As a recruitment agency, we love working with enthusiastic junior legal administrators to get their careers started. Depending on your individual situation, there are a range of junior administrative roles to look at, including office services assistant, mailroom, filing clerk, administration assistant, reception, as well as graduate secretarial positions and traineeships – and we recruit for all of them!
We know that taking the first step into a career in legal support can be difficult, because the legal industry requires knowledge of a unique set of processes and documents, on top of your general administration skills. To help you get the best out of our recruitment process, we’ve set out a bit of advice on how the early stages of your legal support career will work:
Your Role as a Legal Administrator:
Legal administrative staff members are the ones that hold the office together! Legal secretaries organise practitioners’ appointments and correspondence, ensure that important documents are made up properly and on time, manage files and data – and more, depending on the area of law and how much experience you have. It’s a busy, challenging and rewarding job.
Legal Administration Qualifications:
The following courses will help you secure a job in legal administration:
Although these qualifications are not absolutely necessary, we generally recommend doing some study as you get started. In fact, Kaleidoscope Legal Recruitment is pleased to sponsor a prize for high-performing students in the Practice in a Legal Environment course at RMIT.
Previous Administrative Experience:
However, it is practical experience that really counts and so, whether you have studied or not, we are here to help you find the right entry level position to kick your legal support career off quickly. Your previous experience is really important, in finding the right role and then determining your salary, so this is what you should focus on when writing your CV or sending in your application. The types of experience we look for can include having worked in other, non-legal office environments, where you will have built up skills in office procedures and meeting deadlines. However, it is best if you have some time in a law firm, even just work experience, so you get to know the way they operate and the types of tasks legal assistants do.
How Much Do Legal Administrators Earn?
The salaries that legal support staff can earn vary according to individual circumstances, like their level of experience and the type of firm or team they are working in. Salary negotiation is something we can take care of for you. As specialist legal recruiters, we are experienced in making the best arrangement for both you and our clients. We are guided by the needs of both parties to find the right fit, and will always aim to negotiate the best possible salary.
Working With You:
When we meet with you, we can work out which option is best for you. For example, if you have done some study but haven’t yet worked in a legal environment, we might discuss traineeships and graduate secretarial positions; if you’re a school leaver looking for your first administration job, we can look at an office junior or a role that provides training. If you’ve had 6-12 months working in a law firm, other junior legal administrative roles could be a good option. We can also talk about which area of law you want to concentrate on, and the sort of environment you like to work in, whether it’s top tier, mid tier, boutique or even in house
If you’re working towards or just starting your career in legal support, check our latest legal jobs page for the junior positions we have available now. Alternatively, just email us your CV directly and we can talk to you about the best way to get started!
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