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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 1410 $46,070
Birmingham 1410 $46,070
Montgomery 510 $36,340
Mobile 400 $29,230
Huntsville 320 $29,660
Dothan 160 $33,330
Tuscaloosa 120 $31,540
Opelika 50 $23,560
Auburn 50 $23,560
Gadsden N/A $30,790
Florence N/A $31,530
Muscle Shoals N/A $31,530
Decatur N/A $35,800
Fairhope N/A $37,440
Daphne N/A $37,440
Foley N/A $37,440
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 230 $45,850
Fairbanks 40 $40,020
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2580 $45,800
Scottsdale 2580 $45,800
Mesa 2580 $45,800
Tucson 670 $35,010
Yuma 50 $35,850
Prescott 50 $37,330
Lake Havasu City 40 $32,600
Kingman 40 $32,600
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 560 $32,840
North Little Rock 560 $32,840
Little Rock 560 $32,840
Jonesboro 80 $29,430
Hot Springs 60 $33,500
Pine Bluff 40 $36,060
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 14100 $49,810
Los Angeles 14100 $49,810
Anaheim 14100 $49,810
Hayward 4690 $63,470
Oakland 4690 $63,470
San Francisco 4690 $63,470
Carlsbad 2820 $47,090
San Diego 2820 $47,090
Arden 1910 $47,190
Arcade 1910 $47,190
Roseville 1910 $47,190
Sacramento 1910 $47,190
Santa Clara 1080 $66,980
San Jose 1080 $66,980
Sunnyvale 1080 $66,980
Ontario 910 $36,980
San Bernardino 910 $36,980
Riverside 910 $36,980
Fresno 630 $45,840
Oxnard 400 $56,650
Thousand Oaks 400 $56,650
Ventura 400 $56,650
Bakersfield 240 $41,830
San Luis Obispo 240 $46,490
Arroyo Grande 240 $46,490
Paso Robles 240 $46,490
Fairfield 190 $39,520
Vallejo 190 $39,520
Santa Maria 190 $45,960
Santa Barbara 190 $45,960
Salinas 170 $34,750
Chico 170 $42,510
Lodi 160 $47,690
Stockton 160 $47,690
Santa Rosa 150 $48,710
Redding 140 $35,620
Modesto 130 $42,870
Porterville 80 $37,610
Visalia 80 $37,610
Merced 60 $35,000
Napa 60 $56,100
Madera 40 $34,400
Yuba City 40 $39,120
Hanford N/A $35,970
Corcoran N/A $35,970
Santa Cruz N/A $42,180
Watsonville N/A $42,180
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1730 $50,020
Aurora 1730 $50,020
Denver 1730 $50,020
Colorado Springs 420 $35,870
Fort Collins 160 $40,410
Boulder 100 $44,530
Pueblo 50 $36,810
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 840 $47,430
East Hartford 840 $47,430
West Hartford 840 $47,430
Bridgeport 550 $39,470
Norwalk 550 $39,470
Stamford 550 $39,470
New Haven 190 $37,810
Waterbury 80 $45,770
Danbury 30 $36,600
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 110 $28,770
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 6900 $38,940
West Palm Beach 6900 $38,940
Miami 6900 $38,940
Tampa 1590 $41,410
St. Petersburg 1590 $41,410
Clearwater 1590 $41,410
Kissimmee 1150 $41,570
Sanford 1150 $41,570
Orlando 1150 $41,570
Jacksonville 770 $36,920
Sarasota 460 $39,120
North Port 460 $39,120
Bradenton 460 $39,120
Tallahassee 350 $37,530
Ferry Pass 290 $31,490
Pensacola 290 $31,490
Brent 290 $31,490
Cape Coral 270 $30,040
Fort Myers 270 $30,040
Lakeland 200 $35,670
Winter Haven 200 $35,670
Titusville 190 $39,580
Melbourne 190 $39,580
Palm Bay 190 $39,580
Deltona 180 $36,970
Daytona Beach 180 $36,970
Ormond Beach 180 $36,970
Gainesville 170 $34,270
Immokalee 130 $40,350
Marco Island 130 $40,350
Naples 130 $40,350
Ocala 130 $41,930
Vero Beach 90 $33,030
Sebastian 90 $33,030
Panama City 80 $36,170
Port St. Lucie 70 $29,600
Crestview 60 $25,630
Fort Walton Beach 60 $25,630
Destin 60 $25,630
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 4040 $41,030
Roswell 4040 $41,030
Atlanta 4040 $41,030
Macon 210 $33,000
Albany 180 $29,810
Savannah 150 $43,300
Dalton 80 $34,050
Gainesville 60 $39,650
Brunswick 50 $28,950
Rome 30 $34,950
Valdosta N/A $41,770
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 680 $50,170
Lahaina N/A $42,820
Wailuku N/A $42,820
Kahului N/A $42,820
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 210 $40,440
Coeur d'Alene N/A $25,100
Idaho Falls N/A $32,420
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 260 $40,610
Bloomington 220 $37,160
Decatur 160 $36,610
Springfield 140 $42,200
Marion 120 $32,360
Carbondale 120 $32,360
Champaign 60 $42,300
Urbana 60 $42,300
Danville 40 $33,310
Kankakee 40 $37,150
Rockford N/A $47,870
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1690 $37,960
Indianapolis 1690 $37,960
Carmel 1690 $37,960
Fort Wayne 170 $35,090
Lafayette 80 $39,450
West Lafayette 80 $39,450
Bloomington 70 $34,530
Terre Haute 60 $31,880
Elkhart 50 $29,890
Goshen 50 $29,890
La Porte 30 $32,370
Michigan City 30 $32,370
Columbus N/A $30,380
Kokomo N/A $44,280
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 390 $50,370
Des Moines 390 $50,370
Cedar Falls 40 $29,120
Waterloo 40 $29,120
Iowa City 40 $31,330
Dubuque 40 $33,080
Ames 40 $34,050
Cedar Rapids N/A $37,240
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 290 $36,400
Topeka 220 $28,720
Lawrence 40 $35,950
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 460 $34,840
Fayette 460 $34,840
Owensboro 170 $29,730
Bowling Green 70 $35,140
Fort Knox 50 $28,540
Elizabethtown 50 $28,540
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 1540 $35,920
Metairie 1540 $35,920
Baton Rouge 690 $34,760
Lafayette 260 $33,080
Bossier City 160 $28,760
Shreveport 160 $28,760
Lake Charles 140 $29,800
Alexandria 120 $35,140
Hammond 60 $34,860
Houma 40 $33,590
Thibodaux 40 $33,590
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 460 $38,510
Portland 460 $38,510
Bangor 90 $34,470
Auburn N/A $42,890
Lewiston N/A $42,890
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 2460 $37,590
Columbia 2460 $37,590
Baltimore 2460 $37,590
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 200 $40,660
New Bedford 60 $44,120
Pittsfield N/A $34,640
Gardner N/A $38,850
Leominster N/A $38,850
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2810 $52,150
Detroit 2810 $52,150
Warren 2810 $52,150
Lansing 440 $44,310
East Lansing 440 $44,310
Grand Rapids 410 $48,750
Wyoming 410 $48,750
Flint 260 $36,230
Ann Arbor 230 $43,400
Portage 160 $46,500
Kalamazoo 160 $46,500
Muskegon 60 $35,470
Bay City 40 $34,170
Jackson 40 $36,520
Saginaw N/A $35,400
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 100 $38,310
Rochester 30 $33,550
North Mankato 30 $38,670
Mankato 30 $38,670
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 460 $45,360
Pascagoula 160 $36,240
Biloxi 160 $36,240
Gulfport 160 $36,240
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 120 $36,420
Springfield 90 $36,710
Joplin N/A $26,620
Columbia N/A $28,600
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 200 $32,900
Billings 140 $36,410
Great Falls 100 $32,810
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 180 $34,990
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1840 $46,510
Henderson 1840 $46,510
Las Vegas 1840 $46,510
Reno 360 $52,930
Carson City 60 $44,260
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 180 $53,020
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 550 $51,810
Hammonton 300 $45,950
Atlantic City 300 $45,950
Bridgeton 150 $37,140
Vineland 150 $37,140
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 550 $33,240
Santa Fe 100 $35,980
Farmington 30 $33,720
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 1140 $41,340
Buffalo 1140 $41,340
Niagara Falls 1140 $41,340
Rochester 780 $38,600
Schenectady 460 $48,890
Albany 460 $48,890
Troy 460 $48,890
Syracuse 400 $47,520
Rome 100 $38,420
Utica 100 $38,420
Binghamton 70 $36,020
Glens Falls 40 $36,300
Elmira 40 $51,480
Kingston N/A $20,100
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 380 $59,060
High Point 180 $38,290
Greensboro 180 $38,290
Winston 150 $45,050
Salem 150 $45,050
Durham 100 $37,030
Chapel Hill 100 $37,030
Asheville N/A $36,110
Fayetteville N/A $44,340
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 110 $36,500
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 2570 $41,960
Elyria 2570 $41,960
Columbus 1210 $42,200
Toledo 720 $32,880
Akron 630 $30,940
Dayton 470 $42,930
Massillon 360 $30,540
Canton 360 $30,540
Lima 100 $30,000
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 700 $40,040
Tulsa 580 $38,890
Lawton N/A $19,140
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 410 $36,530
Eugene 160 $45,340
Medford 90 $39,080
Corvallis 30 $32,170
Albany 30 $34,490
Grants Pass 30 $37,330
Redmond N/A $30,680
Bend N/A $30,680
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2010 $42,690
Harrisburg 640 $45,020
Carlisle 640 $45,020
Hazleton 390 $33,460
Wilkes 390 $33,460
Barre 390 $33,460
Scranton 390 $33,460
Lancaster 200 $29,360
Erie 180 $31,940
Reading 110 $42,730
State College 70 $37,070
Lebanon 50 $29,290
Williamsport 40 $23,230
Johnstown N/A $31,390
Berwick N/A $35,870
Bloomsburg N/A $35,870
Hanover N/A $40,710
York N/A $40,710
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 3390 $24,810
Carolina 3390 $24,810
San Juan 3390 $24,810
Ponce 110 $18,200
Isabela 90 $17,850
Aguadilla 90 $17,850
Mayag�ez N/A $17,730
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 510 $43,390
Anderson 460 $38,170
Mauldin 460 $38,170
Greenville 460 $38,170
North Charleston 460 $39,280
Charleston 460 $39,280
Spartanburg 80 $36,800
Florence 70 $27,260
Bluffton N/A $24,490
Hilton Head Island N/A $24,490
Beaufort N/A $24,490
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 130 $30,040
Sioux Falls 130 $37,830
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 930 $38,420
Franklin 930 $38,420
Davidson 930 $38,420
Nashville 930 $38,420
Knoxville 460 $38,710
Cleveland 40 $34,370
Morristown N/A $29,730
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 4540 $40,970
Fort Worth 4540 $40,970
Dallas 4540 $40,970
The Woodlands 3430 $50,020
Sugar Land 3430 $50,020
Houston 3430 $50,020
San Antonio 1540 $37,170
New Braunfels 1540 $37,170
Round Rock 1130 $43,360
Austin 1130 $43,360
McAllen 490 $35,180
Edinburg 490 $35,180
Mission 490 $35,180
El Paso 310 $37,380
Brownsville 260 $33,840
Harlingen 260 $33,840
Port Arthur 260 $37,310
Beaumont 260 $37,310
Corpus Christi 240 $35,250
Amarillo 200 $38,450
Odessa 120 $32,200
Lubbock 110 $30,540
Waco 100 $42,520
Wichita Falls 90 $28,730
Sherman 90 $35,580
Denison 90 $35,580
Temple 50 $19,140
Killeen 50 $19,140
San Angelo 50 $32,280
Midland 50 $47,460
Victoria N/A $29,080
Tyler N/A $31,430
Longview N/A $34,500
Bryan N/A $35,100
College Station N/A $35,100
Laredo N/A $36,490
Abilene N/A $48,970
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 940 $39,710
Provo 280 $30,030
Orem 280 $30,030
St. George 70 $31,310
Clearfield 70 $43,500
Ogden 70 $43,500
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 120 $53,520
Burlington 120 $53,520
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 620 $43,360
Roanoke 170 $39,220
Blacksburg N/A $32,750
Radford N/A $32,750
Christiansburg N/A $32,750
Lynchburg N/A $38,900
Charlottesville N/A $48,610
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 2330 $51,980
Seattle 2330 $51,980
Bellevue 2330 $51,980
Spokane 400 $42,630
Spokane Valley 400 $42,630
Olympia 300 $41,100
Tumwater 300 $41,100
Richland 190 $30,400
Kennewick 190 $30,400
Bellingham 130 $43,080
Wenatchee 80 $34,150
Silverdale 60 $40,690
Bremerton 60 $40,690
Walla Walla 30 $35,790
Mount Vernon N/A $28,310
Anacortes N/A $28,310
Yakima N/A $39,000
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 350 $41,130
Morgantown 50 $37,470
Parkersburg N/A $35,960
Vienna N/A $35,960
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 1160 $45,050
Waukesha 1160 $45,050
West Allis 1160 $45,050
Madison 240 $39,370
Green Bay 130 $38,370
Racine 80 $37,400
Appleton 70 $32,360
Oshkosh 70 $38,190
Neenah 70 $38,190
Wausau 30 $35,520
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 70 $30,850
Casper 70 $35,500

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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