Legal Secretary at a Glance

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Best States for Legal Secretary

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
New Jersey 10,510 $46,840 $23
District of Columbia 4,170 $68,550 $33
Delaware 1,180 $49,830 $24

Becoming a Legal Secretary

Beyond a high school diploma, those interested in filling jobs as legal secretaries will typically only need a certificate or associate degree in legal assisting. Most entry level legal secretary jobs will also want someone with strong communication skills and a working knowledge of computers and office procedures. These type of training programs can be found at a number of community colleges and technical schools across the country.

Legal secretaries will need to understand basic industry terminology in order to prepare legal documents and perform other key duties. Though it is not mandatory, many employers may look for candidates who have earned certification through the National Association of Legal Secretaries. Below are a few courses you might expect to see in a certificate or associate degree program for prospective legal secretaries:

  • Keyboarding and Word Processing
  • Records Management
  • Legal Terminology
  • Law Office Operations and Management

In addition to general certification, the association Legal Secretaries International also offers specialized certification in areas such as intellectual property, civil litigation, probate, criminal law, and business law. This type of specialized credential requires five years of experience and the successful completion of a written exam. In some cases, these requirements may vary. As they become more experienced, legal secretaries may also pursue additional training to become paralegals.