Learn why people choose to become legal secretaries
Going to law school can give you a top-notch education, but the time and expense that it takes to earn a degree may not be for everyone. If you are interested in the field of law, but not ready for law school, you might want to learn more about Legal Office Technology training for a Legal Assistant career.
Legal assistants work in law firms, private corporations, or government agencies. They work alongside attorneys, paralegals, and other legal secretaries, and assist with the important tasks that do not require a law degree. Most legal assistant training programs can be completed in one year’s time. For most training programs, the only requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent.
Take a look at some of the benefits of this career choice:
Benefit 1: You can be ready for a job in a law firm after only one year of training.
Not everyone has the same goals in life, and for some people, a 4-year undergraduate degree, followed by 3 years of law school simply requires too large a commitment of time and money. Many people need to get into the workforce sooner, and are looking for a shorter training program.
As a legal assistant, you can be prepared for a job in a law firm after just one year of training. You will be trained on computer skills, preparing legal documents, helping with legal research, and understanding how the typical law firm runs. These skills are important for the types of responsibilities that legal assistants/secretaries have within the law firm.
Benefit 2: Office environments are good places to work.
Take a moment and think of all the settings where people work. Some people work outside in the heat, cold, rain, or sun. People work in the steaming hot kitchens of restaurants. Or they travel from site to site, and never work in the same place twice. Or they work in large retail environments with demanding customers. Or they work in jobs where they are on their feet all day. When considering these work settings, there’s a lot to be said for working in an office. Offices are climate-controlled and relatively quiet, plus they typically have a professional atmosphere where you can get your work done. Many legal assistants also enjoy being able to dress professionally for work, and work alongside other professional-minded people.
Benefit 3: It’s a career that should make you proud.
Being knowledgeable about the field of law is a major accomplishment that will make you proud. You will learn about a whole body of information that most people don’t know about, whether it is criminal law, personal injury law, workers’ compensation, or real estate law. You will learn about legal documents and procedures such as summonses, liens, pleadings, and depositions. Learning about the field of law and being a part of a legal team are true achievements that should make you proud.
Finding a Legal Secretary School
If you are ready to pursue this career, there may be an accredited training program near you. Career training schools and community colleges are good places to start. You will want to make sure that the school has a strong reputation and a high job placement rate for graduates. Also, check whether the school can offer a financial aid package. Most legal assistant schools have Financial Aid advisors who can help you with this concern. For more advice, see What to Look for in a Career Training School.
We hope this information has been helpful as you take the next step in your life. Here’s wishing you the best of luck in your new career path.
This article was provided by the Harris School of Business. Our school offers a Legal Office Technology program at our Cherry Hill, New Jersey location. The program prepares students to become legal secretaries and legal assistants. The Harris School offers a wide range of programs at our eight campuses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut. Learn more about us today!