What is a Legal Assistant?
Legal assistants typically work for law firms to provide administrative support to lawyers and their clients. In this essential support role, legal assistants review legal contracts, maintain an extensive calendar, and process expense reports. A successful candidate will be able to assist during all phases of the litigation process including depositions, witness preparation, building exhibits, briefs, motions, and investigative record review as needed.
Legal Assistant Qualifications
To help you hire a legal assistant with the right qualifications, we customize our approach to suit your firm’s unique requirements. Legal assistants should have meticulous proofreading skills, outstanding time management, and the ability to multi-task with strong attention to detail. We recommend candidates who are team-oriented, able to adapt to a fast-paced environment, and able to exercise discretion and careful judgment in any scenario. A strong legal assistant should also have excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
Duties of a Legal Assistant
- Communicate with clients, gathering necessary documents and information to begin building a case
- Conduct all initial research and provide information to the Lawyer
- Liaise between trial and internal/external third parties
- Manage all administrative responsibilities in the legal office
- Organize all legal documents in a confidential way
Interview Questions to Ask When Hiring a Legal Assistant
Asking the right interview questions when hiring a legal assistant is key. When interviewing, we recommend engaging in thoughtful conversations and purposeful relationship building. Here are some starter questions to consider when hiring a legal assistant:
- How do you ensure accuracy and attention to detail in your work, especially when dealing with legal documents?
- Can you provide an example of a challenging legal research task you've performed? How did you approach it?
- What steps do you take to stay updated with changes in laws and regulations relevant to our practice areas?
- What made you interested in working with our company?
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