In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Performing regular secretarial duties, such as answering phones and drafting correspondence.
- Preparing legal documents and assisting with legal research.
- Must be familiar with legal terminology and procedures.
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Typically requires an associate degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree would allow you to work as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant, or as an Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Your associate degree might give you advanced standing or transfer credit towards a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certification is not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) or Certified Legal Professional/ Professional Legal Secretary (CLP/PLS) certification from NALS: The National Association for Legal Support Professionals.
No licensure is required to work as a Legal Secretary.