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Legal Billing Clerk - a Great Place to Start in a Law Firm

published September 01, 2009

By CEO and Founder - BCG Attorney Search left
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Responsibilities of a Legal Billing Clerk

A legal billing clerk is important to a law firm because billing is done by the hour and is charged to the client a lawyer works for during the billing period. The legal billing clerk collects all the hours worked for each client every pay period so the client can be billed for the lawyer’s time. The legal billing clerk also must create an invoice to be sent to the clients after calculating and posting the hours.

Legal Billing Clerk - A Great Place To Start In A Law Firm

The legal billing clerk is responsible to verify questions that arise from the billing and verifying rates being charged to clients. The clerk may also need to provide legal clients with complete documentation for all charges billed upon request. After calculating and printing invoices for clients the legal billing clerk will also prepare the invoices to be mailed and many times perform collection responsibilities which include resolving any billing disputes and giving great customer service.

Education, Training, and Skills of the Legal Billing Clerks

Legal Billing clerks must be good with numbers. They should also be organized and detail-oriented. It is a great entry level position when employers provide on the job training. In this instance only a high school diploma is all that is necessary. The market is changing and some employers are hiring legal billing clerks with a few hours of college coursework in bookkeeping or accounting. Law firms may request 1 or 2 years of experience for some legal billing clerks in law firms so they will be familiar with legal terms and practices. Here are some additional skills the law firm might request:
 
  • Maintain confidentiality when assigned sensitive projects with lawyers and their clients
  • Skills with Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be comfortable working in a fast paced environment

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