Legal Secretaries, PAs, and EAs need a high level of competence to perform their roles effectively. When Fatma realised she could not support the Barrister she was working for to her desired standard, she pursued ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma to acquire legal knowledge and practical skills.

What were you doing before you joined ILSPA?

Before joining ILSPA, I was working as an EA to three directors including a Barrister.

Why did you decide to do ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course?

The majority of the time, I felt helpless and couldn't assist the Barrister at my previous role to the highest level simply due to a lack of legal knowledge. Not to mention, I study Law LLB but the degree does not prepare you for the real legal world where you have to practice law. I was then recommended to look into private diplomas to help with the practical knowledge and came across ILSPA so many times. With no hesitation I joined.

What knowledge and skills did you gain through your studies?

I learnt how to draft letters and I think by far this is my greatest achievement as it's crucial for law firms to understand how to draft legal documents as most of the communication is through letters/emails. I learnt so much about civil litigation, criminal defence and even cases we can use as precedents in the future. Skills wise, I learnt how to pay attention to detail e.g. spelling, spacing, understanding a legal question and then finding the defence. I even learnt how to fill out claim forms!

What are your future career goals?

I'm aiming to become a Barrister and ILSPA really helped kick start my career which is something I will forever be grateful for. I will make sure to spread the word and let as many people out there as possible about ILSPA.

How do you believe the Legal Secretaries Diploma has helped with your goal?

It has kicked started my career and the knowledge I gained is something I will carry with me for the next 40 years. ILSPA has helped me build this important legal foundation for my career and it really started here.

If you are interested in studying our Legal Secretaries Diploma like Sian, you can find information here.