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How to Become a Legal Assistant?

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Legal secretaries, also known as legal assistants, provide essential administrative support for solicitors, barristers, and legal executives as a vital part of any law firm. So, if you’ve got a flair for administration and want to work in the legal field without needing a law degree, then qualifying as a legal assistant is a fantastic career opportunity. What Does a Legal Assistant Do? Legal assistants provide vital administrative support to other legal professionals, such as lawyers and paralegals. They do not practice law, but rather perform tasks that support those who do, producing legal letters and documents, doing research, arranging..

More Podcasts for Aspiring Legal Assistants

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In our last article on Podcasts for Aspiring Legal Assistants, we gave you four excellent podcasts to fill you time with and pique your interest in working as a legal assistant in the criminal justice system.    While ordinary, those four podcasts would have kept the average person occupied for quite some time, we recognize that very little about the last few months has been ordinary and that we’ve all had a lot more free time recently.   So, if you’re running out of episodes of Serial or Stay Tuned with Preet, don’t panic, we’re back with more excellent podcasts..

Paralegal Vs. Legal Assistant: What Are the Differences

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On the surface, the responsibilities of paralegal and a legal assistant seem very similar, in that they both assist lawyers in the preparation of legal documents related to ongoing litigation. In reality, however, these jobs are quite different and require different skill sets.   In this article, we’ll be looking at these two career options and examining exactly what their responsibilities are and how they differ from each other. What Does a Paralegal Do? In essence, a paralegal provides a combination of administrative and legal assistance to a lawyer during legal proceedings. Unlike legal assistants, paralegals are able to write..

4 Types of Criminal Investigation You’ll Encounter as a Legal Assistant

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Because of the vital nature of their working, legal assistants can be found across the length and breadth of the American legal system.    This wealth of opportunities means legal assistants can find work in almost any field of law and the responsibilities of the role mean they can be exposed to a number of different criminal and civil investigations.    To give you an idea of what you might come across in the workplace, here are four types of criminal and civil investigations you’ll encounter as a legal assistant. Cybercrimes Cybercrimes are a growing concern for law enforcement and..

Staying Healthy While Socially-Distancing

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With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a pandemic in the wake of a global outbreak of the COVID-19, many countries have put in place social distancing measures designed to flatten the curve of the epidemic, reducing the strain on our healthcare system and saving lives.   However, social-distancing does have certain drawbacks. We are, after all, a social species and multiple studies have shown that reducing an individual’s ability to connect with others leads to increased anxiety, stress, and potential depression.   Since social-distancing is vital to help mitigate the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis and save lives,..

Podcasts for Aspiring Legal Assistants

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Studying law is a complicated and demanding subject and sometimes you need a little time away from the books and an opportunity to listen to something entertaining. Well, what if we told you there was a way you could do that and still learn about your chosen subject?   The good news is that there is a range of great legal podcasts out there for aspiring legal assistants that are both entertaining and informative, and we’ve collected together some of the best.  Serial Seasons 1-3 Coming on the scene with a bang in 2014, Serial is an investigative journalism podcast..

Australia Launches First Artificial Intelligence Legal Assistant

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IRIQ Law has partnered with Blackbook AI to design and launch Riqi, Australia’s first artificial intelligence employee legal assistant   The program, nicknamed Riqi, will now be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week on the IRIQ Law's website to assist employees who are looking to bring legal action against their employers for unfair dismissal, unlawful terminations, workplace bullying, workplace discrimination, underpayments, and general protections.   The program will ask relevant questions, seek information and provide an opportunity for employees to upload relevant documents.  For a modest fee, Riqi will advise the employee whether they have a likely..

What Exactly Is a Court Clerk?

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When you think of court proceedings, there is a good chance you are thinking of somber black-robed judges, bewigged lawyers, or defendants in orange jumpsuits.    As with most proceedings that are commonly misunderstood, these images have more in common with TV shows than the actual courtroom and often miss out key members of the US judicial system, such as the Ballif, court stenographer, and the court clerk.   The court clerk is a vital, although less visible, a position that deals with the administrative side of the legal system. So, if you are considering a career in law, but..

What Makes a Good Legal Secretary?

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The position of legal secretary or legal assistant is an important one in any law firm and the role can be quite difficult to access without certain skills or experience. In this article, we will be looking at what skillsets employers look for in a good Legal Secretary and what skills you can transfer over from previous roles. What You Need to Be Good Legal Secretary The duties of a legal secretary include a mixture of administrative work and a good understanding of the law. Most law firms will want an individual with relevant education and a genuine interest in..

5 Areas of Law You’ll Cover as a Legal Assistant

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Becoming a legal assistant means becoming a key part of a normally fast-paced legal practice and having to multitask, dividing your attention between multiple important and diverse tasks.    As a legal assistant, your understanding of the law and the lawyer’s needs are critical. That’s why, at Northwest Career College, your Legal Assistant School Instructors are comprised of experienced legal professionals including attorneys, paralegals, and seasoned specialists.    Our instructors are able not only to teach you the law but also to guide you as to the many ways a legal assistant integrates into a Las Vegas law practice.  ..