Career Spotlight – Legal Secretary

by Jessica Nolan October 28, 2020 No comments Blog

Interested in a law career that doesn’t involve arguing with judges? Then being a legal secretary could be the job for you!

If you are interested in the legal profession, but don’t want to take centre stage in a courtroom, this is a fantastic career path option. Most of the important work that surrounds legal cases takes place away from the public eye, and as a legal secretary; you will be responsible for keeping a law firm’s affairs running smoothly.

Duties will include:

  • Preparing correspondence
  • Typing legal documents – motions, briefs, pleadings and legal invoices
  • Researching and communicating with legal experts, vendors and other staff members.
  • Producing legal documentation such as court papers, contracts and wills.
  • Accompanying solicitors to police cells or the courtroom.
  • Answering your employers’ telephone calls.
  • Being in charge of petty cash while keeping a detailed record of costs.
  • Making appointments for your employer.
  • General administration work such as filing.

As a legal secretary, you will most likely work standard weekday hours and there may be part-time positions on offer for applicants seeking flexible hours. Although you will spend much of your working day in an office, there will be occasions when you travel to a police station or a court with a solicitor. However, don’t expect your courtroom visits to be as exciting as they look on TV!

So – Are you ready to start your law career? (without actually spending 10 years to become a lawyer??)

Then check out the course options below, and we will SEE YOU IN COURT!!!

Certificate in Legal Administration – QQI Level 5 – Rathmines College

This course in one year in length, and course content includes:

  • Legal Practice & Procedure
  • Information & Administration
  • Text Production
  • Word Processing
  • Audio Transcription
  • Reception & Front Line Office
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Language (Optional)

For more information, or to enquire, click here.

Legal Secretary Diploma – Pitman Training

Whether you’re a newly-experienced secretary or you’ve been in the role for a while, becoming a Legal Secretary is within your reach! This Legal Secretarial Diploma is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and understanding that is required to work within the legal profession, or the legal department of a large firm.

This course will help you gain valuable insight and practical experience of the role and responsibilities of a Legal Secretary. You’ll work through practical lessons and look at the legal office, including practitioners and support staff. Next, you will go on to examine civil and criminal law, the court system and how legislation happens. This course is open to students studying in Ireland.

For more information or to apply for this course, click here.

Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executives) Part Time – Independent College

If you are interested in a career as a Legal Executive in Ireland, this is the course for you. It is 20 weeks in duration, and course content includes:

Unit 1: Law of Wills & Succession; Probate Practice

Unit 2: Family Law; Family Law & Practice

Unit 3: Employment Law; Employment Law & Practice

Unit 4* (elective): Criminal Law & Procedure

Unit 4* (elective): Company & Partnership Law & Practice; Company Law Practice

Looking for a career change but don’t think Legal admin is for you? Make sure to check out our course search for more!