Legal administrative assistants are educated for entry-level positions in the legal profession. They perform clerical duties related to a lawyer’s practice. They transcribe and type correspondence and legal and other documents, manage calendars, and maintain files. Clerical duties include managing and scheduling appointments and hearings, assisting in the production of trial notebooks and exhibits, paying bills for witness and process service fees, recording trial dates, and delivering subpoenas and other documents. They have been trained in word processing and spreadsheet and database management. They are also trained in legal office procedures and have had some experience through co-ops and internships in working with office clients.
Upon completion of the Legal Assistant program, students will understand basic legal research skills and be able to function effectively in a standard law library, produce legal documents from draft, dictation, and forms, maintain office, court calendars, and understand basic office procedures. They will be able to work effectively with a wide spectrum of legal professionals, maintain confidentiality, understand the importance of legal ethics and demonstrate knowledge and skill to run a variety of computer programs.
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