Lawyers need someone qualified to run the office during their court appearances, or whenever they are absent.
A lawyer stays busy for many hours each day; they deal with clients, appear in court, and spend quite a bit of time on the road. They must also maintain an office, and lawyer’s office must be open throughout the day, even when they are away handling other business. A legal receptionist is the person who runs the office; He or she deals with clients in person and on the phone. Since legal information is privileged, the legal receptionist must be well-versed in legal terminology and ethics. Some advice on how to become a legal receptionist:
1 Take college courses in paralegal studies: I did this, but then got a great job at www.theseocompanylondon.co.uk, and abandoned my studies. As a legal receptionist you do not need a to be a paralegal, but a basic knowledge of legal terminology and ethics is absolutely essential.
2 Take classes in public speaking: As a receptionist, you must be comfortable being vocal with clients, co-workers, and employers. Public speaking courses give you the confidence to communicate efficiently in the law office, and on the telephone.
3 Learn office basics: College courses teach you the basic hardware and software you will find in most modern law offices, as well as the more mundane office machines. A working knowledge of this equipment puts you miles ahead of other applicants, who may need to be trained.
4 Take writing and business classes: A legal receptionist must be able to write effective correspondence to clients, as well as inter-office communications. Basic knowledge of writing and business will once again place you ahead of the pack.
5 Enrol in critical thinking and debate courses: These seemingly obscure subjects allow you to solve minor problems, and handle client complaints, and these abilities free up your employers to focus on the law practice.
6 Obtain an associate’s degree in paralegal or clerical studies: Once again, a college degree is not necessary to get a job as a legal receptionist, but it will give you every possible advantage in the job market.
7 Draft a resume outlining your educational experience: Submit copies of your resume to every law firm you can find, then fully outline your education to the attorney conducting your interview.
A firm grasp of legal ethics is essential as a legal receptionist: Any breach of the codes of conduct, leaves you and your employer open to civil litigation and possible fines.