Do you like doing admin but wish it could be more exciting? Have you ever wanted to study law but it’s too expensive? There is a way to combine doing admin with the fast-paced world of law. Many people become a legal secretary so that they can earn money to study a law degree.
Our Legal Secretary Courses
The N4 Legal Secretary course is the start of your journey. This course is fully accredited and will form the foundation of your qualification and will teach you the basic skills you need.
The N5 Legal Secretary course builds on everything you learned in the N4 Legal Secretary course. This fully accredited course is the second part of your journey and will teach you key skills such as Information Processing and Legal Practice.
The N6 Legal Secretary course is the final part of your studies. The course, combined with 18 months of practical experience, will give you a fully accredited National Diploma.
What Exactly Does a Legal Secretary do?
A Legal Secretary works in a law office and helps lawyers and other staff by doing things like:
- answering the phones
- talking to clients
- talking to other legal staff
- scheduling the daily meetings and making all the appointments
- ordering anything needed in the office
- controlling and doing the filing
- doing legal research when needed
- writing and proofreading all legal documents.
Legal secretaries are very important in a law firm. They help to keep everything running perfectly.
Why is Legal Secretary Training Important?
Legal Secretaries do all the same things that other secretaries do but they have to learn some special skills and information to work in a law office. For example, they need to learn legal terms that are used a lot, how to write legal documents and how to look up legal information for lawyers.
Ok, so What Exactly do I Learn in a Legal Secretary Training course?
There are a lot of different things to learn. A lot of what you will learn is office admin work, the day-to-day things that keep an office working properly. There are also a lot of other things like:
- an introduction to law
- how to write legal documents
- normal law practices
- increasing your typing speed
- audio typing (typing while listening to what you have to type)
- and legal terms and words.
What are the Benefits of Studying Legal Secretary Training and What Kind of Jobs Could I be Looking at?
One advantage is that if you study to be a Legal Secretary you could work in a law office to gain experience and earn money while you study to become a lawyer.
At the time of writing this, according to PayScale, on average the yearly salary for a Legal Secretary is about R126 000.
Some Legal Secretaries focus on specific parts of the law, like contract law, as they gain more experience which can help them earn more money eventually.
I’m too Busy to go to Classes. Can I Study Legal Secretary Training Through Distance Learning?
There are many places that teach Legal Secretary skills through distance learning. Unisa has several modules related to Legal Secretaries but no full courses. Home Study Group has several courses that will help you to become a qualified Legal Secretary.
What Kinds of Courses are Available?
There are many full-time and part-time courses as well as many online and short courses. Different companies have different courses with different requirements so contact them and ask for more information.
Where can I go to Study?
There are companies all over South Africa like Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town that you can use. There are accredited and non-accredited courses that you can do. With distance learning, you will be able to study no matter where in South Africa you are. Some courses are short courses but there are year-long courses for recognised diplomas that you can also do using distance learning.
You Talk About Accredited and non-Accredited Programmes. What’s the Difference and is one Better Than the Other one?
An accredited programme is one that gives you a recognised qualification. A non-accredited one does not. That doesn’t mean one is better than the other. An accredited programme might give you a little bit better chance to find a job or get paid more, but a non-accredited one is not without value. Non-accredited courses might not give you a recognised qualification but they still show employers that you are serious about your own development. They are also cheaper to do than accredited courses, and they normally don’t require you to have a matric certificate. It is up to you to decide if you want to do an accredited or non-accredited course but both of them are a step in the right direction.
Would you Like to Start Studying a Legal Secretary Course?
Here’s how you can start studying with us today.
- Fill in the form on the top-right side of this page and we will get back to you shortly.
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Last updated: November 16, 2018