Legal secretary

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Legal secretaries provide administrative support for solicitors, barristers and legal executives.
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What does a legal secretary do?

Legal secretaries provide administrative support for solicitors, barristers and legal executives. You’ll be producing legal letters and documents, such as wills. You’ll need to understand complex legal language and have excellent administration and IT skills. 


What do I need to do to become a legal secretary?

You do not need specific qualifications to become a legal secretary, but you will need excellent administrative and word processing skills. You will normally have a GCSE in English at grade C or higher.  

You may find it helpful to gain skills in office work and administration through taking a course at your local college. Alternatively, you could gain skills in secretarial work through an apprenticeship. 


Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Word processing
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Literacy
  • IT
  • Interpersonal skills

Desirable qualifications

  • GCSE English (grade C or above)

Where could I be working?

You may be working for a small solicitors' practice, a barristers chambers or a large legal firm. 

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