Are you interested in the law?
Are you organized and can you take good notes?
If you also have skills in the areas of:
...then a career as a legal administrative assistant may be a good fit for you!
What does a legal assistant do?
Duties generally include:
Preparing legal documents (deeds, wills, and affidavits)
Ensuring that legal documents are free from errors and comply with the law via proofreading
Administrative tasks such as organizing files, scheduling appointments and meetings
Opening office mail and distributing it to recipients
Communicating with other departments or organizations
Taking notes in court, meetings, or conferences
Converting written notes or dictations into legal briefs
What would NOT be part of a legal assistant's duties?
Where do legal assistants work?
Real estate companies
Land title offices
Municipal, regional, and federal courts
Legal departments of large companies
Across Canada, the median wage for legal assistants is $24.73/hr. Wages are the highest in Western Canada, the highest being Alberta's median wage at $28.85/hr.
Job prospects across the Canadian provinces are moderate to good. According to the Government of Canada, "for legal administrative assistants, over the period 2022-2031, new job openings are expected to total 18,000."
In the US, the average pay for legal secretaries nationwide is $25/hr. Minnesota has the highest average wage ($27.51) while Florida has the lowest ($18.53).
According to ZipRecruiter, the average pay varies greatly, suggesting that the pay depends on skill and years of experience, so there are lots of opportunities for advancement in career path!
To be a legal administrative assistant, usually you need to complete:
A one- or two-year college or other program for secretaries or legal secretaries
How do you know if this is a good career for you?