Are there any paralegals here? in The Chat Board Posted July 3, 2015 I do think times have changed and without prior legal assistant experience or training you would be hard pressed to get a legal secretary job. I know for sure my city it is nearly impossible to get a legal assistant job without a two year diploma program. In fact the main 6 big law firms in my city hold at least 2-3 recruiting events a year and ours generally hires 8 students every year. They wouldn't bother looking at someone with no background knowledge. Yeah, I just looked at an ad for an "entry-level legal assistant" and it stated that only "qualified and experienced" applicants would be considered. So I'm assuming that "entry-level" either means just graduated from a program, or experienced with no certification?