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Legal Assistant Job Description

Legal Assistant

  • Salary range: $40,000-$75,000
  • Sweet spot: $55,000-$65,000
  • Major cities: $55,000-$75,000
  • Other markets: $40,000-$60,000
  • Bonus: Customary

A legal assistant helps with the administrative and client service-focused aspects of a law practice or similar office. This includes greeting clients and ensuring good communication with the firm, preparing invoices and collecting client payment, helping lawyers and paralegals draft and proofread documents, and scheduling appointments, meetings, interviews, court dates, and calls. Some legal assistants perform research and have similar responsibilities to a paralegal. Paralegals tend to have more responsibilities that relate to the technical aspects of law.

Even though they work closely with clients, legal assistants and paralegals, are not attorneys and, therefore, not qualified to give legal advice.

Job Description

  • Provide administrative support to lawyers, legal teams and clients
  • Maintain calendar and schedules, making appointments, reservations etc., as required
  • Draft and proof legal documents, correspondence, and pleadings and file with the courts
  • Summarize depositions, interrogatories, and testimony
  • Collect and organize evidence and legal documents for lawyer / team review
  • Communicate with witnesses and clients to schedule meetings, interviews, depositions and court dates
  • Maintain contact with the client; ensure client well-being
  • Organize and maintain legal files, both paper and electronic. Improve filing system as required
  • Invoice clients
  • Arrange travel including flights, ground transportation, lodging, dining and other activities

Critical Soft Skills

  • Comfortable with complexity / ambiguityOrganized
  • Strong communicator
  • Efficient time manager
  • Detail-oriented
  • Problem solver / resourceful
  • Discreet
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Multitasker
  • Self starter / takes initiative
  • Works well under pressure

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