A legal assistant is a qualified, competent person who performs many of the same things a lawyer does. You can become certified by completing a legal assistant certificate program. This qualification will make your resume look even better! If you believe that being a legal assistant is what you want to do, besides taking an accredited course, apply for and obtain an entry level job at a law firm. First, this will get your foot in the door and second it will give you a chance to prove your worth.