The average pay for an Experienced Legal Assistant in Ottawa, Ontario is C$49,441 per year. A skill in Filing Court Documents is associated with high pay for this job.

C$38,024 - C$57,297
MEDIAN: C$48,548
Salary C$38,024 - C$57,297
Bonus C$0.00 - C$1,973
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C$38,224 - C$57,457
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 18 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

Job Description for Legal Assistant

A legal assistant, also called a paralegal, works either with individual lawyers at a firm or with legal teams. He or she helps lawyers with their caseloads by performing research, searching through documents and evidence, facilitating interviews, preparing memos and providing any other assistance before and during trial proceedings. One of the key roles of a legal assistant is to help lawyers with preparing and prioritizing evidence. A legal assistant is typically tasked with looking through this potential evidence, marking passages and pages for further study by case attorneys. The legal assistant may also be tasked with providing reports and summaries of the evidence for circulation among the legal team.


Legal Assistant Tasks

  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.

Legal Assistant Job Listings

Key Stats for Legal Assistant

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
10-19 years
20 years or more

Skills That Affect Legal Assistant Salaries

Filing Court Documents

Drafting Correspondence

National Average

Client Interaction


Document Preparation

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 13%