Based on 2,157 responses, the job of Legal Assistant has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.82 out of 5. On average, Legal Assistants are highly satisfied with their job.
Q: What is it like working as a Legal Assistant?
"Working For A Sole Practitioner Means Taking On Every Task."
Be fluid and be prepared to work hard.
"Not Worth It."
Pros: I enjoy most of the work. After 28 years in the Canadian Forces it is quite different from what I am used to and, for the most part, fairly interesting.
Cons: I have never worked so hard for so little in my entire life. We are expected to work overtime without being compensated and we are not given credit for the hard work that is done. The pay is minuscule compared to what is expected and the general work atmosphere is almost oppressive.
Work hard and be conscientious, never say "that's not part of my job description". Going over and above what is expected of you - offer to assist others when you're not busy. Continually learn new programs, software, etc.
Make sure you come with common sense, school smarts can only take you so far in this industry.
Pros: We are tight knit like a family at the firm and the work varies daily. Sometimes, work includes writing letters and typing dictation, running to the courthouse and scheduling appointments. Other times, it's much more fast-paced, a little stressful and frustrating, generating documents from thin air and assisting new and old clients as they call, walk in the door, etc. The variation of my job is what keeps every day interesting. The people here make it worthwhile.
Cons: Sometimes overwhelming, sometimes thankless. Usually, my least favorite parts of the job correlate to the complexity of the work I am doing. Sometimes, that means I'm doing a mundane task. Sometimes, that means my head is spinning and I don't know where to go with what I'm doing.
Five year maximum learning leader, advance shortly thereafter, highly organization, review and double check work for continuity, Don't settle.
"Not Exactly What I Had In Mind."
Pros: Our vacation and sick leave are bunched together so you can accrue and use your paid leave as you wish.
Cons: Most of the time, my work is mundane, tedious, and underwhelming. For the most part, I am uninspired and not stimulated intellectually.