Judicial Secretary

Serve as trusted assistant to a Judge.
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Very Good

Salary Range
$29,000 – $75,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Judicial Secretaries do?

The law never sleeps, but Judges do. With all the cases they have to handle, they need a Judicial Secretary like yourself to manage the paperwork, talk with clients, and perform research on current cases.

Judicial Secretary jobs are divided into levels. The first level covers basic duties such as answering the phone, mailing papers, and scheduling meetings. Higher levels require an understanding of the law and legal matters. At these higher levels as a Judicial Secretary, you’ll conduct research related to an upcoming case and write out opinions – statements that explains why a Judge ruled the way he or she did on a particular court case.

When a new case rolls in, you pick up the pace. Now it’s up to you to do any necessary research and let the Judge know about relevant laws. If the Judge needs to travel for the case, you book the hotels and arrange for a reimbursement, also known as a refund, on the costs of the trip.

Depending on where you work, you may help out more than one Judge. Regardless of what level of work you do, you still play an important role in the legal system. No man is an island, and no Judge can do all his work alone.

All-in-all, you keep workflow at the office running smoothly. Think of yourself as a leader who ventures ahead and smoothes out bumps in the road less traveled. In the busy world of the law, Judges need all the help they can get.


Should I be a Judicial Secretary?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Judicial Secretary

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