Legal Assistant Profession


Legal assistants are essential members of the legal profession. They are responsible for completing legal research, editing and proofreading legal documents, working directly with clients, locating witnesses, maintaining attorney calendars, setting appointments, and completing various other legal duties.


Legal assistants are not attorneys, and they are not able to provide legal advice or serve as legal advisors in a courtroom setting. However, they often work directly with clients, they may be present during legal transactions, and they many serve as notaries. In order to be successful, legal assistants must possess some important skills, including the ability to complete legal research and proofread and edit legal documents.  They must have a high level of organization as well as excellent communication skills and a general knowledge of the law.


While legal assistants are not always present during meetings between attorneys and clients, they are important “behind-the-scenes” workers.  They are responsible for keeping files organized, drafting legal documents, answering client calls, and maintaining a law firm’s library. Many aspiring legal assistants enroll in an associate’s degree or certificate program which provides training and education.


Some law firms or solo practitioner attorneys only hire legal assistants who have graduated from an accredited legal assistant or paralegal training program because proper training helps to ensure that graduates have the skills necessary to succeed in the legal field. While it is not required by all law firms, some require and prefer that their legal assistants achieve certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).


Legal Assistant Schools & Programs

Online schools
Penn Foster Schools

Earn your diploma online, in print, or in combination at Penn Foster Global.

Brookline College

Brookline College can help you prepare for a great new career.

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A degree from Bauder College can make a real difference in your career.

Atlanta - Georgia
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Everest University

Everglades University combines innovative degree programs, small classes, and convenient scheduling to accommodate adult learners and working students.

Pompano Beach - Florida
Everest Institute

Reach your career goals with a degree or diploma from Everest Institute.

Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania
Rochester - New York
Minnesota School of Business

Start a new career at Minnesota School of Business.

Shakopee - Minnesota
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Blaine - Minnesota
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Find an education partner totally committed to your success at CDI College.

Mississauga - Ontario
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Hamilton - Ontario
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Thunder Bay - Ontario
Everest College

Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

Fort Worth - Texas
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Springfield - Missouri
Dallas - Texas
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Ontario - California
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Tacoma - Washington
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Chesapeake - Virginia
Henderson - Nevada
Cherry Hill - New Jersey
Trenton - New Jersey
Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University’s associate and baccalaureate degree programs will provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to stand out in a tight job market.

Chicago - Illinois
Orland Park - Illinois
Springfield - Illinois
Career Technical College

Take the first step toward a more rewarding career at Career Technical College.

Monroe - Louisiana
Shreveport - Louisiana
Miami-Jacobs Career College

Train for a rewarding career at Miami-Jacobs Career College.

Dayton - Ohio
Columbus - Ohio
Cincinnati - Ohio
Academy of Court Reporting

Prepare for an exciting career in the legal system at The Academy of Court Reporting.

Clawson - Michigan
Cleveland - Ohio
Salter College

Enrich your life and advance your career with a liberal arts education from Salter College.

Worcester - Massachusetts
Brookline College

Brookline College can help you prepare for a great new career.

Phoenix - Arizona
Tempe - Arizona
Tucson - Arizona
Albuquerque - New Mexico
Career Point College

Prepare for a better job at Career Point College.

San Antonio - Texas
Tulsa - Oklahoma
San Antonio - Texas
Empire College

Prepare for a rewarding career with a quality education from Empire College.

Santa Rosa - California
CDI College

Find an education partner totally committed to your success at CDI College.

Abbotsford - British Columbia
Surrey - British Columbia
Vancouver - British Columbia
Montreal - Quebec
Calgary - Alberta
Edmonton - Alberta
Winnipeg - Manitoba
Ajax - Ontario
Vancouver Career College

Vancouver Career College offers one of the highest employment rates in the industry.

Burnaby - British Columbia
Vancouver - British Columbia
Coquitlam - British Columbia
Kelowna - British Columbia
Reeves College

With five convenient Alberta locations, Reeves College can help train you for a rewarding new career. Choose from career-focused programs in Healthcare, Business and Hospitality.

Lloydminster - Alberta
Lethbridge - Alberta
Calgary - Alberta
Calgary - Alberta
Edmonton - Alberta
Benchmark Career Institute

Prepare for a career in computers or medicine at Benchmark Career Institute.

Dallas - Texas
Kaplan College - KHE

Earn your degree and make a real difference in your career at Kaplan Career Institute.

Denver - Colorado
Panorama City - California
Dallas - Texas
San Antonio - Texas
Globe University

Gain the tools you need for success at Globe University.

Woodbury - Minnesota
Minneapolis - Minnesota
Eau Claire - Wisconsin
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Minneapolis - Minnesota
Middleton - Wisconsin
Onalaska - Wisconsin
Madison - Wisconsin
Rothschild - Wisconsin
Green Bay - Wisconsin
Appleton - Wisconsin
Baton Rouge College

Looking to launch your paralegal career? Complete your Paralegal Associate Degree in less than one year at BRC, Louisiana's only comprehensive paralegal program.

Baton Rouge - Louisiana
Trillium College

Trillium College has helped thousands of professional adults advance their careers or establish new ones.

Oshawa - Ontario
Ottawa - Ontario
Kingston - Ontario
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Indianapolis - Indiana
American Institute

Get started on your career at American Institute .

West Hartford - Connecticut
Summit Career College

Get your career started with an education from Summit Career College.

Colton - California
Capitol City Careers

Get you career started with training form Capitol City Careers.

Austin - Texas
Louisville - Kentucky
Thames Valley College of Business & IT

Start you career with Thames Valley College of Business & IT.

London - Ontario
Winnipeg - Manitoba

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