ILSPA Membership

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 Membership fee for all levels is a one-off payment of £50.  This entitles you to Lifetime Membership of the Institute. Students who study our courses receive free Membership for one year.

Membership is very beneficial, whatever stage you are at in your career.  

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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.

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:

Membership Area Access

ILSPA's exclusive online Membership area can be accessed through our website. It includes a wealth of resources for trainee and experienced Legal Secretaries, help to secure employment, IT tips and advice, career advice, Students' and Members’ experiences, Member discounts, legal news and journals, information on our Continuing Professional Development programme, and professional development articles.

Professional Recognition

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.

Legal Secretary Journal Notifications

Our Legal Secretary Journal is online and we publish articles monthly. You will receive an email each month regarding our latest articles and news. Our articles 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 laws and legal issues, encourage professional development, provide you with career advice and improve your IT knowledge.

CV Help & Guidance to Secure Employment

We can provide you with CV help to 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 Discounts

Student Members are able to purchase an 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.

Continuing Professional Development Recognition

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.

Countersignatory Authorisation

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.

Being Part of a Community & Committed to Your Career

By belonging to your own professional organisation and joining other Members, you are supporting the fact that Legal Secretaries and PAs are an essential part of the legal profession.  We will encourage you to be committed, and we are dedicated to your career every step of the way.  ILSPA aims to unite Legal Secretaries and PAs at all levels and make them feel as if they are part of a community