Legal administrative assistants (NOC 1242)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2018-2020)
Minimum 17.00$
Median 23.00$
Maximum 34.86$
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
6,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Legal administrative assistants perform a variety of secretarial and administrative duties in law offices, legal departments of large firms, real estate companies, land title offices, municipal, provincial and federal courts and government.

Main duties

  • Legal administrative assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Prepare and key in correspondence and legal documents, such as deeds, wills, affidavits and briefs, from handwritten copy, shorthand and machine dictation using computers
  • - Review and proofread documents and correspondence to ensure compliance with legal procedures and grammatical usage
  • - Schedule appointments, meetings and conferences for employer
  • - Continued…
  • - Set up and maintain filing systems, utilizing knowledge of legal records and procedures and frequently controlling confidential materials and documents
  • - Open and distribute regular and electronic incoming mail and other material and co-ordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments or organizations
  • - Determine and establish office procedures and routines
  • - May supervise and train other staff in procedures and in the use of current software
  • - May attend court, meetings or conferences to take notes, minutes and dictation
  • - May perform other general office work as required including preparing financial statements.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a one- or two-year college or other program for secretaries or legal secretaries is usually required.

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