World Mental Health Day

Date : 10 Oct 2023, 4:08 p.m.

Today is world mental health day, where many organisations will have the opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues, as well as help those who are suffering with them. One in eight people suffer from mental health conditions and it can significantly affect their lives, from not being able to make meaningful connections with others to not functioning well enough to work.

This year's theme is about mental health being a universal human right. This means that whoever we are and wherever we live in the world, we should have the right to a good standard of mental health. Governments are working …

ILSPA's Next Live Online Classes

Date : 2 Oct 2023, 1:33 p.m.

Now that our classes at Regent's University are underway, we have set a date for our next live online classes. Students will be able to study our Legal Secretaries Diploma course online through Zoom with our wonderful tutor, Seamus Ryan. The classes will be starting on Wednesday 21 February and will run every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm - 9.30pm, for twelve weeks.

ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course is designed to provide Students with the legal knowledge and practical skills they need to be competent Legal Secretaries. It is suitable for those who are starting out in their careers or those who are experienced and want …

ILSPA's Evening Classes - Still Time to Enrol!

Date : 12 Sep 2023, 2:35 p.m.

ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma evening classes are starting this week at Regent's University in London. The University is situated within the beautiful setting of Regent's Park and as Autumn draws near, we will be able to witness the wondrous changing of the seasons. 

We are excited to be running the classes again and look forward to welcoming our new Students. There is still time to enrol if you would like to attend the classes. We accept late enrolments up to two weeks after the course has started. As the course involves blended learning through class attendance and online coursework, Students …

The Royal Courts of Justice - Next Tour Dates

Date : 1 Sep 2023, 9:23 a.m.

In this month's edition of our Legal Secretary Journal, we announced that ILSPA's Students and Members are eligible for a 30% discount for the breathtaking tours at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Visiting the RCJ is a wonderful experience where Students’ course material comes to life and they can get an inside look at a real-life working courtroom. 

One of our past Students, Anna Beaf, commented: “The tour of the Royal Courts of Justice was the perfect supplement to the course materials and put the Court’s history and protocol into context.”

If you are interested in attending, the next tour dates are as follows:

Thursday …

Simply Law Offers Free Webinars for Job Seekers

Date : 29 Aug 2023, 8:30 p.m.

ILSPA's Partner, Simply Law, is offering free webinars to help you secure employment and improve your career prospects. The next webinars are taking place on Tuesday 5 September and will focus on how you can create a high impact LinkedIn profile to attract top legal jobs.

If you are looking for Legal Secretary work at the moment or you are studying one of ILSPA's courses and want to improve your chances of employment after you qualify, it is well worth listening to Simply Law's expert advice. The webinars will cover:

  • How to write your LinkedIn profile to get noticed
  • How to get your CV …

Legal Secretary Career Prospects

Date : 9 Aug 2023, 2:57 p.m.

Legal Secretaries have excellent career prospects. Through gaining experience, you have the opportunity to work your way up the ladder and obtain a higher salary. You can also become a Paralegal or even a Solicitor! Studying with us is a great way to take that first step towards your future career.

Take a look at the career experiences featured in our Legal Secretary Journal. You can read about various Students who have qualified through ILSPA and are sailing through their legal careers.

An example is Elizabeth Forbes who was a Secretarial Coordinator for a large south-east based firm. She is now working as a Trainee …

Qualifications and Training Offered by ILSPA's New Partner - ILFM

Date : 3 Aug 2023, 3:44 p.m.

ILSPA recently announced its new partnership with the Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM). As industry peers, we are delighted to recognise and support the valuable work ILFM does for its Members and other legal professionals.

ILFM provides qualifications, training, knowledge, support and information for anyone working in legal accounts, compliance and law firm management. It is dedicated to driving innovation, advancing education and promoting excellence throughout the legal sector. It's training and education programs aim to raise awareness, advocate good business practice and maintain high standards.

Training and continuing professional development are essential for those working in the legal …

How to Keep Your Momentum When You Don't Have Time to Study

Date : 25 Jul 2023, 3:49 p.m.

The summer holidays are upon us and for many ILSPA Students this means less time than usual to dedicate to their studies. There may be holidays booked, children at home or simply more distractions. Whatever the reason, it's important to remember that ILSPA's courses are designed to be flexible and fit around your commitments.

If you find it challenging to find time to study over the next few weeks, we encourage you to focus on keeping your momentum in ways that are manageable. Keeping yourself involved will mean that it won't feel such a shock when you return to studying properly again. 

Here are our top tips: …

SecsintheCity Launches Annual PA of the Year Awards

Date : 9 Jun 2023, 12:54 p.m.

SecsintheCity, the UK’s only dedicated PA job site, has opened nominations for its annual PA of the Year Awards. Achieve a momentous accolade - nominate yourself, or a colleague to become the 2023 PA, Legal PA, or Office Manager of the year.

Nominations are now open in our annual celebration of the essential support provided to businesses and executives by Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, Legal Secretaries, and Office Managers UK-wide.

Nominations close on 1 September 2023, after which our judging panel will interview a shortlist of finalists to select a winner in each of the following categories:

  • PA of …

Preparing for Interview Questions

Date : 5 Jun 2023, 4:45 p.m.

Being offered a Legal Secretary job interview can be a very exciting but nerve-wracking experience! It means that your CV has made a good impression and you will want that to continue. 

An interview provides a recruiter with the opportunity to find out whether you are suitable for the job in person and they will ask you a variety of different questions. Before an interview takes place, it is important to think about what questions might be asked and what your answers will be. 

Here are some example interview questions:

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why would you like to …