While legal secretaries perform clerical functions such as filing, typing, answer the phone and organizing files, they also possess specialized, practice-specific skills, and knowledge that helps lawyers’ practices run smoothly. Legal secretaries usually work for one or more paralegals and/or attorneys.
A legal receptionist is a law firm gatekeeper, greeting guests, answering the main phone line, scheduling conference rooms and performing other administrative tasks as necessary. In the smallest firms, a secretary may also perform receptionist duties.
A law clerk within a law firm is usually a law student, recent law grad or experienced paralegal who performs legal research and writing. Law clerks often work part time or seasonally (usually in the summer). It is often considered an entry-level legal job or a sort of legal internship for law students.
Also known as a law firm messenger, the court runner files documents with the court and performs other errands for law firm lawyers and staff. Court messengers are often law students who work part-time with a law firm to gain legal skills and exposure to the law firm experience.