USC Human Resources Administration

Job code: 111207Legal Secretary I

Grade: F |Overtime eligible: Yes |Date approved: September 8, 1993


Prepares correspondence, papers and documents of a legal nature such as contracts, briefs, exhibits, manuscripts or complaints.


Priority Time (%) Task (Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.)

% Types and proofs correspondence, reports, papers, or documents requiring use of legal terminology for attorneys or law professors as requested.

% Prepares legal documents such as briefs, petitions, discovery documents, trial court exhibits, manuscripts, complaints or motions.

% Takes and transcribes dictation involving use of legal terminology.

% Screens telephone calls, incoming mail, publications, and other correspondence.

% Handles inquiries of a legal and often confidential nature.

% Maintains confidential files.

% Attends meetings for distribution of materials or recording minutes through the use of shorthand or fast long-hand.
Emergency response/recovery:    
In the event of an emergency, the employee holding this position is required to "report to duty" in accordance with the university's emergency operations plan and/or the employee's department's emergency response and/or recovery plans. Familiarity with those plans and regular training to implement those plans is required. During or immediately following an emergency, the employee will be notified to assist in the emergency response efforts, and mobilize other staff members if needed.


Minimum education Preferred education
  • High school or equivalent
  • Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Specialized/technical training
Minimum experiencePreferred experience
  • 1 year
  • Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum field of expertise Preferred field of expertise
Legal secretarial experience with knowledge of legal terminology.  
  • Answer telephones
  • Arrange travel
  • Assemble and coordinate manuscripts
  • Compose letters
  • Coordinate meetings
  • Edit technical or scientific text
  • Gather data
  • Maintain filing systems
  • Prioritize different projects
  • Research information
  • Schedule appointments
  • Transcribe dictated documents
  • Dictation equipment
  • Computer and peripheral equipment
  • Photocopier
  • Typewriter/word processor
Supervises level
May oversee student, temporary and/or casual workers.


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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer