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Legal assistant has the same role to a legal secretary. They assist lawyers primarily working in a law firm. They are task to do typing jobs, researching, documenting and filing the records. The difference is that Legal Assistants receives higher salary than the Legal Secretary. Legal Assistants are not advised to practice law duties such as giving advice and representing into a court. 
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A legal assistant is a person qualified to perform legal work that requires knowledge of law and procedures, but can not engage in practice of law like barristers or licensed lawyers.

A legal assistant assists a lawyer or a legal team in research/gathering information for cases.