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.

  • 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
  • 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 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Legal Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$67,553 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $68K
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Senior Legal Assistant Career Path

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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.”

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 a senior legal assistant

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The most common qualifications to become a senior legal assistant is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.