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Steps to be a Successful Legal Secretary
By Seamus Ryan, The Institute of Legal Secretaries
“A well-known law firm is looking to recruit a highly motivated and skilled legal secretary. Work 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a competitive salary and the opportunity to develop your own professional skills in a challenging and fast-paced environment.”
Does this advert look familiar? If you have been job hunting for any length of time, you will have seen dozens of adverts similar to the one above. You might get a few more details, like these:
A very high-caliber, polished candidate needed
Solid CV a must
Experience is an advantage
In the best adverts you might be lucky enough to be told such things as:
The role will require administrative assistance, such as filing and archiving.
We are looking for speed and accuracy; you must have a typing speed of 50+ wpm.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the secretarial requirements of one fee-earner (or other possible alternatives, such as …of two fee-earners/the managing partner/the department).
So what does a law firm actually mean when it uses these types of phrases? What are the recruiters really looking for?