Legal Secretary Course FAQs

Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions.  If you have a query which is not covered here, feel free to contact us: 

Telephone: 0207 1009210 

Email: info@institutelegalsecretaries.com.

We are happy to answer any queries you have about the Institute, our courses, Membership and securing employment.

Are there any age restrictions to do ILSPA's courses?

There are no age restrictions for our courses and we have a wide range of Students.  Our youngest Students are 17 years old and our oldest are in their 60s.

Are there any examinations for the course?

No, the Legal Secretaries Diploma course is assessed by way of coursework.  This involves the production of legal forms, documents and correspondance and will help you to become familiar with the work of a Legal Secretary.  Full instructions on how to complete your coursework are provided in the course material together with examples.

Can I do the Legal Secretaries Diploma course if my typing skills are not very good?

Yes you are welcome to enrol for the course but it is also advisable to enrol for a typing skills course at the same time. A good typing speed is essential to gain employment as a Legal Secretary.  We recommend at least 50 wpm.

Can I enrol for the Legal Secretaries Diploma course without any legal experience?

Absolutely!  We have a wide range of Students with varying levels of experience.  The course is designed for those who have no previous experience in law and will provide you with the legal knowledge and practical legal skills you need to work as a Legal Secretary.

The course is also suitable for those who have an existing knowledge of law and want to gain a professional qualification.

Can I get help with the course if I study by distance learning?

Absolutely! We provide full support to distance learning Students who can contact us via email or telephone.  We are happy to help you with any queries regarding the study material or coursework.

Can I study the course if English is not my first language?

Yes, provided that your spoken and written English is of a good standard. 

Can I study the Legal Secretaries Diploma course if I don't live in the UK?

Yes, we have Students studying by distance learning all over the world.

Please note that our course covers English law, and there will be differences between our legal system and the legal systems in other countries.  However, people who live in countries that follow the common law system will find the course beneficial.  

Do I need any qualifications to study the Legal Secretaries Diploma course?

There are no specific qualifications that you need to have in order to study our course.

We require that Students have a good standard of spoken and written English, are computer literate, have a good typing speed of at least 50 wpm and a knowledge of word processing programs such as Word.  

Do I need to buy any books or equipment for the Legal Secretaries Diploma course?

You will find everything you need to do the course online.  We provide all the study material and coursework.

You simply need to have a computer and printer at home to complete the coursework.  

Do you hold evening classes outside of London?

We only hold evening classes in Regents Park, London. The majority of our Students study the course from home by distance learning because they live throughout the country and overseas.

The distance learning course is very beneficial.  You can start at any time of year and study at your own pace from home.  Full help and support is given via email or telephone.

How can I pay for the course fees if I am on a low income?

We offer Students the chance to pay their course fees by affordable monthly instalments.  There is no interest charged.

How many Students attend the evening classes?

We usually have a class of around 25 Students.

How many UCAS points is the course worth?

The Legal Secretaries Diploma course is a vocational qualification designed to help people secure employment in the legal field. As such, our qualification does not equate to UCAS points for those wanting to study at University.

We are, however, able to provide references to Universities and our qualification has helped many Students to gain acceptance.

Is the Legal Secretaries Diploma a recognised qualification?

Yes, our Legal Secretaries Diploma course is well recognised by law firms and legal recruiters throughout the country.  Many law firms enrol their Secretaries on our courses to further their legal knowledge and skills.

Our training is recommended by the National Careers Service and we appear on prominent legal jobs boards such as Simply Law Jobs.

Is the Legal Secretaries Diploma course suitable for Law Graduates?

We have many law graduates studying our course to gain the practical legal skills they need in order to work in law firms, which are not covered in a law degree.  The course will help you to get your foot in the door and provides a solid foundation for career advancement.

Is the qualification different if I study by distance learning?

You receive the same qualification whether you study by distance learning or through evening classes. The certificate you receive having completed the course will make no distinction as to how you studied.  Both study methods hold equal worth.

What level is the Legal Secretaries Diploma?

The Legal Secretaries Diploma course is very comprehensive and equivalent to a level 3 qualification.  

What salary can I expect as a Legal Secretary?

The salaries for Legal Secretaries can vary dramatically depending on the responsibilities of the position, the area of the country that the employment is based in and the type of company you work for.

Salaries in London can start at around £20,000 a year with up to £40,000 a year being paid to experienced Legal Secretaries.  The more experience gained, the higher salary you can achieve.  There is excellent opportunity for career advancement as a Legal Secretary.

You can get an idea of salaries in your area by looking at our Legal Secretary Jobs board.

When I pass the course, will I be able to work as a Legal Secretary?

Yes, provided that you have administration skills, computer literacy, a good standard of spoken and written English, good organisational and communication skills.

When you have completed the course, the Legal Secretaries Diploma qualification will show recruiters that you have the legal knowledge and skills necessary for a Legal Secretary role.

We can provide you with guidance to secure employment and CV help.  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 Career Guidance Manual will provide you with specialist advice and information on preparing yourself for your job search, where to look for vacancies and interview techniques.

Which course is suitable if I want to become a Legal PA?

ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course is the most suitable course for you to study.  Legal Secretaries and Legal PAs essentially have the same legal knowledge and skills.  

The difference between the roles is that PAs usually work for one person and have to be exceptionally organised, dealing with diary management and meetings.  Those skills need to be acquired separately from the course as we focus on the legal side of the role.