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Legal secretary

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Legal secretaries provide administrative support for lawyers and legal executives.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm

How to become

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How to become a legal secretary

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by a professional body

College

You could take a course in audio transcription, legal word processing, or a qualification like a Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in legal services or as a paralegal.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an admin assistant with a legal business or organisation and then apply for a trainee position. For most trainee legal secretary jobs you'll need excellent word processing skills of around 45 to 50 words a minute.

Other Routes

You could complete qualifications offered by The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Both have information about part-time and online distance learning courses.

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Further information

You can get more advice about legal secretary careers from The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • produce legal documents like wills and contracts
  • prepare court forms and statements
  • handle confidential information
  • work from solicitors' written notes and audio files (dictation)
  • deal with clients
  • make appointments and manage diaries
  • accompany solicitors to court or police stations
  • deliver and collect documents
  • do general administrative work like record keeping and filing

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a court or at a police station.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could become a senior secretary, PA or office manager in larger firms.

With further qualifications, you could become a legal executive, paralegal or licensed conveyancer.

You could also work towards training as a solicitor or barrister.

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Current opportunities

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