LEGAL ADMINISTRATION JOBS
A legal administration job is a good choice if you’re looking for a more specialised role within the administrative field, if you’re a law student who wants to gain relevant practical experience, or if you want to try out the legal field before pursuing a law degree.
What types of jobs are available in the field of legal administration?
The types of jobs that are available in this field include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Legal secretary
- Legal admin assistant
- Legal administrator
- Legal receptionist
- Filing clerk
- Personal assistant (PA)
- Office Manager
The examples listed here reflect the types of administrative positions that may be available in a legal office environment. However, it is not only law firms that require the services of legal administrative professionals. Courts and government departments also need this type of support.
Keep in mind, though, that the requirements for working in a legal administrative support role in a court or in a government department may be more extensive than the requirements for securing an administrative position in a legal office. In a court environment, in particular, an LLB degree will often be the minimum qualification required.
To give you an idea of what it is like to work in a legal admin role in a legal office environment, here is a sample job description for a legal administrator position:
Job title: Legal Administrator
The legal administrator will provide high-level administrative support to the three attorneys at the firm, and will be responsible for the following:
- Managing the attorneys’ schedules
- Corresponding with clients via telephone and email
- Managing the filing system
- Managing subscriptions to legal publications
- Preparing legal documents
- Conducting research
- Providing other administrative support as required
The following skills are required for this position:
- Strong written and verbal communication skills (in English)
- Time management skills
- Computer skills – proficiency in Word, Excel, and Outlook
- Problem solving skills
- Ability to prepare basic legal documents
Qualifications and experience:
- Matric and 2 years’ relevant experience OR
- A relevant tertiary qualification
How can I prepare for a career in legal administration?
In South Africa, you can prepare for a career in legal administration by studying toward one or more of the following courses:
- National Certificate: N4 Legal Secretary
- National Certificate: N5 Legal Secretary
- National Certificate: N6 Legal Secretary
Please note that most employers will require you to have at least a Matric certificate (or an equivalent) before they will appoint you in this type of position.
In some cases, an employer may be willing to employ you with only a Matric certificate, and may be willing to give you the opportunity to learn on the job. In other cases, an employer may be willing to hire you if you are busy studying toward a relevant tertiary course or qualification. Other employers may require you to have a Matric certificate, a relevant tertiary qualification, and a number of years of relevant experience.
If you have general secretarial experience, and you are busy studying towards a legal course, you may also be able to find work in the field of legal administration.
The advantage of studying via distance learning
Studying your legal administration course via distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit your studies around your existing schedule.
If you’re already working in the administrative environment, for example, and you want to earn a certificate to formalise your knowledge and skills, you can study on a part-time basis from home via distance learning. This means that you’ll be able to continue working, and gaining relevant practical experience, while you complete your studies.
To find out how you can start preparing for your legal administration job today, simply fill in the form, and a Student Advisor will be in touch with you as soon as possible: