What does a Senior Legal Assistant do?

Legal assistants support lawyers with various tasks, including conducting legal research, drafting and reviewing documents, communicating with clients, preparing hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files.

A high school degree is required to become a legal assistant and most legal assistants have an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. Legal assistants are typically highly organized and detail-oriented, and have strong communication skills.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Legal Assistant jobs?
  • Collect, examine, and organize evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
  • Draft and proofread correspondence and legal documents, such as pleadings and contracts
  • Research regulations, laws, and legal articles to assist with the preparation of reports, case files, and legal advice
  • Manage client billing by preparing, finalizing, and sending out bills, as well as resolving billing issues in cooperation with the billing attorney
  • Communicate with clients and witnesses to schedule meetings, interviews, and depositions
  • Manage, organize, and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems
  • Provide general administrative assistance, such as maintaining the attorney's calendar and making travel arrangements
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Legal Assistant jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • associate's degree in paralegal studies, a paralegal certificate, or a Bachelor's degree preferred
  • 1-5 years of experience as an administrative assistant (preferably in a law firm or in a corporate legal department), legal assistant, legal secretary, or paralegal
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and professional demeanor
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently, manage large workloads, and keep deadlines
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

How much does a Senior Legal Assistant make?

Confident
$75,324 /yr
Total Pay
$56,731
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$18,593
 /yr

Additional Pay

$75,324

 / yr
$11K$547K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Senior Legal Assistant Career Path

Learn how to become a Senior Legal Assistant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Senior Legal Assistant
$75,324/yr
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
26%
2 - 4
19%
5 - 7
40%
8+
15%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Senior Legal Assistant Insights

Read what Senior Legal Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Hall & EvansHall & Evans
Legal Assistant
Sep 18, 2020

“Certain practice groups are great to work in and I made lifelong friends while I was working here.”

Sullo & Sullo
Legal Assistant
Jan 13, 2022

“The manager was kinda iffy felt like everything someone did bothered her and I quit the manager not the job”

Fuller, Chlouber & FrizzellFuller, Chlouber & Frizzell
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Jan 7, 2021

“The job was somewhat repetitive after awhile but it was nice to have a set schedule.”

Real Estate Legal Solutions
Legal Assistant
Sep 8, 2021

“Real Estate Legal Solutions created a great working environment and was a place I looked forward to going everyday.”

Zwicker & AssociatesZwicker & Associates
Litigation Assistant
Jun 26, 2020

“Pay is TERRIBLE good luck asking for a raise and I constantly was getting “written up” for tiny mistakes.”

Americans for Immigrant JusticeAmericans for Immigrant Justice
Legal Assistant
Jun 25, 2021

“profit means the pay is not amazing but I would say competitive for this type of work.”

Accu-ServeAccu-Serve
Legal Assistant
Jul 13, 2021

“Only people who rated this higher than a 2 is family or close friends to Lisa.”

Fullenweider Wilhite
Legal Assistant
Oct 22, 2021

“As a legal assistant I got lots of opportunities to learn from top level attorneys.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of legal assistants

The typical day of a legal assistant involves helping lawyers by performing research, drafting legal documents, answering routine questions from clients, and assisting with trial preparation. They may also handle administrative duties, such as scheduling appointments, taking phone messages, preparing client bills, assembling files, and handling recordkeeping.

One advantage of being a legal assistant is that employment for legal assistants is expected to grow faster than the national average. In some law firms, legal assistants also perform the more advanced duties of a paralegal in a kind of hybrid role that can make this job more interesting. This is a good career if you're interested in law but don't want to become a lawyer.

Working as a legal assistant can be stressful at times, particularly if you're assisting in a difficult or high-profile case. One challenge of being a legal assistant is that you may have to work overtime in these situations, staying late to keep up with the long hours of the lawyers you work for.

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