviews, hearings, or depositions, and takes notes.
- Mails, faxes, or arranges for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.
- Organizes and maintains law libraries and document and case files.
- Prepares and processes legal documents and papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, and pretrial agreements.
- Receives and places telephone calls.
- Completes various forms, such as accident reports, trial and courtroom requests, and applications for clients.
- Submits articles and information from searches to attorneys for review and approval for use.
- Assists attorneys in collecting information such as employment, medical, and other records.
- Correspondence Clerks
- Court Clerks
- Law Clerks
- Medical Secretaries
- Office Clerks, General
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
- Title Searchers
General Work Activities
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Documenting/Recording Information
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Consequence of Error
- Frustrating Circumstances