The Institute of Legal
Secretaries and PAs
The Professional Body for Legal Secretaries and PAs
We are the professional body for Legal Secretaries and PAs and are dedicated to your career every step of the way. By becoming a Member of the Institute, you will receive professional status, career advice, guidance to secure employment, regular updates on law and legal issues, professional and personal development encouragement, and you will feel like you are part of a community.
The fee is £50 for Annual Membership or £150 for Lifetime Membership. Students who study our courses receive free Membership for one year.
Membership is very beneficial, whatever stage you are at in your career.
This is open to anyone who is training or wants to train as a Legal Secretary. ILSPA Students receive free Membership for one year.
This is open to those who have gained the Legal Secretaries Diploma through The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs or an equivalent legal secretarial qualification. Law Graduates are also eligible for Affiliate Membership.
Associate Membership (AILS)
This is open to those who have a legal secretarial qualification plus at least one year’s legal secretarial experience or at least two years’ experience as a Legal Secretary.
Fellowship Membership (FILS)
This is open to those who have a legal secretarial qualification with at least four years’ legal secretarial experience or at least six years’ experience as a Legal Secretary.
ILSPA's exclusive online Student and Member area can be accessed by logging into our website. You will be provided with your login details when you sign up with us. It includes a wealth of information for trainee and experienced Legal Secretaries, including Student resources, guidance to secure employment, professional development advice, career experiences, legal research, legal news and blogs, IT tips and advice, and more.
When you become an ILSPA Member, you will receive recognition of your status and experience as a Legal Secretary or PA. If you are an Associate or Fellowship Member, you will receive an attractive certificate which will show your eligibility to use the designatory letters AILS or FILS after your name. This can proudly be displayed in your workplace or shown to potential employers when looking for a new role.
Associate or Fellowship Members of the Institute are recognised by the government as being suitable to countersign passports. For more information, call the IPS Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000.
Each month, we write articles to help our Students and Members. These are published through our online Legal Secretary Journal and as a Member, you will receive an email notification at the beginning of every month regarding our latest articles and news. Our articles are written by legal professionals to help advance your professional expertise so that you excel in your career and are aware of the standards that are expected of Legal Secretaries and PAs. We keep you up to date with new law and legal issues, encourage professional development, provide Student resources and give career advice.
We would like to provide you with help and guidance so that you have the best chance of securing employment. ILSPA's CV help will ensure that you present a document which is attractive and effective in your job search. Your CV provides the first impression you make on a potential employer, so it is important that it meets a high standard; is tailored for a Legal Secretary position; and shows your full capabilities, skills and experience. ILSPA's Guide to Securing Employment will provide you with information on preparing yourself for your job search, where to look for vacancies, applying for jobs and interview techniques.
Student Members are able to purchase a TOTUM (previously NUS Extra) card and receive great discounts on fashion, food and drink, going out, health and beauty, travel and accommodation. On average, Students save over £500 a year by using their card through places such as Amazon, Ticketmaster, National Express, easyjet, Ryman Stationers, Superdrug, Pizza Express, Zizzi, Chessington World of Adventures, Tate Britain and many more.
ILPSA Members are encouraged to take part in our Continuing Professional Development Programme. Our CPD programme encourages you to advance your knowledge and skills in order to enhance the quality of your work. We aim to recognise your progression throughout your career, and we support your accomplishments by awarding you an attractive CPD certificate.
ILSPA Members are entitled to discounts on Microsoft Office courses. Those who are studying or have qualified from ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course can receive discounts for other courses which enable them to develop themselves professionally and advance their careers.
ILSPA unites Legal Secretaries and PAs at all levels and makes them feel like they are part of a community. Legal Secretaries are a very important part of the legal profession and we will encourage you to be committed to your career through our training, online resources and personal guidance. Whatever stage you are in your career, we are here to support you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice.