What is a legal secretary?

Legal secretaries provide essential administrative support for legal departments across a range of organisations, including law firms, barristers’ chambers, law courts and local authorities.

What do they do?

Whether you are just starting out in the legal sector or looking to build on your existing skills and qualifications, training as a legal secretary is a great way to get a foot in the door and gain marketable skills.

Depending on where you work, you will develop experience in a wide range of legal matters or in-depth expertise in a particular practice area. However, you will generally produce and prepare legal documents, manage appointments and keep records, as well as deal with clients. The work will most likely also involve confidential information.

These roles require good communication and organisational skills, as well as the ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail.

Getting started

Your starting point will depend on your previous legal secretarial experience, not your previous qualifications. Most students, therefore, will start with a CILEx Level 2 legal secretarial qualification, and then progress to a CILEx Level 3 legal secretarial qualification.

A legal secretarial qualification is a good way to get your foot in the door but it can also be the foundation to becoming a qualified lawyer. Using the courses which include a legal studies component, you can progress to CILEx Level 3 and, in time, become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.