Legal Secretaries
SOC: 43-6012.00


Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
215,500 employed

Projected (2024):
206,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Accredited Legal Secretary
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Certified Legal Secretary Specialist
  • Confidential Secretary
  • District Court Administrator
  • Executive Secretary
  • Judicial Administrative Assistant
  • Law Secretary
  • Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Legal Administrative Secretary
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Litigation Assistant
  • Litigation Legal Secretary
  • Litigation Secretary
  • Magistrate Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal Secretary
  • Secretary

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare and process legal documents and papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, and pretrial agreements.
  • Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.
  • Receive and place telephone calls.
  • Schedule and make appointments.
  • Make photocopies of correspondence, documents, and other printed matter.
  • Organize and maintain law libraries, documents, and case files.
  • Assist attorneys in collecting information such as employment, medical, and other records.
  • Attend legal meetings, such as client interviews, hearings, or depositions, and take notes.
  • Draft and type office memos.
  • Review legal publications and perform database searches to identify laws and court decisions relevant to pending cases.
  • Submit articles and information from searches to attorneys for review and approval for use.
  • Complete various forms, such as accident reports, trial and courtroom requests, and applications for clients.
  • Prepare and distribute invoices to bill clients or pay account expenses.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital duplicating machines
  • Document scanners
  • Document shredders
  • Electric typewriters
  • Handheld calculators
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Microfiche machines
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Pagers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Switchboards
  • Word processors
  • Accounting software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Amortization calculation software
  • Appointment scheduling software
  • Billing software
  • Case management software
  • Database software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Electronic diary software
  • Email software
  • Filing system software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Intuit Quicken software
  • Legal research software
  • Legal software
  • LexisNexis software
  • Litigation management software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Presentation software
  • Sage Peachtree software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Thomson West WestlawPRO
  • Transcription software
  • Web browser software
  • Web conferencing software
  • Web page design and editing software
  • Word processing software
  • WordPerfect

  • office and administrative support

    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330