Legal Secretary Courses

Being a Legal Secretary can help you to become a lawyer or if you enjoy admin but want to work in a more interesting or exciting environment then this is the career for you. There are many different Legal Secretary Courses you can study. The National N Diploma: Legal Secretary is a very good place to start.

We Offer the Following Accredited Legal Secretary Courses:

Legal Secretary N4

In this course, you will get the training you need to be the face of a law office. You’ll learn about subjects like Mercantile Law and Communication. This course will serve as your foundation.

Legal Secretary N5

The N5 Legal Secretary course explores everything you have learned in the N4 Legal Secretary in much greater detail. This is your second step to achieving a National Diploma qualification.

Legal Secretary N6

This course covers everything you need to know in this field. Doing this course means that you are on the verge of entering the exciting and dynamic world of working in a law firm.

What do Legal Secretaries do?

A Legal Secretary helps lawyers by doing things like:

  • answering telephones
  • dealing with clients
  • Setting up daily meetings and making appointments
  • ordering the things that are used in the office
  • doing the filing
  • helping with legal research when needed
  • writing legal documents
  • proofreading legal documents.

Legal secretaries are important in any law firm.


Why is Legal Secretary Training Important?

Apart from doing everything a normal secretary would do, Legal Secretaries need to have special skills and knowledge to work in a law firm. Legal Secretaries learn:

  • frequently used legal terms
  • how to write legal documents
  • how to look up legal information for lawyers.

Ok, so What Exactly do I Learn in a Legal Secretary Course?

Most of what you will learn in this course  is office admin work. This is the normal everyday things that keep an office running properly. There are also other subjects such as:

  • an introduction to law
  • common law practices
  • increasing your typing speed
  • audio typing (typing while listening to what you have to type)
  • and legal terms and words.

You will also be expected to do 18 months of practical work experience in a real workplace.

What are the Benefits of Studying Legal Secretary Coruses and What Kind of Jobs Could I be Looking at?

If you study to be a Legal Secretary you could get experience and earn money by working in a law firm while you study.

According to PayScale, the average annual salary for a Legal Secretary is about R128 000. This number was correct at the time of writing

You could even specialise in different areas of law such as contract writing. There are plenty of career options that you can go into. One of the many options is to become a Paralegal.

Is it Possible to Study to be a Legal Secretary Through Distance Learning?

There are a lot of companies that teach Legal Secretary courses. Skills Academy has courses that will help you to get your National Diploma. There are lots of other companies that also offer short courses and longer courses to help you. There are many places where you can study. This article will tell you more about studying Legal Secretary courses through distance learning.

Where can I go to Study?

There are places all across the country where you can study both accredited and non-accredited courses. The best thing about distance learning is that you can do it from anywhere in the country. The amount of fees you will pay for a course depends on where you decide to study.

What is the Difference Between an Accredited Course and a Non-accredited Course?

To put it simply: An accredited course gives you a recognised qualification while a non-accredited doesn’t. This doesn’t make one better, however. A non-accredited course will show your employers that you are serious and it shows that you have the skills. Non-accredited courses are also cheaper and you usually don’t need a matric certificate to register for them. Either one is a good choice. You just need to decide for yourself which one you want to do.



Last Updated: August 16, 2019

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