Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

How to Become a Legal Assistant

Legal Assistants

Legal Assistants schedule appointments, meetings and arrange conferences.

Many legal assistants enjoy the best of both worlds. They get the stability and challenge of a lawyer’s job, with a bit less stress (depending on where you work). It’s an industry with a growing need for young talent. If you’re focused and detail-oriented, it might be perfect for you.

Your Day-to-Day Tasks Will Include:

  • Preparing legal documents, such as deeds, wills, affidavits and briefs
  • Reviewing and proofreading documents and correspondence to ensure compliance with legal procedures and grammatical usage
  • Scheduling appointments, meetings and conferences
  • Setting up and maintain filing systems
  • Handling regular and electronic mail and other incoming materials
  • Maintaining office procedures and routines
  • Taking notes, minutes and dictation

Where to Study:

You can get trained at schools like:

What Else Do I Need:

If you want to upgrade to become a paralegal, you might need to take more courses, or be certified provincially, depending on what province you want to work/study in.

Where the jobs are:

You can find work in offices all over Canada and can fill other roles like corporate law legal assistant, legal secretary, litigation legal assistant, litigation secretary or real estate secretary.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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  1. University Language Says:

    This series is great – very helpful for students deciding on careers!

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