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What does a Legal Assistant do?

A Legal Assistant works with other legal professionals in a court or lawyer’s office. Your daily activities will be varied but could involve helping to prepare legal documents, assisting clients to get ready for a court appearance or gathering information needed for a legal case. You might have to do some research to help with an upcoming trial and will need a strong knowledge of the legal system. Legal Assistants will also have to perform some administrative tasks during their day.

Legal Assistants need to be thorough and have good attention to detail. It’s important that you can follow instructions and work well as part of larger team. You’ll need good people skills and you’ll have to be a good communicator. Legal Assistants will usually be working with many clients at any one time so you’ll need to have good time management skills and be able to multi-task.

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There are 5 courses available for people who want to become a Legal Assistant.

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How much does a Legal Assistant earn?

In Australia, a full time Legal Assistant generally earns $1,340 per week ($69,680 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Legal Assistant?

While there are 9,100 people in the legal administrative industry in Australia, only a small percentage of these are hired as Legal Assistants. The number of people in this industry has decreased slightly in recent years. Legal Assistants can find work in all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Legal Assistant?

If you’d like to become a Legal Assistant you could enrol in a Diploma of Legal Services. A Certificate IV in Legal Services or a Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal) would also be suitable qualifications.

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Related Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within Legal Services and Paralegal.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au