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Legal Secretaries Diploma Course

Become a competent Legal Secretary and gain a recognised Diploma through the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs

The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs


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Distance learning, self-paced
6 months
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ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course is recognised by law firms and legal recruiters, and will provide you with the legal knowledge and practical skills you need to become a competent Legal Secretary. Once gaining our qualification, you will receive a valuable Legal Secretaries Diploma certificate.

The course is suitable for beginners, as well as experienced Legal Secretaries who want to gain a formal qualification.

Distance Learning is a very popular form of study. We have Students studying the course throughout the UK and overseas. You can start at any time of year and have the flexibility of studying at your own pace. The more time you dedicate to the course, the sooner you can complete it. On average, Students complete the course within six months. Some Students have been known to complete it within six weeks. If you would prefer to take your time due to other commitments, you have up to one year to submit your coursework.

The Student and Member area of our website includes everything you need for the course. Once enrolled, you will be able to access the course material, achievement tests, practical assessments and Student resources. ILSPA's course is complete in itself, and you do not need to purchase any textbooks. Our Student and Member area also contains fantastic resources to help you with your studies.

There are no examinations for the Legal Secretaries Diploma course. You are assessed through online achievement tests and practical assessments. Full instructions and examples are provided in the course material to enable you to complete the coursework.

You will have access to help and support during the course from your Course Assessor and ILSPA's team. If you have any questions about the course material or coursework, you can telephone or email us.

When you study through ILSPA, you gain much more than a qualification. We aim to make you excited about your career through the interesting content of our course material and the passion with which it is delivered. We not only help you with your studies so that you achieve your qualification, we provide you with advice, support and resources so that you have a rewarding career. CV help and guidance to secure employment is available to those who are new to the legal profession.

Legal Secretaries and PAs are in great demand and are able to earn good salaries. You can have a great career in law by studying ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course.


ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma

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ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course is equivalent to a Level 3 qualification. You will learn about the day-to-day tasks of a Legal Secretary, various areas of law, the legal profession and how the court system operates. The course also covers legal terminology, legal document production, how to complete legal forms and how to type professional correspondence.

Introduction: General Procedures & Legal Terminology

Unit 1: English Legal System

Unit 2: Law of Contract & Law of Tort

Unit 3: Civil Litigation Practice

Unit 4: Land Law & Conveyancing Practice

Unit 5: Wills, Probate & Administration Practice

Unit 6: Family Law & Practice

Additional Benefits: Guidance to secure employment and a tour of the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Plus one year's free Membership of The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs.

Who is this course for?

We have a wide range of Students of all ages, nationalities and varying levels of experience.

ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma is suitable for:

  • People with no previous experience in law
  • Experienced Legal Secretaries who want to gain a formal qualification
  • Law Graduates who want to gain practical skills


There are no entry requirements for the course, however we recommend that you have a good typing speed, computer literacy, an understanding of Microsoft Word, and a good standard of spoken and written English. If you don't have these skills, we advise that you acquire them whilst you are studying.

Career path

Legal Secretaries are an essential part of the legal profession and are always in high demand as they help lawyers with their work.

There is great opportunity for career advancement as the more experience gained, the higher salary you can achieve. Legal Secretaries can even progress on to working as Paralegals or Legal Executives with experience and training.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.