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Salary and Benefits

Legal Assistant
$36K-$44K / yr. (est.)
$36K
$40,392 / year
$44K
Average base salary
The salary information provided is based on data collected from various reliable sources and may vary depending on individual qualifications and other factors.

About Legal Assistant

What does a Legal Assistant do?

As Legal Assistants, we are responsible for enhancing the effectiveness of an attorney by developing case information and settlement options. We track cases and support attorney’s trial proceedings. Establishing and organizing files and monitoring calendars is part of daily responsibilities. We help develop cases by maintaining interaction with people involved directly or indirectly in the case. Working as Legal Assistants, we keep clients informed by maintaining contact. We support case preparation by preparing case summaries and materials. We also enhance trial proceedings by organizing evidence and taking courtroom notes.

Core tasks:

  • maintain case costs
  • verify balances with attorneys and clients
  • ensure availability of witnesses

Insights

How Many Years of Experience Do Professionals Need Before Becoming Legal Assistant?
On average, people work 3-5 years in other positions prior to becoming a Legal Assistant.
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Legal Support SpecialistMiami, FL - 6 months ago
I started as a legal assistant right after college, no prior experience!
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Research AssistantSan Francisco, CA - 6 months ago
It's all about the skills you bring to the table, not how many years you've spent in other jobs!
How Long Do Legal Assistant Employees Typically Stay in Their Roles?
On average, Legal Assistants works in this position for 3-5 years across multiple employers.
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Law ClerkHouston, TX - 6 months ago
Interesting. I suppose law clerks tend to have shorter stints due to wanting to gain experience in different areas of law. It's all about expanding our horizons! 🤓
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Court ReporterMiami, FL - 6 months ago
I've been a court reporter for a while now, and I don't mind hopping from job to job. Keeps me on my toes and helps avoid any monotony in the field! 💪
What Is the Job Hopper Score for Legal Assistant Employees?
Frequent job changes in Legal Assistant, indicating a willingness to change companies and roles more frequently.
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Immigration AttorneyMiami, FL - 6 months ago
💯 Frequent job changes in the legal field can be seen as a red flag, indicating a lack of dedication and stability. I prefer someone who has demonstrated commitment to their position and employer.
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Managing PartnerSan Francisco, CA - 6 months ago
While it's important to consider commitment, job changes can actually show ambition and a drive for growth. I've seen legal assistants who have moved around and ultimately found their perfect fit in a firm. 💼

Career path

Path to job

Discover a Legal Assistant's areas of knowledge sorted by their majors.
Explore the list of higher education institutions that a Legal Assistant typically studied at.
The University of Texas at Austin
University of California-Berkeley

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Demographics

What Is the Age and Gender Ratio of Legal Assistant Employees?
Gender ratio in Legal Assistant position: 0.284254683199669 Male and 0.715745316800331 Female. Age ratio in Legal Assistant position: 16-20: 18%, 21-30: 68%, 31-40: 9%, 41-50: 4%, 51-60: 1%, 60+: 0%. Legal Assistant position is predominantly female (71.6%) with the largest age group being 21-30 years old, followed by 16-20 years old.
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Legal AssistantSeattle, WA - 6 months ago
Can anyone explain why the representation drops so drastically in the older age groups? 👴
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Legal AssistantBoston, MA - 6 months ago
It's time for some gender balance in this profession! Let's break those stereotypes! 💃

Workplaces

Who Are the Top Employers for Legal Assistant?
Top employers of Legal Assistant position: Department of Justice, LAW FIRM , PLLC, Law Office. People who work in Legal Assistant position most typically go on to work for the Department of Justice.
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Legal AssistantChicago, IL - 6 months ago
I might consider working for a LAW FIRM, but it better not be one of those big, corporate ones. I want a real sense of community and support! 🙌
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Legal AssistantHouston, TX - 6 months ago
Law Office is the way to go! It's where you can truly learn and grow in your legal career. 📚
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What Industries Does Legal Assistant Typically Have Experience In?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Legal Assistant: Professional / Scientific / Technical, Public Administration, Finance & Insurance, Manufacturing, Information Technology. Legal Assistant employees most likely come from a Professional / Scientific / Technical industry background.
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Legal AssistantHouston, TX - 6 months ago
🤔 I'm sorry, but I feel like Legal Assistants often get overlooked. We do a lot of the grunt work, but our contributions are undervalued. It's about time people recognized the significance of our role and the skills we bring to the table.
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Legal AssistantMiami, FL - 6 months ago
y'all just don't get it smh. Legal Assistants have to deal with tough clients, stressful court filings, and long hours. We deserve more respect and appreciation for the hard work and dedication we bring to the legal field. 💪

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Discussion about Legal Assistant

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What typical dress code applies to working as a Legal Assistant?
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5 months ago
It depends on the law firm or company. Dress has generally relaxed since I started 30 years ago (when women were expected to wear hose). I think most law firms are business casual unless meeting clients or going to court. Corporations tend to be a bit more relaxed. The last company I worked at, went from buying "Jeans Day" tickets for charity, to jeans every Friday to jeans the entire summer.... unless meeting with clients etc.
Do you see the demand growing for people working as a Legal Assistant?
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6 months ago
No
Is Legal Assistant a female or male dominated profession?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Women are more common working as a Legal Assistant.
What is the typical age of people who work as a Legal Assistant?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
26 is the average age of people working as a Legal Assistant.
Is a Legal Assistant considered to be a senior profession?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
4 years of experience is needed on average for a Legal Assistant.
Which industries does a Legal Assistant typically work in?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
For a Legal Assistant it’s the most likely to work in the Professional / Scientific / Technical.
What kind of degree is needed to work as a Legal Assistant?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Most people have No higher education
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6 months ago
At least an undergraduate degree
Which company are you working for as a Legal Assistant?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
If you are a Legal Assistant you should definitely apply for Department of Justice, LAW FIRM , PLLC, Law Office, Social Security Administration and United States Attorneys'? Offices
How many years do people work as a Legal Assistant before changing their role?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
A Legal Assistant typically moves on after 4 years
Is it common for people to switch companies and still work as a Legal Assistant?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
We can say that a Legal Assistant is likely a job hopper role.
From which job titles people come from to work as a Legal Assistant?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Legal Secretary, Paralegal or Administrative Assistant are the typical prior positions for a Legal Assistant
Working as a Legal Assistant what job titles should I consider to switch to?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Consider the following: Paralegal, Administrative Assistant or Legal Secretary
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5 months ago
Legal Assistant and Paralegal used to be used interchangeably, but these days it seems that, in a lot of companies, Legal Assistant generally means Legal Secretary or Legal Admin, while Paralegal means someone who graduated from Paralegal school. I learned this the hard way when I interviewed for a Legal Assistant job at a large corporation. I was told that I was over qualified for the job. That is when I learned that Legal Assistant meant Legal Secretary to them.
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