Job Description

San Luis Obispo Legal Secretary Job Position

Are you an experienced legal secretary ready to join a fast-paced team with competitive salaries and benefits? The office for James McKiernan Injury Lawyers has been a staple in the California Central Coast for decades, and we need a professional legal secretary.

Position includes good pay and benefits such as health insurance. Our office may consider position for part-time work as well.

Ready to join a winning team that has obtained more than $315 million in verdicts and settlements? Applicants can submit their resume to

Legal Secretary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collecting and delivering documents
  • Preparing forms and court statements
  • Transcribing and proofreading legal documents
  • Making travel arrangements for lawyers
  • Dictating lawyers’ audio files and written notes
  • Updating and indexing discovery binders and pleadings
  • Managing calendars, projects, and records and ensuring everything functions smoothly
  • Supporting legal research
  • Communicating with lawyers, experts, opposing counsel, vendors, and other staff


Legal Secretary Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to multitask
  • Courteous, professional manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with legal terminology and documentation
  • Ability to type at least 40 words per minute
  • Proficiency in word processing software such as Microsoft Office
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work with a team of lawyers and others

Additional Info

Legal Secretary Job Position FAQs

What Is the Difference Between a Legal Secretary and a Lawyer?

Lawyers need a bachelor’s degree and a law degree, then they must pass the bar exam. Lawyers go to court and litigate cases. On the other hand, legal secretaries typically have a high school diploma and perform clerical work for lawyers such as appointment scheduling, dictation, and filing.

What’s the Difference Between a Legal Secretary and a Paralegal?

When it comes to legal secretary vs paralegal job descriptions, paralegals have more education experience than legal secretaries, and paralegals directly help lawyers with their cases. Legal secretaries typically have a high school diploma and handle clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, taking messages, and keeping a lawyer’s calendar. Paralegals have additional education and certifications and may perform research, gather information from witnesses, and help lawyers prepare their cases.

What Are the Main Roles of a Legal Secretary?

Legal secretary jobs involve performing clerical duties to assist lawyers, such as filling out forms, scheduling appointments, taking notes, and transmitting information via email, fax, or snail mail.

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