The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs was formed in 1990 by a group of like-minded legal professionals to promote the excellence and professional recognition of Legal Secretaries and PAs.  Over the years, ILSPA has developed recognised qualifications which enable people to gain the legal knowledge and practical skills they need to be competent and successful Legal Secretaries and PAs. Our courses have been studied by thousands of Students throughout the UK and overseas.

ILSPA provides professional recognition together with advice and support to trainee and experienced Legal Secretaries.  We have levels of Membership to suit all, encompassing a wide range of Members across the world. ILSPA encourages professional development through our CPD programme and online Legal Secretary Journal. Whatever stage you are at in your career, we are here to assist. 

The Professional Body for Legal Secretaries and PAs
ILSPA's Aims & Objectives
  • To specifically provide for the needs of trainee and experienced Legal Secretaries and PAs
  • To offer specialist training and career guidance to people from a wide range of backgrounds and varying levels of experience
  • To award recognised qualifications which enable people to start or advance their careers
  • To encourage Members to advance their knowledge and skills through professional development
  • To keep our Members up to date with new laws and procedures
  • To create awareness of the standards that are expected of Legal Secretaries and PAs
  • To unite Legal Secretaries and PAs at all levels and make them feel as if they are part of a community


A Message from ILSPA's Chief Executive - Emma Stacey

It’s a wonderful thing for a person to find an interest or passion in life. Law can prove such an interest and it can be a very fascinating subject to learn! Law affects our lives on a daily basis and continually adapts to meet the needs of our society. The ability to understand our legal system and the legal profession is beneficial for both personal and professional reasons. Developing legal knowledge and skills through training will help you reach your goal of being a successful Legal Secretary or PA. If you are motivated, committed and determined, magical things can happen. You can achieve anything in life if you put your all into it. Imagine the possibilities the future could hold once you achieve a professional qualification or undertake professional development.  We are here to help and support you through your journey, and we will ensure you receive the best training, advice and guidance possible.