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You will be tasked with a variety of duties focused on assisting lawyers. These include drafting documents, conducting legal research, making client notes, filing, drafting correspondance, to name a few. A legal assistant's tasks could be both clerical and administrative, as well as legal.
Not necessarily, but a law degree would be sufficient to start your career as a legal assistant. Having a law degree could also make you more employable in this competitive field.
Besides assistiing solicitors and barristers in firms and chambers, a legal assistant could also assist solicitors and barristers within the Crown Prosecution Service and Government.
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Through qualifications such as a paralegal practice award, a legal secretary certificate, an award in legal studies, a law degree, etc. Most employers will prefer a candidate with some experience in the area of law they are applying for, however this varies and is not always necessary, especially for entry level roles.