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Legal Secretaries

Legal secretaries perform office administrative duties for legal firms. Legal secretaries prepare documents, including complaints, subpoenas and court motions. They also verify information, sources and quotes that will be utilized in court trials and other types of legal proceedings. They need a solid foundation regarding the court system and legal terminology. Legal secretaries can also function as administrative assistants and executive assistants in the legal industry.

Responsibilities

  • Perform information processing and storage
  • Prepare documents and perform research
  • Make schedules and appointments
  • Perform database searches and review legal publications to find court decisions and laws that are relevant to law cases
  • Arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to court officials, clients and witnesses
  • Organize and maintain law libraries, case files and documents
  • Draft and type office memos
  • Help lawyers gather information
  • Attend legal meetings and take notes

Job Characteristics

Legal secretaries typically work 40 hours a week, however sometimes overtime is required. Legal secretaries should have good oral and written communications skills. They should be well organized and detailed oriented. Good word processing skills are also important for the occupation. A legal secretary often communicates with lawyers, legal experts and other legal personnel.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 12 percent job growth for legal secretaries from 2006 to 2016. Candidates that hold a bachelor's degree or have acquired some formal training as a legal secretary have the best career opportunities. A need to lower legal costs and an increased demand for legal services should continue to provide job opportunities for legal secretaries.

The median annual earnings in 2006 for legal secretaries was $38,190. The salary depends on years of experience and the location of the job. Legal secretaries employed in large metropolitan areas such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago usually receive higher salaries due to the larger number of corporations and private legal practices that are located in large cities.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Legal secretarial certificate and degree programs in legal studies are provided at community colleges, private careers schools and technical centers. The programs usually take one to two years to complete. They usually include courses such as legal applications and legal research. Some employers seek applicants that have a bachelor's degree with a minor in legal studies.

Through a testing procedure, the National Association of Legal Assistants offers the Accredited Legal Secretary designation to those that have, at a minimum, one year of experience in the legal field and to those that have completed an approved training course. The association also provides the Professional Legal Secretary certificate for legal support professionals.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employers are law firms, legal support services, insurance carriers, corporations and the government.

Schools for Legal Secretaries are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Legal Secretaries

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Legal Secretaries jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 1360 $43,540
Hoover 1360 $43,540
Montgomery 490 $37,680
Mobile 360 $37,200
Huntsville 310 $25,760
Dothan 190 $33,500
Tuscaloosa 190 $34,100
Muscle Shoals 110 $32,980
Florence 110 $32,980
Fairhope 100 $37,710
Foley 100 $37,710
Daphne 100 $37,710
Anniston 70 $39,560
Jacksonville 70 $39,560
Oxford 70 $39,560
Gadsden 50 $28,030
Decatur 30 $34,460
Opelika -2222 $25,140
Auburn -2222 $25,140
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 160 $47,730
Fairbanks 40 $42,640
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2230 $47,530
Phoenix 2230 $47,530
Mesa 2230 $47,530
Tucson 470 $38,090
Kingman 50 $34,900
Lake Havasu City 50 $34,900
Yuma 50 $36,700
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jonesboro 50 $31,390
Pine Bluff 40 $35,670
Conway -2222 $34,710
North Little Rock -2222 $34,710
Little Rock -2222 $34,710
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 14780 $50,890
Long Beach 14780 $50,890
Los Angeles 14780 $50,890
San Francisco 3870 $67,920
Hayward 3870 $67,920
Oakland 3870 $67,920
San Diego 2690 $46,960
Carlsbad 2690 $46,960
Roseville 1830 $48,950
Arden 1830 $48,950
Arcade 1830 $48,950
Sacramento 1830 $48,950
San Jose 1080 $66,990
Sunnyvale 1080 $66,990
Santa Clara 1080 $66,990
Riverside 1000 $36,920
Ontario 1000 $36,920
San Bernardino 1000 $36,920
Fresno 590 $52,530
Thousand Oaks 400 $56,880
Oxnard 400 $56,880
Ventura 400 $56,880
Santa Maria 290 $35,960
Santa Barbara 290 $35,960
Bakersfield 250 $45,740
Arroyo Grande 250 $47,870
Paso Robles 250 $47,870
San Luis Obispo 250 $47,870
Redding 150 $39,700
Santa Rosa 150 $51,140
Lodi 150 $58,460
Stockton 150 $58,460
Santa Cruz 120 $46,670
Watsonville 120 $46,670
Salinas 100 $35,780
Fairfield 100 $49,250
Vallejo 100 $49,250
Modesto 90 $33,350
Napa 70 $51,200
Yuba City 60 $29,480
Merced 60 $36,330
Visalia -2222 $40,220
Porterville -2222 $40,220
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 2050 $-2,222
Denver 2050 $-2,222
Aurora 2050 $-2,222
Fort Collins 130 $-2,222
Boulder 120 $45,330
Pueblo 40 $34,770
Colorado Springs -2222 $40,060
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 750 $51,700
West Hartford 750 $51,700
Hartford 750 $51,700
Stamford 410 $56,810
Norwalk 410 $56,810
Bridgeport 410 $56,810
New Haven 130 $53,030
Danbury 50 $40,090
Waterbury -2222 $47,890
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 110 $30,770
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 4970 $40,370
West Palm Beach 4970 $40,370
Fort Lauderdale 4970 $40,370
Tampa 1370 $41,430
Clearwater 1370 $41,430
St. Petersburg 1370 $41,430
Sanford 860 $31,720
Orlando 860 $31,720
Kissimmee 860 $31,720
Jacksonville 770 $40,690
Tallahassee 300 $37,720
Pensacola 270 $32,160
Brent 270 $32,160
Ferry Pass 270 $32,160
North Port 260 $43,570
Bradenton 260 $43,570
Sarasota 260 $43,570
Fort Myers 220 $47,310
Cape Coral 220 $47,310
Melbourne 180 $35,590
Palm Bay 180 $35,590
Titusville 180 $35,590
Winter Haven 170 $35,900
Lakeland 170 $35,900
Daytona Beach 150 $39,910
Deltona 150 $39,910
Ormond Beach 150 $39,910
Gainesville 120 $35,970
Port St. Lucie 90 $30,790
Panama City 90 $33,470
Naples 90 $35,230
Immokalee 90 $35,230
Marco Island 90 $35,230
Vero Beach 70 $35,540
Sebastian 70 $35,540
Ocala 40 $38,020
Destin -2222 $28,240
Crestview -2222 $28,240
Fort Walton Beach -2222 $28,240
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 2830 $43,320
Roswell 2830 $43,320
Sandy Springs 2830 $43,320
Savannah 170 $45,750
Macon 160 $34,020
Albany 100 $35,170
Gainesville 60 $41,860
Dalton -2222 $31,230
Valdosta -2222 $36,660
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 530 $50,160
Lahaina 90 $41,410
Wailuku 90 $41,410
Kahului 90 $41,410
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 250 $37,420
Idaho Falls 60 $35,730
Coeur d'Alene -2222 $27,950
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bloomington 140 $39,870
Decatur 110 $37,900
Rockford 110 $58,210
Springfield 100 $44,110
Urbana 90 $39,580
Champaign 90 $39,580
Kankakee 40 $32,440
Danville 40 $48,360
Marion -2222 $34,020
Carbondale -2222 $34,020
Peoria -2222 $43,860
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1580 $36,760
Carmel 1580 $36,760
Indianapolis 1580 $36,760
Terre Haute 60 $31,940
Goshen 50 $25,330
Elkhart 50 $25,330
Michigan City 40 $29,440
La Porte 40 $29,440
West Lafayette 30 $26,370
Lafayette 30 $26,370
Columbus -2222 $29,830
Fort Wayne -2222 $36,920
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 530 $43,670
West Des Moines 530 $43,670
Iowa City 50 $31,600
Cedar Rapids 40 $44,610
Dubuque -2222 $32,380
Cedar Falls -2222 $32,760
Waterloo -2222 $32,760
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 360 $35,630
Topeka 320 $28,310
Lawrence 40 $35,150
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 410 $35,830
Fayette 410 $35,830
Bowling Green 70 $30,230
Fort Knox 40 $29,190
Elizabethtown 40 $29,190
Owensboro -2222 $28,640
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 1310 $36,550
New Orleans 1310 $36,550
Baton Rouge 800 $37,420
Bossier City 220 $33,040
Shreveport 220 $33,040
Alexandria 190 $36,910
Lake Charles 150 $30,990
Monroe 110 $-1,111
Houma 60 $29,830
Thibodaux 60 $29,830
Hammond 50 $36,120
Lafayette -2222 $34,540
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 390 $39,590
South Portland 390 $39,590
Bangor 50 $36,480
Auburn 50 $50,240
Lewiston 50 $50,240
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 2200 $37,010
Columbia 2200 $37,010
Baltimore 2200 $37,010
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 140 $43,410
Pittsfield 60 $34,640
New Bedford -2222 $34,350
Gardner -2222 $49,650
Leominster -2222 $49,650
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 2740 $48,780
Dearborn 2740 $48,780
Detroit 2740 $48,780
Lansing 520 $50,320
East Lansing 520 $50,320
Wyoming 490 $51,140
Grand Rapids 490 $51,140
Ann Arbor 240 $46,580
Flint 190 $39,170
Kalamazoo 130 $43,890
Portage 130 $43,890
Jackson 60 $36,940
Muskegon 50 $35,220
Bay City -2222 $33,790
Saginaw -2222 $35,510
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 70 $43,920
North Mankato 40 $37,810
Mankato 40 $37,810
Rochester -2222 $37,390
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 410 $44,670
Pascagoula 100 $40,410
Biloxi 100 $40,410
Gulfport 100 $40,410
Hattiesburg -2222 $34,140
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Joplin 140 $28,300
Jefferson City 130 $39,900
Columbia 80 $29,140
Springfield -2222 $29,840
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 210 $28,560
Great Falls 110 $34,330
Billings 90 $35,890
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 200 $36,600
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1540 $44,360
Henderson 1540 $44,360
Las Vegas 1540 $44,360
Reno 310 $53,780
Carson City 70 $44,790
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 170 $47,000
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 520 $51,600
Hammonton 280 $46,760
Atlantic City 280 $46,760
Bridgeton 150 $37,880
Vineland 150 $37,880
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 890 $35,740
Santa Fe 210 $41,250
Farmington 70 $34,720
Las Cruces -2222 $27,630
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 1080 $43,400
Buffalo 1080 $43,400
Niagara Falls 1080 $43,400
Rochester 660 $34,550
Troy 490 $50,030
Albany 490 $50,030
Schenectady 490 $50,030
Syracuse 410 $41,640
Binghamton 80 $39,400
Utica 50 $60,440
Rome 50 $60,440
Glens Falls -2222 $37,630
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 450 $57,850
High Point 210 $39,240
Greensboro 210 $39,240
Salem 140 $41,440
Winston 140 $41,440
Durham 100 $40,840
Chapel Hill 100 $40,840
Fayetteville 60 $43,820
Asheville -2222 $37,340
Wilmington -2222 $43,660
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 100 $36,670
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 2180 $44,700
Elyria 2180 $44,700
Columbus 1600 $40,770
Akron 590 $31,410
Toledo 590 $32,420
Dayton 290 $47,740
Massillon 280 $32,600
Canton 280 $32,600
Lima 80 $29,560
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 660 $42,710
Tulsa 480 $41,940
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 250 $40,850
Eugene 170 $47,860
Redmond 140 $37,960
Bend 140 $37,960
Medford 80 $39,470
Corvallis 30 $34,740
Grants Pass 30 $38,720
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1830 $47,140
Harrisburg 670 $47,420
Carlisle 670 $47,420
York 230 $40,960
Hanover 230 $40,960
Erie 200 $35,870
Scranton 180 $32,090
Hazleton 180 $32,090
Barre 180 $32,090
Wilkes 180 $32,090
Lancaster 150 $31,640
Reading 120 $45,940
State College 80 $38,780
Williamsport -2222 $24,220
Johnstown -2222 $30,220
Chambersburg -2222 $40,090
Waynesboro -2222 $40,090
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 3130 $25,180
San Juan 3130 $25,180
Caguas 3130 $25,180
Isabela 120 $19,410
Aguadilla 120 $19,410
Ponce 110 $18,170
Mayag�ez 60 $18,100
Arecibo -2222 $17,920
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 530 $33,970
North Charleston 530 $33,970
Columbia 460 $44,510
Mauldin 310 $44,260
Anderson 310 $44,260
Greenville 310 $44,260
Florence 110 $30,300
Spartanburg 60 $36,720
Beaufort 50 $28,510
Hilton Head Island 50 $28,510
Bluffton 50 $28,510
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 160 $30,960
Sioux Falls 160 $35,610
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1260 $40,720
Franklin 1260 $40,720
Davidson 1260 $40,720
Nashville 1260 $40,720
Knoxville 490 $39,520
Cleveland 40 $33,780
Morristown -2222 $30,710
Jackson -2222 $35,140
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 4590 $46,790
Dallas 4590 $46,790
Arlington 4590 $46,790
Houston 3310 $45,580
The Woodlands 3310 $45,580
Sugar Land 3310 $45,580
New Braunfels 1600 $33,090
San Antonio 1600 $33,090
Austin 940 $44,420
Round Rock 940 $44,420
El Paso 400 $37,320
Brownsville 270 $34,950
Harlingen 270 $34,950
Corpus Christi 260 $37,490
Beaumont 260 $39,720
Port Arthur 260 $39,720
Amarillo 250 $42,330
Bryan 170 $35,160
College Station 170 $35,160
Lubbock 110 $30,990
San Angelo 90 $31,880
Laredo 90 $35,640
Waco 70 $41,940
Wichita Falls 60 $25,920
Odessa 50 $35,350
Denison 30 $34,980
Sherman 30 $34,980
Midland 30 $47,580
Temple -2222 $19,760
Killeen -2222 $19,760
Tyler -2222 $31,100
Victoria -2222 $31,250
Longview -2222 $32,530
Mission -2222 $36,340
Edinburg -2222 $36,340
McAllen -2222 $36,340
Abilene -2222 $54,110
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 890 $39,250
St. George 80 $32,020
Clearfield 60 $45,390
Ogden 60 $45,390
Orem -2222 $34,130
Provo -2222 $34,130
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington -2222 $54,620
Burlington -2222 $54,620
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 680 $42,740
Roanoke 160 $37,000
Charlottesville 50 $48,050
Lynchburg -2222 $49,780
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 2310 $53,380
Tacoma 2310 $53,380
Seattle 2310 $53,380
Spokane 390 $41,510
Spokane Valley 390 $41,510
Tumwater 290 $41,310
Olympia 290 $41,310
Kennewick 220 $31,640
Richland 220 $31,640
Yakima 80 $44,760
Walla Walla 30 $34,170
Wenatchee -2222 $34,120
Bremerton -2222 $41,830
Silverdale -2222 $41,830
Bellingham -2222 $45,810
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 300 $44,160
Beckley 80 $41,620
Morgantown 50 $38,230
Vienna -2222 $31,940
Parkersburg -2222 $31,940
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1020 $41,900
Milwaukee 1020 $41,900
Waukesha 1020 $41,900
Madison 230 $42,840
Neenah 60 $35,800
Oshkosh 60 $35,800
Wausau 40 $34,710
Racine -2222 $37,880
Green Bay -2222 $38,570
Appleton -2222 $42,470
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 90 $37,640
Cheyenne 80 $34,150

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Legal Secretaries

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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 224,060 87% $39,720
Government 19,610 7% $38,180
Office Services And Staffing 3,870 1% $41,530
Insurance 2,940 1% $44,570
Business Management 2,620 1% $52,020
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