Becoming a Legal File Clerk Can Be a Great Entry into the Field of Law

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If you're interested in the field of law and can't stop watching Law & Order reruns, get an entry-level job at a law firm and see where your interests really lie. Your interest in criminal justice can lead to a successful and lucrative career with the right degree training. Working in one of the legal support professions can give individuals the opportunity to work within the justice system without having a law degree, however. People who choose to work in the legal support field respect the law, encourage the administration of justice, maintain a high degree of confidentiality, and adhere to a strict code of ethics.

As a legal file clerk, you will file and catalog legal documents; prepare, maintain, and track all on-site and off-site records; prepare documents for off-site storage and confidential disposal; subpoena records; answer phones and route calls; and assist with general office clerical tasks. As the amount of information generated by organizations continues to grow rapidly, file clerks continually classify, store, retrieve, and update this information on an ongoing basis. In smaller offices they often have additional responsibilities, such as data entry, word processing, sorting mail, and operating copy or fax machines. Legal file clerks work with a myriad of information daily, and the job can be daunting. They are employed by organizations of all types, especially at law firms.

File clerks, also known as records, information, or record center clerks, examine incoming material and code it numerically, alphabetically, or by subject matter. They then store forms, letters, receipts, or reports in paper form or enter critical information into other storage devices. In some instances clerks operate mechanized files that rotate to bring the needed records to them; others convert documents to film that is then stored on microforms, such as microfilm or microfiche.

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