While terms such as paralegal, legal assistant and legal secretary are all used on a regular basis, it can leave many people curious as to whether or not there is any significant difference between them.
A legal secretary is precisely what the term implies. Up until quite recently, this role was reserved for all those who were working in a law office, but not lawyers themselves.
Legal secretaries were usually female, and not that much different from normal office secretaries, apart from the fact that a legal secretary would often require specialized training on matters specific to the legal sector. While legal secretaries may well have been well educated, up to degree level, it was typically up to the discretion of their employer, as opposed to any specific professional requirement.