Legal Secretaries Diploma Course

ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course is enjoyable, popular and very comprehensive. It 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 different areas of law and the practical tasks involved with Legal Secretary work, such as legal document production, completing legal forms and typing professional correspondence.

The course is suitable for those who have no previous experience in law as well as those who are familiar with law.  It has been designed and written by legal professionals and is widely recognised by law firms, legal departments and legal recruiters. ILSPA's philosophy is that Legal Secretaries and PAs should understand not only how to perform certain tasks but also the reason for those tasks and the principles of law behind them. This gives you excellent job prospects and the opportunity for career advancement.

When you study through ILSPA, you gain much more than a Diploma. We aim to make you excited about your career through the interesting content of our course material and the passion with which it is delivered. We not only help you with your studies so that you achieve your Diploma, we provide you with advice, support and resources so that you have a rewarding career.  CV help and guidance to secure employment is available to those seeking work. 

Our 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. Students receive FREE Membership 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!

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Distance Learning

Location: Online
Start Date: Any time of year
Times: Flexible
Duration: Up to 1 year (average time within 6 months)
Payment: In full or by instalments by debit/credit card. Call 0207 1009210 or enrol online.
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Evening Classes - London

Location: Regent's University, London
Start Date: 25 January 2017
Times: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration: Every Wednesday for 14 weeks
Payment: In full or by instalments by debit/credit card. Call 0207 1009210 or enrol online.

Course Content

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.

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 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.

ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma is suitable for:

  • People with no previous experience in law
  • Experienced Legal Secretaries who want to have formal training
  • Law Graduates who want to gain practical skills 

Learners are required to have administrative or secretarial skills with a good typing speed, computer literacy, a knowledge of word processing programs and a good standard of spoken and written English. If you would like to improve your typing or Microsoft Office skills, take a look at the additional courses we offer in this training section.

Study Methods

Distance Learning

Distance Learning is a very popular form of study.  We have Students studying the course throughout the UK and overseas.  You can study ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course from home at your own pace and start at any time of year.  

The course material is available online through our website.  Your coursework must be completed at home and sent to us to be marked.  It is necessary for you to have a computer and printer at home to study the course.

You will 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.

Evening Classes

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 face-to-face tuition 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.

Study Time

As a guideline, ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course is usually completed by distance learning Students within 6 months. We recognise, however, that Students learn at different rates, and you may take up to 1 year.  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.  

Our evening classes are held one evening a week for 14 weeks from 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Students are 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 by class attendance or distance learning, the coursework and certificate 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.


> 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.

> Achievement Tests

You are required to complete an achievement test after each unit to show your understanding of law. There are 20 multiple-choice questions in each test. Students must complete their tests online through our website.

Course Material and Resources

Whatever study method you choose, the course material is the same.  After enrolment you will be sent your login details for our website, where you will be able to access the online course material.

You will need a computer and printer to study the Legal Secretaries Diploma course.  The course is not designed to be studied on a phone or tablet as our assessments involve the production of legal documents, forms and letters.

Our website and our online Legal Secretary Journal includes 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.

> Royal Courts of Justice Tour

Once a month, Students have the opportunity to attend a tour of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, commonly known as the ‘Law Courts’. The building houses the Court of Appeal and the High Court. 

If you study the Legal Secretaries Diploma course, you will learn the Court of Appeal has two divisions - the Civil division, which hears appeals from the High Court, and the Criminal division, which hears appeals from the Crown Court. The High Court has three divisions - the Queen’s Bench division, the Chancery division and the Family division - and accommodates the Administrative Court. 

Our tour offers a great chance to see how the courts operate and learn some historical facts. Students are able to hear some cases and do some group assignments to further their learning.  We receive great feedback from those who have attended the tour.

Course Fees and Enrolment

Legal Secretaries Diploma Course Fees 

Distance Learning:  £600 

Evening Classes:  £800 

Payment Plan Option

Payment plans are available subject to a credit check.  We accept a 10% deposit with the balance of the course fee payable over 6 months. No interest is charged.

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

Evening Class Payment Plan:  £80 + 6 monthly instalments of £120 

If you are interested in acquiring typing or Microsoft Office skills they are extra. Please take a look at our other training pages for details.  You can enrol on a combination of our courses and pay by instalments.  Please call us for further information on 0207 1009210 or enrol online.

How to Enrol

There are 2 options:

  • Enrol online and make a payment in full or by instalments via debit/credit card
  • Telephone the Institute to make a payment via debit/credit card in full or by instalments 
  • You can request an invoice online or over the telephone if your employer is paying the fees

Once you have enrolled, we will send your course details to you by email and you will have access to the Membership area of our website, which includes the course material.  

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.

Terms and Conditions

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