Legal Career Information

Legal Career Information

Should I enroll in Legal Assistant Training in Santa Rosa?

What makes a good legal assistant or legal secretary? Paralegals and legal assistants should be excellent communicators, be proficient at accounting and computers, and possess at least a healthy sense of curiosity and common sense.

Fortunately for many people stuck in dead-end jobs, getting certified to work within the legal field isn't too difficult. For instance, legal secretary training in California can be completed within a few months. Graduates can enter the legal field in California quickly and enjoy favorable earning power. Legal assistants who choose to take further training and earn their degree can also earn more and apply for more prestigious positions in the California legal field.

How much professional responsibility does a Legal Secretary or Paralegal have?
Some of the duties of a legal secretary or a paralegal can include:

  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Researching facts and cases
  • Preparing legal documents
  • Drafting pleadings
  • Assisting at trial

Once I graduate from my paralegal degree program or legal training, what are my hiring prospects like?

Hiring prospects for legal training graduates are very good. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for legal assistants are expected to grow much faster than average. Jobs are projected to increase by 8 percent between 2014 and 2024. Job growth is spurred by employers who are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers .*

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at

Sonoma County occupation guide link for paralegals

For legal secretaries