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LEGAL SECRETARIES Legal secretaries perform many of the same tasks as any other secretaries For example they answer phones and type letters Legal secretaries must follow strict guidelines thats why they must be specialized in format for legal documents For example is some pleadings must be on legal size paper while other be on legal size Some of the documents that legal secretaries prepare are subpoenas complaints motions Some legal secretaries read legal journals and assist with legal research Legal secretaries are supervised by attorneys Legal Secretaries need excellent people skills These skills are important when dealing with angry or upset clients Secretaries must be trustworthy because they often deal with confidential material Legal secretaries must be highly organized because documents must go out on time Legal Secretaries need good ability to check written material such as letters for errors in grammar or typing and to move the fingers quickly as paging through a file They also need good ability to see details and slight differences in objects and to use words well when speaking or writing The physical demands are most common in an everyday lifestyle They need to be able to frequently use hands and arms to reach and hold objects such as files and books They also need to be able to listen and talk to others and to use fingers to make fine movements such as type They also need to sit for long periods of time Legal secretaries work in clean quiet well-lighted offices They usually work 40 hours per week They may work overtime to help meet deadlines Legal secretaries sit for long periods Typing often requires working from materials that are difficult to read Working at a computer for long period may cause back and neck pain eyestrain and repetitive motion injuries Nationally the median wage for legal secretaries is 1445 per hour Half of all legal secretaries earn between 1124
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