Skip to main content

The Legal Secretary Profession: Updates from ILSPA

Written by: Megan James ILSPA | Evie Courtier
Published on: 23 Jan 2023

ILSPA new courses

With the coming of the new year, TotallyLegal, the UK’s leading job site for Legal Professionals, bring you the latest updates from our partner, Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs, including updates to their courses and syllabus.

ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma Course:

There are some changes to ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course. Students who enrol for their live online classes will benefit from a new syllabus and have the option to choose which legal subjects they would like to study. Students can also submit all their coursework online through a new learning management system.

Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs is offering live online classes throughout 2023 which will take place one evening a week, for twelve weeks, via Zoom. Students will be taught about law and legal procedures, have the opportunity to interact with their tutor and learn with a group. The classes follow a set syllabus, which includes a new Key Legal Secretary Skills unit. Students will now be able to learn about important aspects of Legal Secretary work such as workload management, effective communication, teamwork and how to be organised. This unit complements the legal content of the course and helps students excel in their roles.

Online Distance Learning Course:

The online distance learning course also has some exciting changes. Students who choose to study via this method will have three mandatory core units, including the new Key Legal Secretary Skills unit. They are then free to choose three legal units. There are seven legal units to choose from, two of which are new to the Legal Secretaries Diploma syllabus. Students now have the option to study Criminal Law and Corporate and Commercial law.

Online Study Experience:

As well as the changes to the content of the course, ILSPA has also updated and improved its online study experience for students. They can now upload and submit their assessments online through a new learning management system. Not only does this open up learning for more people throughout the UK, but it also makes the course more accessible for those overseas.

Why Get Involved?

ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course is widely recognised by law firms and legal recruiters. It provides students with the legal knowledge and practical skills they need to become competent Legal Secretaries. Once gaining the qualification, they will receive a valuable Legal Secretaries Diploma certificate. ILSPA is the professional body for Legal Secretaries and PAs and it is recommended by the National Careers Service, as well as other career-related organisations.

Whether you are a beginner and want to become a Legal Secretary, or you are an experienced Legal Secretary who wants to gain a formal qualification, ILSPA’s Legal Secretary course is suitable for you. It has a wide range of students of all ages, many nationalities and varying levels of experience.

As the professional body for Legal Secretaries and PAs, one of ILSPA’s aims is to provide students with affordable training. To make the payment of course fees easier, payment plans are available. Students also receive FREE Membership of the Institute for one year and are able to apply for a TOTUM student discount card.

If you would like to find out more information about ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course take a look at its website.

Why Join the Legal PA or Legal Secretary Profession?

Legal PA jobs and Legal Secretary roles continue to flourish on TotallyLegal, with findings from our latest audience insight survey revealing that 63% of Legal Secretaries received a pay boost in the past year, alongside 52% of Legal PAs.

Each year, our sister site SecsintheCity, continues to champion the Legal PA profession, through their annual PA of the Year Awards, recognising the roles of business support professionals, including a Legal PA of the year. Advocating the profession, the awards offer the ultimate recognition of hard work and achievements as a business support professional.

Interested in applying for a Legal PA or Legal Secretary job role? Have a read of our Legal PA job description/Legal Secretary job description for more information.



To learn more about the Legal PA of the year, discover our PA of the Year page.

To contribute to the 2023 TotallyLegal Audience Insight Report, please complete our salary survey questionnaire here.