13111 – Legal administrative assistants

Broad Occupation Category

1 – Business, finance and administration occupations


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major Group

13 – Administrative occupations and transportation logistics occupations

Sub-major group

131 – Administrative occupations

Minor group

1311 – Office administrative assistants - general, legal and medical

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.

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Example Titles

  • Administrative assistant - legal

  • Corporate law legal assistant

  • Legal assistant

  • Legal assistant - criminal law

  • Legal secretary

  • Litigation legal assistant

  • Litigation secretary

  • Real estate secretary

Main Duties

This group performs 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

  • 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 coordinate 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.