Legal Secretary

Legal secretaries do secretarial and administrative tasks.

NOC Code: 1242

Job Duties

Legal secretaries do secretarial and administrative tasks. You may work for law offices, legal departments of large companies, real estate companies, land title offices, or municipal, provincial and federal courts or government offices. You may also be called a legal office assistant.

Generally, legal secretaries:

  • Prepare correspondence and legal documents such as deeds, wills, affidavits and briefs from handwritten notes or machine dictation.
  • Review and proofread documents for errors and to make sure they comply with legal procedures.
  • Schedule appointments and meetings.
  • Set up and maintain filing systems.
  • Open and distribute mail; coordinate the flow of information with other departments or organizations.
  • May take notes in court, meetings or conferences.

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Job Requirements


This job requires: College or University

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This job requires 0 - 2 years of work experience.

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Essential Skills

As a legal secretary, you need to:

  • Speak, write and read English.
  • Be well-organized and manage multiple tasks.
  • Have good attention to detail.
  • Type quickly and accurately.
  • Understand and prepare legal documents such as contracts, agreements, statements of claim, legal motions and affidavits.
  • Be familiar with the legal system in Ontario.
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, accounting, internet and email software.

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Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with clients, lawyers, law clerks, court clerks and other clerical and administrative staff.

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Labour Market Information


Legal secretaries need good computer skills because you need to use the internet for research and to prepare and file documents on computerized systems. However, due to several administrative tasks being automated, the demand for legal secretaries has been declining. The primary source of job openings have been current workers retiring. However, there are opportunities for legal secretaries to become paralegals.

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The work prospects for this job are: FAIR

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The work prospects for this job are: C$19.31/hour.

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Programmes éducatifs

These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.

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Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

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Language Training


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Work Experience Programs

Some college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

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Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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Helpful Links

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