Some of the skills we found on legal assistant resumes included "litigation," "legal correspondence," and "discovery responses." We have detailed the most important legal assistant responsibilities below.
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Before becoming a legal assistant, 51.3% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 4.4% legal assistants went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most legal assistants have a college degree. But about one out of every six legal assistants didn't attend college at all.
Those legal assistants who do attend college, typically earn either legal support services degrees or business degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for legal assistants include criminal justice degrees or political science degrees.
Once you're ready to become a legal assistant, you should explore the companies that typically hire legal assistants. According to legal assistant resumes that we searched through, legal assistants are hired the most by Robert Half, Organon, and Cornerstone OnDemand. Currently, Robert Half has 141 legal assistant job openings, while there are 63 at Organon and 47 at Cornerstone OnDemand.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, legal assistants tend to earn the biggest salaries at Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey Pc, Buckley King, and Brennan Manna Diamond. Take Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey Pc for example. The median legal assistant salary is $102,456. At Buckley King, legal assistants earn an average of $87,336, while the average at Brennan Manna Diamond is $81,633. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
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Some other companies you might be interested in as a legal assistant include Law Office, Skadden, and Robert Half. These three companies were found to hire the most legal assistants from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
For the most part, legal assistants make their living in the professional and government industries. Legal assistants tend to make the most in the professional industry with an average salary of $47,979. The legal assistant annual salary in the finance and manufacturing industries generally make $44,375 and $43,063 respectively. Additionally, legal assistants who work in the professional industry make 31.0% more than legal assistants in the government Industry.