What Is a Legal Assistant?
Responsibilities of a Legal assistant
- Managing client records and ensuring confidentiality rules are adhered to
- Producing, managing, and organizing legal documents
- Conducting legal research
- Communicating with clients, counsel, and court officials
- Answering mail, emails, and phone calls
Where Does a Legal Assistant Work?
- Legal Administrative Assistant
- Law Clerk
- Legal Secretary
- Executive Assistant
What is a Legal Assistant’s Salary?
How to Become a Legal Assistant
- Online or in-person classes? Some institutions provide Legal Assistant programs online. This can make the decision to go to school to increase your earning potential easier. It is particularly helpful for those who have young families or do not live near the college campus of choice.
- Program resources? Consider what resources a college offers before deciding on a program – some may provide their students with more than others. What is the program offering you that will help you excel in the classroom and, eventually, in the workplace? Are textbooks included? How about a laptop so that you can access your program material?
- Is a practicum included? Programs that include practicums provide you with real workplace experience. This is sure to set you apart from other Legal Assistant candidates in the job market.
- Curriculum? Look for a program that provides you with a foundation in the Canadian legal system and includes hands-on courses in Criminal, Family, Commercial, Real Estate and Civil Law. You will also need training in legal-specific software, research skills, and office procedures. This is best provided by instructors with specialized legal skills and experience in the field.
- Program length? Compare program length from college to college. How soon do you want to start your new career? If you are excited to begin as soon as possible, look for an accelerated program that can be completed in less than a year, such as at Sundance College.
- College reputation? A college’s Google Reviews can provide keen insights into the learning environment and student satisfaction. For more information on the importance of Google Reviews, have a look here.