A legal office setting can be fast-paced. It requires good customer service skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and strong attention to detail and deadlines.
"People with the ability to multitask, communicate well with people, and work effectively in a detail-oriented environment have some of the key skills to be successful as a legal office assistant," states LMC Legal Office Systems instructor and advisor Lisa Augustiniak. "Area employers tell us over and over that they are looking for people who not only can do the technical aspects of the job, but who possess the soft skills - professionalism, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a team environment."
Skills and knowledge you'll need to be successful include:
- Strong customer service abilities
- Clear verbal and written communication
- Flexibility to work as part of a team and independently
- Word processing, spreadsheet, database, and Internet computer skills
- A knowledge and interest in law and government
- Legal terminology
- Record keeping and filing
- A strong sense of organization