Do you enjoy working in an office?
Does the legal industry interest you?
Do you have excellent organisational skills?
If you have answered yes to all of the above questions, then a career in legal administration might be the perfect choice for you. Let’s take a closer look at the administrative side of working in the legal industry:
Did you know that attorneys and legal executives rely heavily on their secretaries and assistants to perform day-to-day admin duties on their behalf? Without these administrative professionals, attorneys would struggle to get through their heavy workloads.
“But do I have the necessary skills for the job?” I’m sure you might ask yourself this question over and over again. Well, the answer is: You will never know unless you try!
Consider this scenario, for example:
You are an organised, computer literate individual, and you have recently developed an interest in law and legal procedures. You have a long-term goal of becoming an attorney, but you would like to gain some experience in the industry first, before committing to a degree programme. You would like to start off with an administrative position so that you can get a feel for the industry. Your plan is to work your way up from there.
Does this resonate with you at all? If it does, then consider developing your legal knowledge and skills by studying toward a legal course at Oxbridge Academy.
If you are still unsure about whether or not this career path is a suitable option for you, then take a look at some of the daily tasks that would be assigned to you if you were to start working in the field of legal administration.
Depending on the firm that employs you, and the area of law in which that firm specialises, you may have to:
- Answer the telephone in a professional manner
- Greet clients when they arrive for their appointments
- Draft letters and other legal documents (such as contracts, wills, etc.)
- Reply to and assist clients via e-mail, post, or fax
- Use a diary management system to schedule appointments and meetings
- Send out and collect documents
- File documents in accordance with the firm’s filing system
- Maintain high levels of confidentiality at all times
Now that you have some idea as to what would be expected of you in this profession, you can decide whether or not you would like to pursue a career in this direction.>
And once you’ve decided that you’d like to pursue a career in legal administration, you can register for a legal course at Oxbridge Academy to develop the basic skills you need to succeed in this field.>