Legal secretaries perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May perform other general office work as required including preparing financial statements.
B. Prepare and key in correspondence and legal documents, such as deeds, wills, affidavits and briefs, from handwritten copy, shorthand and machine dictation using computers
C. Review and proofread documents and correspondence to ensure compliance with legal procedures and grammatical usage
D. Schedule appointments, meetings and conferences for employer
E. Set up and maintain filing systems, utilizing knowledge of legal records and procedures and frequently controlling confidential materials and documents
F. Open and distribute regular and electronic incoming mail and other material and co-ordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments or organizations
G. Determine and establish office procedures and routines
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a one- or two-year college or other program for secretaries or legal secretaries is usually required.
3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.
2. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Legal Secretaries is $17.09/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.