Sidley Austin LLP

  • Legal Secretary Trainee

    Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
    Secretarial Services
  • Summary

    A legal secretary supports attorneys with various administrative tasks. This includes collaborating, coordinating and maintaining effective and efficient work flows while adhering to firm policies and procedures.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Perform a variety of secretarial functions including processing new client/matter reports, expense reports, preparing exhibits, transcribing and revising digital audio;
    • Create, format, proofread, edit and finalize a variety of legal documents; including correspondence, charts, motions, briefs, pleadings, contracts, letters and memoranda;
    • Organization of lawyer’s document management system, court filings, deals, closings and overall workflow;
    • Responsible for inputting attorney daily time entries through inTapp time system, and consolidate and edit time to ensure accuracy of input;
    • Coordinate travel arrangements including air, hotel and cars for attorneys and clients;
    • Handles reimbursements of personal and client related expenses such as telephone calls, meals and travel using the electronic accounting system;
    • Receive, screen and transfer telephone calls, administer conference calls, and provide prompt messages to attorneys, clients, and staff;
    • Schedule and coordinate meetings and appointments for attorneys and clients including conference rooms and service of food;
    • Oversee incoming and outgoing deliveries and mail, distribute promptly upon receipt;
    • Coordinate work performed by support services for prompt productions and ensure delivery of completed requests and/or services;
    • Remain up to date on office policies and procedures;
    • Perform other duties as assigned or as judgment or necessity dictates.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).


    Education and/or Experience:


    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Word Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel
    • High school graduate



    • Bachelors degree or equivalent relevant experience
    • Ability to accurately type 75 words per minute


    Other Skills and Abilities:

    The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Good judgment
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills
    • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
    • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
    • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
    • Able to work under pressure
    • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities


    Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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