Profession legal assistant

Legal assistants work closely together with lawyers and legal representatives in the research and preparation of cases brought to courts. They assist in the paper work of cases and management of the administrative side of court affairs.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Court procedures

    The regulations which are in place during the investigation of a court case and during a court hearing, and of how these events occur.

  • Legal terminology

    The special terms and phrases used in the field of law.

  • Legal department processes

    The different processes, duties, jargon, role in an organisation, and other specificities of the legal department within an organisation such as patents, legal cases, and legal compliance.

  • Legal research

    The methods and procedures of research in legal matters, such as the regulations, and different approaches to analyses and source gathering, and the knowledge on how to adapt the research methodology to a specific case to obtain the required information.

  • Legal case management

    The procedures of a legal case from opening to closing, such as the documentation that needs to be prepared and handled, the people involved in different stages of the case, and the requirements that need to be met before the case can be closed.

Skills

  • Compile legal documents

    Compile and collect legal documents from a specific case in order to aid an investigation or for a court hearing, in a manner compliant with legal regulations and ensuring records are properly maintained.

  • Follow given instructions

    Follow instructions to achieve goals and meet deadlines.

  • Revise legal documents

    Read and interpret legal documents and proofs about happenings in relation with the legal case.

  • Pose questions referring to documents

    Revise and formulate questions in regards to documents in general. Investigate about the completeness, confidentiality measures, style of the document, and specific instructions to handle documents.

  • Manage accounts

    Manage the accounts and financial activities of an organisation, supervising that all the documents are correctly maintained, that all the information and calculations are correct, and that proper decisions are being made.

  • Meet deadlines for preparing legal cases

    Plan and adjust timings in order to prepare legal documents, collect information and evidence, and contact clients and lawyers in order to prepare the case properly.

  • Study court hearings

    Read and interpret court hearings in order to format and process the outcome information of these events.

  • Handle evidence

    Handle evidence important for a case in a manner compliant with regulations, in order to not affect the state of the evidence in question and to ensure its pristine condition and usability in the case.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply technical communication skills process commissioned instructions proofread text respond to enquiries assist judge manage personnel agenda civil process order meet with clients for legal services record court procedures criminal law civil law perform clerical duties brief court officials perform office routine activities

Common job titles

  • Legal assistant
  • Legal assistant (sct)
  • Legal assistant (oa)
  • Family law legal assistant / paralegal
  • Paralegal assistant
  • Scheduling coordinator/jr. paralegal