ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma - Online

Our Legal Secretaries Diploma course can be studied online by distance learning. We have Students studying throughout the UK and overseas. Whether you have no previous experience in law and want to enter the profession or you are an experienced Legal Secretary who wants to gain a formal qualification, our course is suitable for you. Please take a look at our evening classes in London if you would prefer to attend a taught course.  

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, all from the comfort of your own home. 

You can start at any time of year and study at your own pace, providing you with great flexibility. As a guideline, the course is usually completed within 6 months, however you can take up to one year if you need to. The more time you dedicate to your studies, the sooner you will complete the course.

All the course material and resources you need are available online through our website. When you enrol, you will be able to log in and access everything straight away. Even though you will be studying from home, you will have dedicated help and support during the course. If you have any questions about the course material or coursework, you can contact your Course Assessor or telephone us to speak to a member of our team. 

As the professional body for Legal Secretaries and PAs, one of our aims is to provide affordable training to Students. ILSPA's Legal Secretary course is one of the most comprehensive and best value courses on the market. To make the payment of course fees easier, we can set up a payment plan for you. 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!

Start Date: Any time of year
Times: Flexible
Duration: Flexible - up to one year depending on how much time you have to dedicate to your studies
Course Fee: £600
Payment Plan: 10% deposit of £60 and 6 monthly instalments of £90, interest free
Start Date: Any time of year
Times: Flexible
Duration: Flexible - up to one year depending on how much time you have to dedicate to your studies
Course Fee: £600
Payment Plan: 10% deposit of £60 and 6 monthly instalments of £90, interest free

Course Content

ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course is equivalent to a level 3 qualification. It will teach you about the day to day tasks of a Legal Secretary, various areas of law, the legal profession and how the court system operates. It also covers legal terminology, legal document production, how to complete legal forms, how to type professional correspondence, and will help to advance your word processing skills. Our 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.

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:  As a distance learning Student, we are able to provide you with guidance so that you have the best chance of securing employment.  We can help you with your CV so that you present a document which is attractive and effective in your job search. We can also provide you with information on preparing yourself for your job search, where to look for vacancies, applying for jobs and interview techniques. This is available to you via email or telephone.

Download ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma Course Syllabus to view the full course content.

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.

Coursework and Assessment

There are no examinations for the Legal Secretaries Diploma course. You are assessed by way of multiple-choice achievement tests and practical assessments.

You are required to complete a multiple-choice achievement test after each unit to show your understanding of law. This is done online through the Student area of our website.

Units 3, 4, 5 & 6 include practical assessments which involve the production of a variety of legal forms and documents commonly found in legal practice. This will be done 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 advance your word processing skills and show how well you are able to follow instructions. You are required to print your coursework and 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 95% 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

The Student area of our website includes everything you need for the course. Once enrolled, you will be able to access the course material, achievement tests, practical assessments and Student resources. ILSPA's course is complete in itself and you do not need to purchase any textbooks.

Our Student resources are very useful. Guidance on how to stay focused and 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 find detailed information about our tour of the Royal Courts of Justice and how to book a place on the tour.  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.  Within our Student and Member area you can find out exactly how you can receive help with your coursework.

Course Fees and Enrolment

Distance Learning Course Fees 


If you would like to pay by instalments we can set up an interest free payment plan for you. We accept a 10% deposit with the balance of the course fee payable over 6 months.

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

How to Enrol

  • 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 working hours.

Student Terms and Conditions

You can view our Student Terms and Conditions here: