Office managers for law firms typically perform oversight for their firm's day-to-day operations, including maintaining the office’s budget, interacting with vendors, and scheduling appointments. They are also responsible for reviewing and sometimes creating legal documents, conducting research, coordinating office staff, and fulfilling any other firm requirements. In smaller firms, an office manager may not have subordinates and is thus responsible for tasks such as basic filing, handling incoming and outgoing telephone calls, and general office custodial duties. These managers are frequently placed in leadership roles among other law office workers, and they often interact with the firm’s lawyers, outside lawyers, vendors, clients, and paralegals.
Office managers for law firms work in a fast-paced, indoor office setting. They generally work during regular business hours, although additional and/or alternative hours may be necessary. Office managers should be familiar with a wide range of office equipment, including fax machines, copy machines, computers, filing systems, and telephones. Knowledge of legal documents, legal language, and legal processes are important as well.
Educational requirements for law firm office manager positions vary depending on the size of the legal office and the preference of the hiring manager, but they can range from an associate’s degree to a master’s degree in either paralegal studies, office management, or another relevant field. Relevant experience is generally required or preferred as well.
Office Manager, Law Firm Tasks
Manage the daily operations of a law firm, solving administrative problems and addressing human resources issues.
Oversee firm hiring, payroll, and budget, and make budget reports to owners.
Provide support services to keep projects moving.
Assign cases, making sure work is distributed evenly among team members.