What does a Legal Assistant do?

Legal assistants support lawyers with various tasks, including conducting legal research, drafting and reviewing documents, communicating with clients, preparing hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files.

A high school degree is required to become a legal assistant and most legal assistants have an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. Legal assistants are typically highly organized and detail-oriented, and have strong communication skills.

  • Collect, examine, and organize evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
  • Draft and proofread correspondence and legal documents, such as pleadings and contracts
  • Research regulations, laws, and legal articles to assist with the preparation of reports, case files, and legal advice
  • Manage client billing by preparing, finalizing, and sending out bills, as well as resolving billing issues in cooperation with the billing attorney
  • Communicate with clients and witnesses to schedule meetings, interviews, and depositions
  • Manage, organize, and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems
  • Provide general administrative assistance, such as maintaining the attorney's calendar and making travel arrangements
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • associate's degree in paralegal studies, a paralegal certificate, or a Bachelor's degree preferred
  • 1-5 years of experience as an administrative assistant (preferably in a law firm or in a corporate legal department), legal assistant, legal secretary, or paralegal
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and professional demeanor
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently, manage large workloads, and keep deadlines
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Legal Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£20,933 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £21K
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Legal Assistant Career Path

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Hall & EvansHall & Evans
Legal Assistant
18 Sep 2020

“Certain practice groups are great to work in and I made lifelong friends while I was working here.”

Fuller, Chlouber & FrizzellFuller, Chlouber & Frizzell
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
7 Jan 2021

“The job was somewhat repetitive after awhile but it was nice to have a set schedule.”

Real Estate Legal Solutions
Legal Assistant
8 Sep 2021

“Real Estate Legal Solutions created a great working environment and was a place I looked forward to going everyday.”

Zwicker & AssociatesZwicker & Associates
Litigation Assistant
26 Jun 2020

“Pay is TERRIBLE good luck asking for a raise and I constantly was getting “written up” for tiny mistakes.”

Americans for Immigrant JusticeAmericans for Immigrant Justice
Legal Assistant
25 Jun 2021

“profit means the pay is not amazing but I would say competitive for this type of work.”

Legal Assistant
13 Jul 2021

“Only people who rated this higher than a 2 is family or close friends to Lisa.”

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & ZissuFross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu
Legal Assistant
8 Apr 2021

“My attorney is a terrible manager and asks us to do things not included in our job description including paying their personal bills.”

Gibbs Law GroupGibbs Law Group
Litigation Assistant
10 Aug 2021

“During my time at GLG I experienced rapid personal and professional growth and gained skills I will carry with me throughout my career.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a legal assistant

When working as a legal assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Copying, Written Communication, Attention To Detail, Filing and Sensitive.

The most similar professions to legal assistant are:
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Analyst
  • Legal Secretary
  • Law Clerk

The most common qualifications to become a legal assistant is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.