Course Summary

Course Name:

Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma

Certification Type:

Course Level:

N6, NQF6

Duration:

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma course can be taken after you have completed all your theoretical N4 – N6 studies in Legal Secretary. This course requires you to use the knowledge you have gained in your course studies, to complete 18-months of practical training.


Course Information:

Course NameLegal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma
AccreditationThe Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
ExaminationsThere will be no written exams because this is a practical training course. During this course, you will be placed in the job environment. There, you will accomplish projects in accordance with your National N Diploma: Legal Secretary: Logbook.
Award Type National Diploma: N6 Legal Secretary
Award Issued By The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
SAQA ID67035
NQF Level06
Course Duration18 months
Entry RequirementNational Certificate: N6 Legal Secretary

Subjects For Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma

The subjects you will learn before taking the Legal Secretary National Diploma course will all be done during your Legal Secretary N4 – N6 theoretical course studies. The subjects to be covered include:

Legal Secretary N4 subjects:

  • Office Practice N4
  • Communication N4
  • Information Processing N4
  • Mercantile Law N4


Legal Secretary N5 subjects:

  • Office Practice N5
  • Communication N5
  • Information Processing N5
  • Legal Practice N5


Legal Secretary N6 subjects:

  • Office Practice N6
  • Legal Practice N6
  • Information Processing N6
  • Mercantile Law N5


During your
Legal Secretary National Diploma course, you will complete practical training at a law firm. There, you will be applying all the skills and knowledge you have learnt while studying.


What Will I Learn?

During your theoretical study courses, you learn about the skills needed for a Legal Secretary, such as:

  • Legal Practice
  • Communication
  • Processing Information
  • Office Practice
  • Mercantile Law


During your
Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma course, you will be putting all these skills to use, by completing your National N Diploma: Legal Secretary: Logbook tasks.


Career Opportunities:

After completing the Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma course, you can pursue a career as a Legal Secretary. You will also be able to pursue careers such as:

  • Legal Executive
  • Paralegal
  • Conveyancer


Salary Expectations

Your salary expectations will vary depending on the career path you choose to pursue as a Legal professional. The predicted salary outcomes for the various career paths in Legal Secretary are as follows.


Role And Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities a Legal Secretary is required to handles on a daily basis include:

  • Putting together legal paperwork
  • Keeping records in order
  • Conducting legal research for attorneys
  • Making and receiving phone calls
  • Attending court so that you can take notes

Each NATED Course Builds On The Next:

The NATED Legal Secretary National Diploma will be your final course before you are ready to start your fully fledged career as a Legal Secretary. To register for Legal Secretary National Diploma, you will need to have your Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate.

Without all three N4, N5 and N6 Legal Secretary National Certificates, you will not be eligible for the Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma.


What Are My Options After Receiving A Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma?

After receiving your Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma, you can finally pursue a career as a Legal Secretary. As a Legal Secretary, you can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Administration
  • Law Firm
  • Paralegal
  • Conveyancing
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Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma Curriculum

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma curriculum consists of:

  • Exit level outcomes
  • Associated assessment criteria
  • Range
  • Integrated assessment
  • International comparability


All tasks you complete will be evaluated using your
Legal Secretary: Logbook.

18-Month Practical Training

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma course is a practical training experience course. During this course, you will be placed in a working atmosphere and given practical tasks to perform. The nature of your tasks will all be logged in your Legal Secretary: Logbook, and must be signed by your supervisor.

These tasks will be handled and performed in a period of 18-months. Your 18-month training can be completed in the form of industry-related jobs or internship programs. Once the 18-months is over, you must submit your logbook in order to receive your Legal Secretary National Diploma.


Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma Logbook

The National N Diploma: Legal Secretary: Logbook will serve as the curriculum for your Legal Secretary National Diploma course. The Logbook will be used to document your work experience, and will serve as the proof you need to obtain your Legal Secretary National Diploma.

During your Legal Secretary National Diploma course, the tasks you can expect to be assigned, as per your National N Diploma: Legal Secretary: Logbook, include:

  • Prepare legal documents
  • Coordinate and support office services
  • Assist in collecting information for legal matters
  • Use computer application software/ technology in an office environment
  • Performing typing and word processing tasks in a business environment

Why Choose To Study With Bellview Institute of Distance Learning?

There are numerous advantages to studying with Bellview Institute. These benefits ensure that you have everything you need to excel academically. Learn more about our benefits here.

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How Do I Study For A Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma?

To begin your studies in NATED Legal Secretary, you are required to have a Matric Certificate. Then, in order to achieve your National Diploma, you will need to:


When Can I Start Studying For A Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma?

You can start your Legal Secretary Diploma course at any time, provided you have your Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate, and all other required documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Legal Secretary National Diploma course is made up of 180 course credits.

Yes, legal secretaries will be required to go to court to provide aid to lawyers in whatever form they are requested to.

If you are interested in getting a National Diploma, you can register to study all the NATED Legal Secretary courses at Bellview Institute, which will allow you to get the necessary qualifications for a National Diploma.

It will take you 54-months to complete the Legal Secretary National Diploma course. If you do not have your N Level National Certificates, you will be required to get them, which could take up to 36-months, followed by 18-months practical training.

No, you cannot become a Legal Secretary without having completed Matric and gaining a Matric Certificate. The minimum requirement to start the NATED Legal Secretary course is to have either a National Senior Certificate or an Amended Senior Certificate.

If you commit and grow as a Legal Secretary, you will soon realise that a qualified, professional, legal secretary is one of the most valuable assets a law firm can have. Pursuing your career with willingness, trust, and a meticulous eye for detail, will most definitely reward you. 

As a Legal Secretary, you will be tasked with the screening of potential clients and the preparation of much of the administrative paperwork for cases set for hearing, but you are not able to set any specific fees. Only Attorneys are legally able to do so.

There are many duties that a Legal Secretary can be tasked with. You will be required to attend meetings, and assist with the collection of legal and factual information. Beyond this and the everyday task of being a Legal Secretary, you will also communicate with opposing law firms and lawyers, as well as judicial, and administrative staff.

You can apply for admission to study your legal secretarial courses at several FET, TVET, and Private Colleges countrywide. You can study your Legal Secretary: NATED qualification at many institutions, such as:

  • Bellview Institute of Distance Learning
  • Skills Academy
  • Matric College

You can become a Legal Secretary with a NATED N6 National Diploma, so you do not need a degree to become a secretary.

Legal Secretaries need drive and initiative. They will have to stay on top of various tasks in the legal environment without constant supervision. It is also important that Legal Secretaries anticipate the needs of their employers and clients.

 Yes. All NATED courses have obtained accreditation through the Quality Council of Trades and Occupation (QCTO). All of their programmes and qualifications are credible and meet the set international educational standards.

Yes, all of the NATED courses and qualifications meet the international education standards – including Legal Secretary Courses.

You can follow these career paths with a Legal Secretary Diploma:

  • Legal Secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Office Manager
  • Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Legal Typist

Legal Secretaries work within the legal field, but they are not lawyers. They do, however, assist lawyers by preparing and filing legal documents, doing case research, and making interview notes.

Legal Secretaries usually tend to more clerical tasks such as typing. filing, and transcribing. Paralegals have more legal responsibilities such as writing legal drafts or providing legal correspondence on behalf of attorneys.

The NATED National Diploma is on an NQF level 06.

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate is the entry requirement for starting your National Diploma course.

NATED qualifications are accredited by the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) issues NATED awards.

Yes, the Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma has the following SAQA ID number: 67035.

The entry requirements to study a Legal Secretary NATED N6 National Diploma course is a Legal Secretary NATED N6 National Certificate.

To obtain your National Diploma in Legal Secretary, you need to complete the Legal Secretary NATED course from the N4 National Certificate course to the N6 National Diploma course, which is a practical training course. You will need a Matric Certificate to apply for the N4 National Certificate course.

A Legal Secretary Diploma course prepares students to work in a law firm, assisting lawyers with administrative work. After completing all your N4, N5 and N6 National Certificate studies, you will be able to obtain your NATED Diploma.

During your Legal Secretary National Diploma course, you will complete practical tasks for a period of 18-months, as stipulated by the Legal Secretary: Logbook.

You can contact one of our course specialists to discuss the costs of studying a Legal Secretary course.

After completing your Legal Secretary National Diploma course, you will have all the qualifications needed to pursue various careers in Legal Secretary.

The Legal Secretary National Diploma course will take place in the workforce. To complete this course, you have to be employed within a relevant Legal sector, such as a Law Firm or Legal Office.

Legal Secretaries assist legal professionals, such as lawyers, with various tasks. They are also responsible for the administrative work at legal offices and law firms.

It will take about 3 years to complete your Legal Secretary studies.

Yes, Legal Secretaries can work their way up in the legal profession, and go on to become Paralegals.

Legal secretaries have a varied work life, so it is less likely that you will lead a boring career life. Through your studies you will also learn how the legal system works in South Africa, and will become familiar with various laws. There is also a potential for high income in legal secretary.

Legal Secretaries earn about R17 000 per month, with a starting salary of about R6 000 – R13 000, depending on your experience.

The subjects that will be covered in the Legal Secretary courses include:

  • Office Practice
  • Information Processing
  • Legal Practice
  • Office Communication
  • Mercantile Law

No, you cannot. There is no correlation between National Diplomas and university entry.

A Legal Secretary earns R17 000, depending on your experience and the company you work for.

No, you will not. In this course you will be completing tasks that are in your Legal Secretary Logbook.

The The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma curriculum consists of:

  • Exit level outcomes
  • Associated assessment criteria
  • Range
  • Integrated assessment
  • International comparability

Author: Ashley Roskruge
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: May 31, 2022