For individuals considering a career in the law, employees yearning for a career change and students seeking legal experience, an entry level job is an excellent way to get your foot in the door.
Since many entry level jobs are part-time, you can still pursue your law degree, paralegal studies or other interests while gaining exposure to many different aspects of law practice.
Below are several common entry level jobs in the legal industry. Most of these positions require no more than a high school diploma and an interest in the legal field and most employers provide on-the-job training.
Court messengers are integral to the smooth operation of a law firm. Court messengers must be quick on their feet, filing documents with the court; delivering time-sensitive files to opposing counsel, the court or other parties; and running miscellaneous errands for law firm partners and trial teams.
2. File Clerk
Law firms, large and small, have designated cabinets, drawers, rooms and/or warehouses in which case files and evidence are stored. File clerks are responsible for maintaining these spaces and for creating, processing and maintaining file records which may number in the thousands.
The law firm production/copy center is the hub of its business operations. Copy center professionals manage, coordinate and assemble high-volume print jobs and operate and maintain multiple high-speed production copiers as well as related equipment and software applications.
Mailroom clerks process, sort and distribute mail and manage mailroom activities and staff. Since nearly every employee receives mail, from the receptionist to the managing partner or CEO, working in the mailroom is a great way to get to know individuals at all levels of the organization and can lead to positions of greater responsibility.
Document coders play a valuable role in large-scale litigation and high-volume document productions. Document coding is a form of data entry which involves the review and coding of documents to capture specific, predefined data, allowing those documents – which may number in the millions - to be easily sorted and retrieved during the course of litigation. Working as a document coder is a great way to break into the fast-growing litigation support industry.
Legal receptionists greet visitors, answer incoming calls, schedule conference rooms and take care of a myriad of other details to keep the law firm running smoothly. As the firm's gatekeeper, the legal receptionist has contact with visitors, clients and all levels of law firm personnel. Working as a legal receptionist is a great way to get to know everyone in the firm and can serve as a stepping stone to other positions such as legal secretary or paralegal.