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10 Work Traits of a Successful Legal Assistant

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Judging from our latest group of students at Legal Staff School, it’s safe to assume that Legal Assistants are smart, confident and determined!  Working in such a fast-paced and challenging environment, it will take more than an interest in law and a desire to help others to succeed in this field.  Here are 10 work qualities of successful Legal Assistants:

  1. Reliability – Since Legal Assistants work directly with lawyers and attorneys, reliability is crucial.  They have to be relied on to deliver timely, accurate and quality work.
  2. Efficient – In the legal setting, there are many important deadlines to meet involving legal documentation that must be accurate and organized appropriately.  Not only will Legal Assistants be expected to multi-task, they will have to ensure the quality of their work (no matter the task) is not sacrificed.
  3. Honesty – In their line of work, Legal Assistants will come across many confidential documents. They must be able to remain discrete. Disclosing confidential information (whether it is on purpose or by accident) can have serious consequences.
  4. Flexibility & Adaptability – In any fast-moving and demanding environment, the ability to adapt to changing conditions is key to success.  Legal Assistants must be able to move quickly depending on the situation.
  5.  Diplomacy and Professionalism – Legal Assistants provide support to lawyers and law professionals but can also work directly with other Legal Assistants, paralegals and clients.  They must be able to present themselves and their firms in a professional manner.
  6. Friendliness – Legal Assistants represent the law firms, lawyers, and attorneys that they support and must be able to maintain a positive attitude and demeanor.
  7. Patience – Working in a demanding environment can lead to many challenges.  Legal Assistants must be able to maintain composure and navigate through problems with patience and ease.
  8. Willingness to Do Whatever it Takes to Get the Job Done – Let’s face it, there will be aspects of the job that are not as glamorous. Filing, photocopying and organizing legal documents are important parts of the job that must be done with care.
  9. Organized – Legal Assistants work on many cases, and sometimes support more than one lawyer or law professional. They must be able to keep case files, trial binders and legal documents organized.
  10. Analytical – Successful Legal Assistants will be able to think analytically about their tasks at hand and anticipate the needs of the lawyers and law professionals that they support.  

Enroll in our January Class!!!!

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We want to help you get started with your new career as a Legal Assistant! Register today! Our next class begins January 14, 2017 and is only 11 short weeks. Have questions? Email us at to set up a tour and talk to an academic advisor.


Legal Staff School

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The Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) course of instruction prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as a Legal Administrative Assistant. Graduates may find suitable employment at general legal practices, Statement Government, Local Government, Insurance Carriers, and Employment Services to name a few. LAA’s will often be required to prepare legal documents, organize and maintain the legal files kept on-site, and/or electronic-filing databases, as well as provide direct assistance to lawyers by researching cases, gathering all necessary documents for trials, and submitting paperwork to courthouses. LAA duties may also include answering and making calls, scheduling appointments, taking notes, and maintaining the firms’ legal research references. A strong understanding of legal terminology, industry related practice and applications are required.

The LAA course focuses solely on the fundamental skills and knowledge required to work in a legal setting. Students complete hands on training with computers to help better prepare them for workplace entry. The students will learn substantive and procedural areas of law and be able to apply this knowledge.

The program objectives for the students in the LAA course are to develop a familiar knowledge of a variety of legal topics, and to use the course materials, quizzes, discussion questions, review questions, writing prompts, essay questions, and case studies to close any knowledge gaps that the students may have regarding legal issues.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of Recommendation.  The average Legal Administrative Assistant salary is about $35,330 per year, and job opportunities are estimated to grow at a rate of 12% according to the United States Department of Labor.