ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma Course

ILSPA is the UK's professional body for Legal Secretaries and PAs.  Our Legal Secretary course is widely recognised by law firms and legal recruiters, and will provide you with valuable legal knowledge and the practical skills you need to become a competent and qualified Legal Secretary. You will learn various areas of law and the practical tasks involved with Legal Secretary work, such as legal document production, completing legal forms and typing professional correspondence.

You can study ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course through evening classes in London or online by distance learning. Our course is suitable if you no previous experience in law and want to enter the legal profession or if you have Legal Secretary experience and want to gain a formal qualification.

Through studying ILSPA's course, you will gain an understanding of law and Legal Secretary procedures. Our philosophy is that Legal Secretaries and PAs should understand not only know how to perform certain tasks but also the reason for those tasks and law behind them. This gives you excellent job prospects and a great opportunity for career advancement.

We will provide you with help and support during your studies so that you achieve your Diploma, and also give you advice and resources so that you have a rewarding career. CV help and guidance to secure employment is available to those seeking work. Students receive FREE Membership of the Institute for one year and are able to apply for an NUS Extra Student discount card.

Legal Secretaries and PAs are in great demand and are able to earn good salaries. You can have a successful Legal Secretary career by studying ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course!

As the professional body for Legal Secretaries and PAs, one of our aims is to provide affordable training to Students.  ILSPA's Legal Secretary courses can be paid for in full or by instalments with a debit/credit card.  Alternatively, you can request an invoice if your employers are paying for you.  Find out more in our course fees and enrolment section below. 

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Distance Learning

Location: Online
Start Date: Any time of year
Times: Flexible
Duration: Flexible - up to 1 year (average time within 6 months)
Payment: £600 - in full or by instalments by debit/credit card

Evening Classes - London

Location: Regent's University, London
Start Date: Thursday 6 September 2018
Times: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration: Thursday evenings for 14 weeks
Payment: £700 - in full or by instalments by debit/credit card
Offer: Early Bird Discount - Save £100 if you enrol by Friday 29 June (usually £800)

Course Content

ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course will teach you about various areas of law, the legal profession, how the court system operates, legal terminology, legal document production, how to complete legal forms, how to type professional correspondence, and it will advance your word processing skills.

Introduction:  General Procedures & Legal Terminology

​Unit 1:  English Legal System

Unit 2:  Law of Contract & Law of Tort

Unit 3:  Civil Litigation Practice

Unit 4:  Land Law & Conveyancing Practice

Unit 5:  Wills, Probate & Administration Practice

Unit 6:  Family Law & Practice

Court Tour:  Students have the option to go on a tour of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, which takes place once a month.

Securing a Legal Secretary Job:  ILSPA's evening classes include a valuable session on how to secure a Legal Secretary Job.  Whether you are new to the profession or you are experienced, we will provide you with advice and guidance on how to gain your perfect role.  Help and guidance is also available to distance learning Students at any time via email or telephone.

Download ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma Course Syllabus to read the full course content. The course includes all the areas listed, making it one of the most comprehensive and best-value Legal Secretary courses available. 

Legal Secretaries Diploma Syllabus

Suitable Learners

We have a wide range of Students of all ages, nationalities and varying levels of experience.  The course is studied in the UK and overseas.

ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma is suitable for:

  • People with no previous experience in law who want to enter the profession
  • Administrators or Secretaries who want to advance their careers
  • Experienced Legal Secretaries who want to gain a formal qualification
  • Law Graduates who want to gain practical skills 

Course Requirements

Learners are required to have administrative or secretarial skills with a good typing speed, computer literacy, a good understanding of Microsoft Word, and a good standard of spoken and written English.  If you need to acquire any of these skills, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

Study Methods

Distance Learning - Online

We have Students studying our Legal Secretaries Diploma course online throughout the UK and overseas.  You can study the course from home at your own pace and start at any time of year.  As a guideline, the course is usually completed within 6 months. However, Students learn at different rates, and you have up to one year to complete your studies. Some Students studying by distance learning have been known to complete it within 6 weeks!  A good pace for studying the course would be around 8 hours a week, but this can be flexible according to your commitments.  The more time you dedicate to your studies, the quicker you will complete the course.

The course material is available online through our website.  There is no need to purchase any books.  When you enrol, you will be sent your username and password so you can log in to our website and access the course material and Student resources straight away. 

You have access to full help and support during the course.  If you have any questions about the course material or coursework, you can telephone or email us and speak to a member of our team.

Evening Classes - London

ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course can be studied via evening classes at the prestigious Regent's University in London.  The nearest underground station is Baker Street, which is about a 5 minute walk.

Our evening classes are held one evening a week for 14 weeks from 6.30pm - 9.30pm.  ILSPA’s tutors are professionals in the legal field and have excellent experience of teaching law.  They aim to make your learning experience enjoyable through their passion for teaching and fun approach to the lessons.  Take a look at the 'About Us' section of our website to read their profiles.

The course involves tuition in class and additional study at home.  There is no use of computers in class and it is necessary for you to have a computer and printer at home to read the course material and complete the coursework. Everything covered in class is provided to you online, which will become a valuable learning aid throughout the course. You will be required to complete coursework at home outside of the 14 week class time. Once the classes have finished, Students are able to submit their coursework straight away or they can take longer if they need to.  We accept coursework submissions up to a year after enrolment.

Coursework and Assessment

Whether you study the course online or through evening classes, the coursework and qualification are the same.  There are no examinations for the Legal Secretaries Diploma course. You are assessed by way of multiple-choice achievement tests and practical assessments.

> Achievement Tests

You are required to complete a multiple-choice achievement test after each unit to show your understanding of law. Students must complete their tests online through our website and they are given their results immediately after submission.

> Practical Assessments

Units 3, 4, 5 & 6 include practical assessments which involve the production of legal forms and documents on your computer at home. Full instructions and examples are provided in the course material to enable you to complete the coursework. Through completing the assessments, you will show how well you are able to follow instructions and apply word processing skills to a variety of documents commonly found in legal practice.  You are required to create a portfolio of your assessments which must be sent to our Course Assessor when you have completed the course.  

Your portfolio will be marked and sent back to you within 21 days with your results.  If you have passed the course, you will be awarded ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma Certificate. Our pass rate is very high and 98% of Students who complete their coursework achieve the qualification.

Results are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction - depending on the standard of your coursework. If you fail any part of the course, you will have the opportunity to redo it.

Course Material and Resources

Whatever study method you choose, the course material is the same and available online through our website.

Our website and Legal Secretary Journal include some very useful resources which will help you to be motivated and inspired during your studies.

> Student Guidebook

Our Student Guidebook will provide you with information on how to study the Legal Secretaries Diploma Course and achieve the qualification.  It includes the full course syllabus, guidance on how to complete your coursework, our Course Assessor’s details, how to receive help and support, how to access Student resources, and a useful study guide.

> Online Course Material

The online course material includes your study notes, achievement tests and practical assessments.  To aid the completion of your coursework, we provide full instructions and examples. 

The course is complete in itself and you do not need to use any textbooks. Everything you need to pass the course can be found online through our website.

> Student Resources

Our Student resources are very useful. You can find detailed information about our tour of the Royal Courts of Justice and how to book a place on the tour.  Guidance on how to stay focused motivated during your studies will help you to complete the course successfully.  Reading about other Students' experiences will encourage you to gain the qualification and have faith that you too can have a rewarding career in law.  You can also find details on how to apply for a NUS card and receive discounts through many high street stores and restaurants.

We want you to feel supported during your studies and to always know there is help at hand.  There is a Help and Support page where you can find out how you can receive help with your coursework.

Course Fees and Enrolment

Legal Secretaries Diploma Course Fees 

Distance Learning:  £600 

Evening Classes:  £700 (usually £800)

Paying by instalments

We accept a 10% deposit with the balance of the course fee payable over 6 months, interest free.

Distance Learning Payment Plan:  £60 + 6 monthly instalments of £90. 

Evening Class Payment Plan:  £80 + 6 monthly instalments of £120. (Early bird discount: £70 + 6 monthly instalments of £105).  

How to Enrol

There are two simple options:

  • Enrol online and select to pay in full or by instalments via debit/credit card, or request an invoice if your employer is paying for you.
  • Telephone the Institute on 0207 1009210 to make a payment in full or by instalments via debit/credit card, or request an invoice if your employer is paying for you.

Once you have enrolled, we will send your course details to you by email within 24 hours and you will have access to the Student and Member area of our website, which includes the course material and Students resources.

Help and Support

We can provide you with all the help you need to pass the course.  If you have any queries regarding the course material or your coursework, you can telephone or email us.  

Whether you study through evening classes or by distance learning, you have access to full support from your Course Tutor, our Course Assessor or a member of the ILSPA team.

Student Terms and Conditions

You can view our Student Terms and Conditions here: