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Legal secretary jobs are a great career path for those looking to pursue a career in law but are not entirely sure which roles interest them. There are plenty of legal secretary vacancies available in the UK, especially in major cities. Similar to paralegals, legal secretaries offer administrative support and help with the daily tasks in a law firm.

Depending on the size of the law firm that you will decide to work in, you could gain knowledge on various areas of law, unless you opt for a specialisation in a specific area.

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Legal secretaries play a vital role in law firms. Daily responsibilities of this role include producing legal documents such as wills and contracts, dealing with enquiries from clients and preparing court forms.

Other tasks involve the handling of confidential information, making appointments and managing diaries. Also you could be accompanying solicitors to court or police stations, keeping records as well as doing general administrative work.

You can get entry level legal secretary jobs near you through a college course, an apprenticeship, specialist courses by a professional body or by gathering relevant work experience.

Entry requirements for courses usually include 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course. You could get into this job through an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in legal services or as a paralegal. Some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship.

Another way to land legal secretary jobs is to 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.

Moreover, other legal secretary qualifications and skills include good administration skills,
excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, working well under pressure and the ability to use your initiative. It’s also important to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device.

The most vital skill for any Legal Secretary is a high level of organisational ability. You will need good typing skills, and the ability to understand legal jargon.

Legal secretary salaries in the UK may vary starting from £18,000. With experience professionals may earn up to £45K. Salaries will vary depending on a range of factors including your skills, experience and qualifications, your location, the type of employer you work for and the sector you work in.

Common legal secretary career paths include becoming 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.

Job prospects are generally good for people in this profession with plenty of opportunities to progress further. Landing a job will be relatively easy with good remuneration packages and considerable job security.

On the other hand, this profession can be stressful and requires continued development. It involves a lot of time, paperwork and negotiations with legal assistants, lawyers, clients, opposing attorneys, opposing parties and judges.