ILSPA Membership

ILSPA is dedicated to your career every step of the way. Whether you are a trainee or an experienced Legal Secretary, we are here to help. By becoming an ILSPA Member you will receive professional status, professional development encouragement, career advice, guidance to secure employment, and updates on law and legal issues. There is a wealth of useful information and resources available to you. 

Our Members consist of trainee, qualified and experienced Legal Secretaries and PAs who want to be a part of their own professional organisation and receive guidance throughout their career. Many law firms throughout the UK and overseas support their Legal Secretaries by registering them with us.

The fee is £50 per year. Students who enrol on our courses receive free Membership for one year.

As well as receiving Membership applications from Legal Secretaries who understand the value of being part of their own professional organisation, we receive registrations from law firms throughout the UK and overseas who want their Secretaries to receive professional recognition and support.

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Levels of Membership
Studying: Student Membership

This is open to anyone who is training or wants to train as a Legal Secretary. ILSPA Students receive free Membership for one year.

Qualified: Affiliate Membership

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.

1+ years: 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.

4+ years: 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.

Membership Benefits

ILSPA's Student and Member Area

ILSPA's exclusive online Student & Member area can be accessed by logging into our website. You will be provided with your login details when you sign up with us.  This area includes a wealth of information for trainee and experienced Legal Secretaries, including Student resources, guidance to secure employment, professional development advice, career experiences, legal resources, ILSPA's social media and more.

Professional Recognition

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.

Legal Secretary Journal Updates

Each month, we publish articles for our Members through our online Legal Secretary Journal. 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 study resources, and give career advice.

Guidance to Secure Employment

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.

Exclusive Student Member and Course Discounts

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 companies.

Members are also eligible for discounts on specific courses so that they can further their secretarial or legal skills. Whether you need to advance your Microsoft Office skills or take the next step up the ladder and become a Paralegal, you can train at a reduced cost.

Professional Development Recognition

ILPSA Members are encouraged to take part in our Continuing Professional Development programme.  Our CPD programme encourages you to advance your knowledge and skills 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.

Support Throughout Your Career

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.