Other titles : commercial law secretary, corporate law secretary, real estate secretary, trademark secretary
Legal secretaries 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 :
- 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 co-ordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments or organizations;
- determine and establish office procedures and routines;
- may attend court, meetings or conferences to take notes, minutes and dictation.
Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS)
Program length : Approximately 6 months
To develop in the students the competencies required to integrate harmoniously into the school and work environments, to communicate in the workplace, prepare documents in the business law field, to develop the competencies required for keyboarding and layout of civil proceedings and notarial acts and documents.
Admission requirements for an AVS
To enroll in an AVS program, a DVS or equivalent experience in a related field is required. The AVS is issued upon the successful completion of a program that upgrades skills or provides specialization in a particular trade or occupation.