Individuals with an interest in the legal field who enjoy bookkeeping and handling payments should consider becoming legal clerks. With the legal field growing at a faster than average rate compared with other jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for legal clerks is expected to grow.
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Education and Experience
Though a college degree can make individuals more competitive applicants, most employers only require legal clerks to have a high school diploma or equivalent education. Previous experience working as a legal cashier, accounting secretary, or in the legal field are necessary since this is not typically an entry-level position.
Legal cashiers must be proficient in computer use and the Microsoft system. Typically employers place an emphasis on previous experience using Microsoft Excel or spreadsheet software. Additionally, applicants for these positions should demonstrate excellent communication skills both in person and while answering the telephone. They should have strong writing skills, place emphasis on details, and be trustworthy since their job entails working with money. They must be highly organised and be able to work well independently.
These professionals are in charge of bookkeeping, and aid in the financial management of accounts for the law firm. Legal cashiers receive payments for goods and services such as food, rent, deposits, accounts receivable, and fees. They work a cash register or computer to register these payments. They must check the identification of customers who use checks or charge accounts. They must accurately count the amount of money in the register at the end of each shift. Additionally, they collect and issue refunds as well as record daily transactions. They must write checks and review bank accounts. These professionals must maintain knowledge of legal proceedings as well as the company's financial software.
Legal cashiers spend most of their day in an office, working behind a desk or tellers window. Though they work with many people throughout the day taking payments, they typically have minimal supervision. Usually, their schedule follows the standard 40-hour work week though some legal cashiers chose to work part-time.
According to a 2009 survey from CBSalary.com, the average annual salary for a legal clerk is £27,551 per year. Salaries, however can range from £22,324 to £41,583 per year. As with all salary surveys, these figures can vary significantly based upon experience, employer, and geographic location.
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