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Legal Secretary

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Prepare and process legal documents and papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, and pretrial agreements.
  • Interacting With Computers - use computers to enter, access or retrieve data
  • Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.
  • Receive and place telephone calls.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - modify work procedures or processes to meet deadlines
  • Organize and maintain law libraries, documents, and case files.
  • Schedule and make appointments.
  • Make photocopies of correspondence, documents, and other printed matter.

About the test

The HR Avatar Legal Secretary Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Legal Secretary test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Data Entry
  • Typing Speed & Accuracy
  • Writing
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:43-6012.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level Administrative
O*Net Context:Office and Administrative Support
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$26,970 or less
Bottom 25%:
$33,510 or less
$44,180 (Average)
Top 25%:
$59,410 or more
Top 10%:
$75,530 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$12.97 or less
Bottom 25%:
$16.11 or less
$21.24 (Average)
Top 25%:
$28.56 or more
Top 10%:
$36.31 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:2,270

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Law and Government
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Mathematics
Top Skills
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Coordination
  • Time Management
  • Social Perceptiveness
Top Abilities
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Speech Recognition
  • Written Expression
  • Oral Expression
  • Speech Clarity
  • Information Ordering
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Accredited Legal Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Certified Legal Secretary Specialist, Confidential Secretary, District Court Administrator, Executive Secretary, Judicial Administrative Assistant, Law Secretary, Legal Administrative Assistant, Legal Administrative Secretary, Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Litigation Assistant, Litigation Legal Secretary, Litigation Secretary, Magistrate Assistant, Paralegal, Paralegal Secretary, Secretary

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Identify inconsistencies in a set of documents.
  • Approve a letter to be sent.
  • Schedule an offsite meeting.
  • Make sure company charges follow corporate policy.
  • Communicate scheduling changes with employees.
  • Write a short essay.
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