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Legal Secretaries
District Of Columbia

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Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

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Currently Employed: 6,397

Projected Annual Job Openings: 130

Typical Hourly Wage: $27.29 - $40.76

Typical Annual Salary: $56,800 - $84,800

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Prepare and process legal documents and papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, and pretrial agreements.
  • Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.
  • Receive and place telephone calls.
  • Organize and maintain law libraries, documents, and case files.
  • Schedule and make appointments.
  • Make photocopies of correspondence, documents, and other printed matter.
  • Assist attorneys in collecting information such as employment, medical, and other records.
  • Prepare and distribute invoices to bill clients or pay account expenses.
  • Draft and type office memos.
  • Complete various forms, such as accident reports, trial and courtroom requests, and applications for clients.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Notebook computers
  • Pagers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Special purpose telephones

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Presentation software
  • Word processing software

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