…you alphabetize your spices and arrange your clothes in order of the color spectrum (not to mention your paperclips).
OCD much? You too can be a legal secretary! Your attention to detail is vital to your role in supporting attorneys. If you are compelled to dot every I, cross every T and re-read to be sure you did so – TWELVE times – you might be a legal secretary!
…if you want to meet the men in white coats sooner rather than later.
Do you possess sound mental health? Not for long! Working with anal attorneys and picky paralegals will quickly drive you around the bend. The attorney will instruct you to complete a task one way while the paralegal is advising that you have it all wrong. Your best option is to put them both in a locked conference room and whoever exits victorious can tell you how it’s supposed to be done.
…you find yourself proofreading e v e r y t h i n g.
Seriously. Every frakking thing! Cereal boxes. Junk mail. Billboards. Bumper stickers. Tee shirts. A little advice: do not try to dot the I on someone’s shirt!
…you don’t mind being a mind reader.
Mind reading is an expected requirement to work with lawyers. Unfortunately, determining whether the mind reading is successful often requires its own element of mind reading. Yeah, just try to figure that out!
…you actually know how to replace paper in the copier.
and the printer too. You can also load the dishwasher, start a new pot of coffee and redline a motion for summary judgment with one arm tied behind your back.
…you agree with the punch line of every lawyer joke you’ve ever heard.
…you know how to spell some really odd words, like habeas corpus, amicus curiae, certiorari.
While this is a required trait for a legal secretary it does nothing for your social interactions. Go ahead, just try to work certiorari into a non-work related conversation. I dare you.
This post was a joint effort among the legal secretaries I work with at BIG LAW.