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What Is a Case Assistant and How to Become One

What Is a Case Assistant?

A case assistant plays a supporting role for lawyers and other case managers as they prepare cases for litigation, trial, arbitration, or resolution. Your job duties include preparing legal paperwork, providing administrative support during trials and litigation, contacting clients, and other support duties as required by the legal team. A career as a case assistant does not require you to have a college degree, though many employers prefer candidates have some prior legal training or experience. To excel as a case assistant, you should have superb communications skills, familiarity with legal language, and a familiarity with legal proceedings.

How to Become a Case Assistant

A legal or case assistant works as part of a lawyer’s team performing a variety of administrative tasks related to different cases. To become a case assistant, you need at least a high school diploma or equivalent, but many pursue an associate degree in legal studies or a related field from an accredited institution to learn different aspects of working in the legal field. Some employers provide on-the-job training, but most prefer candidates who have some background in handling legal paperwork and knowledge of legal rules and regulations in a particular field of law. Additional qualifications include excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to work on a team. Certification is not required, but becoming certified from national organizations, such as the National Association of Legal Assistants, may make you more competitive in the job market.