Legal Secretary

Alternate Titles: Law Secretary, Legal Administrative Assistant


Legal Secretaries perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Legal Secretaries prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. They may also assist with legal research.  

Legal Secretaries prepare and process legal documents and papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, and pretrial agreements.  They mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials, and receive and place telephone calls.  Legal Secretaries are responsible for organizing and maintaining law libraries, documents, and case files.  They schedule and make appointments, and make photocopies of correspondence, documents, and other printed matter.  

Legal Secretaries also assist attorneys in collecting information such as employment, medical, and other records.  They draft and type office memos, complete various forms, such as accident reports, trial and courtroom requests, and applications for clients, and prepare and distribute invoices to bill clients or pay account expenses.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, O-Net Online