Course Summary

Course Name:

Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate

Certification Type:

Course Level:

N4, NQF5

Duration:

Your first theoretical study course of your NATED Legal Secretary qualification is the Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate course. The essentials of becoming a Legal Secretary will be taught in this course.


Course Information:

Course NameLegal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate
AccreditationThe Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
Examinations

Office Practice N4 Internal Exam
Office Practice N4 External Exam

Communication N4 Internal Exam
Communication N4 External Exam

Information Processing N4 Internal Exam
Information Processing N4 External Exam

Mercantile Law N4 Internal Exam
Mercantile Law N4 External Exam

Award TypeNational Certificate: N4 Legal Secretary
Award Issued ByThe Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
SAQA ID66883
NQF Level05
Course Duration6 to 12 months
Entry Requirement

Matric Certificate:

Amended Senior Certificate
OR
National Senior Certificate

Subjects For Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate

During your Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate course, you will cover the following four subjects:

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


What Will I Learn?

In this course, you will learn about the basics of Legal Secretary, in areas such as:

  • Legal Practice
  • Office Communication
  • Information Processing


Career Opportunities:

After completing the Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate course, you can work in a law firm as a:

  • Legal Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Filing Clerk


Salary Expectations

The following are the salary expectations for the various Legal Secretary jobs that you can apply for:


Role And Responsibilities

For each Legal Secretary career path, different jobs and tasks will be assigned. A general overview of the duties you can expect to have include:

  • Setting up appointments
  • Providing assistance to clients with everything they require
  • Planning travel arrangements
  • Managing the office and ensuring its seamless operation
  • Organising files and documents.

Each NATED Course Builds On The Next:

The Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate course is the first course you will be required to complete. This course requires a Matric Certificate for entry.

After completing your Legal Secretary N4 course, you will move on to the Legal Secretary N5 course. Only after obtaining your Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate, will you be able to register for the Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate.


What Are My Options After Receiving A Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate?

After receiving your Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate, you can register for the Legal Secretary N5 course, and study towards a Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate

Legal Secretary Journey Infograph

At this point, entry-level employment in Legal Secretary, such as Receptionist or Filing Clerk, will be available for you to study.

Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate Curriculum

The Legal Secretary N4 course has four subjects that you will cover throughout the year. Each subject will require you to submit two assessments, and write two examinations.


Assessments To Be Completed In Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate

Your Legal Secretary N4 course studies consists of the following assessments:

  • Office Practice N4 Assessment 1
  • Office Practice N4 Assessment 2
  • Communication N4 Assessment 1
  • Communication N4 Assessment 2
  • Information Processing N4 Assessment 1
  • Information Processing N4 Assessment 2
  • Mercantile Law N4 Assessment 1
  • Mercantile Law N4 Assessment 2


Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate Exams

The Legal Secretary N4 course has eight examinations that you will take during the course of the year. These examinations will consist of one internal and one external exam, for each subject studied.

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Bellview Institute of Distance Learning Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate Facebook Group

You can learn more about the Legal Secretary N4 course by joining our Legal Secretary Facebook Group. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about the NATED Legal Secretary courses to our staff, while also communicating with fellow students.

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How Do I Study For A Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate?

If you want to become a Legal Secretary, you will need a Matric Certificate. You will then use your Matric Certificate to apply for the Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate course.

While studying, you will be required to:

  • Complete all subject assessments
  • Write all subject examinations


When Can I Start Studying Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate?

If you have your Matric Certificate, you can study the Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate course at any time. The application process at Bellview can be accessed online.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Receptionist should have:

  • Technology skills
  • Multitasking capabilities
  • Organisation
  • Communication skills
  • Professionalism

You can pursue qualifications in Legal Secretary through studying the NATED Legal Secretary courses offered at Bellview.

Yes, you will need a National Senior Certificate or an Amended Senior Certificate to start your NATED Legal Secretary studies.

The Legal Secretary N4 course has a total of 60 credits.

The Legal Secretary N4 course is 6 to 12 months long.

The entry requirements for a Legal Secretary NATED N4 National Certificate course is a Matric Certificate.

Once you have completed your Legal Secretary N4 National Certificate course, you will be eligible to study towards the Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate course.

You can apply for entry-level positions in Legal Secretary, with an N4 Certificate. However, you will not be able to get a National Diploma.

To find out the current fees for the N4 Legal Secretary course, contact one of our course specialists.

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma is the highest Legal Secretary award. This award is on an NQF level 06.

An N4 Legal Secretary National Certificate is the first accredited course you will take, and is the first year of your studies towards a diploma qualification in Legal Secretary.

To become a Legal Secretary you will need to have a:

  • Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate
  • Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate
  • Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate
  • Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma

The Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate covers a total of four subjects.

A Legal Secretary earns about R17 000 per month in South Africa.

During your N4 Legal Secretary course, you will complete two assessments, and write two examinations, for each of your courses subjects.

Colleges where you can study towards a Legal Secretary qualification include:

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

Your NATED Legal Secretary studies will take about three years to complete, before you will be ready to work in law firms, or legal offices.

Upon completion of your Legal Secretary N4 National Certificate, you can either further your studies by applying for the N5 National Certificate or you can apply for entry-level jobs.

Yes, you can. You can apply for the Legal Secretary course as long as you have a Matric Certificate. Your Matric Pass level will not affect your admission.

Yes, as a Legal Secretary one of your duties will be to support the attorneys by attending court proceedings and providing whatever assistance is needed.

These are the skills you will need to be a Legal Secretary:

  • Writing skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Research skills
  • Technological Skills
  • Confidentiality

     

You will need a Matric Certificate, NSC or adult matric, to start your Legal Secretary programme.

Your Legal Secretary N4 course studies consists of the following assessments:

  • Office Practice N4 Assessment 1&2
  • Communication N4 Assessment 1&2
  • Information Processing N4 Assessment 1&2
  • Mercantile Law N4 Assessment 1&2

Yes, Legal Secretaries accompany the lawyers they work for to court.

A Legal Secretary earns R17 294 per month in South Africa.

The following subjects will be covered in this course:

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

Yes, however, they will need to further their studies to become a Lawyer. The experience they gained and the connections they made as a Legal Secretary will help them in their studies and career as a lawyer.

The Legal Secretary N4 exams are:

  • Office Practice N4 Internal exam
  • Office Practice N4 External exam
  • Communication N4 Internal exam
  • Communication N4 External exam
  • Information Processing Internal exam
  • Information Processing N4 External exam
  • Mercantile Law N4 Internal exam
  • Mercantile Law N4 External exam

A Legal Secretary’s job is to assist attorneys with a variety of tasks, such as preparing legal documents and gathering the information they need for a case.

A lawyers daily schedule is often packed with meetings and drafting legal documents. Therefore they need secretaries to help them:

  • Handle clients
  • Prepare accurate court documents
  • Maintain and update their diaries
  • Perform other crucial tasks

Yes, the Legal Secretary course is accredited by the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

The Legal Secretary N4 National Certificate course is an NQF level 5 qualification.

You will be able to pursue the following careers with the Legal Secretary N4 National Certificate:

  • Assistant Legal Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant Intern
  • Filing Clerk Intern

The Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate is issued by the Deparment of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and by the Quality Council For Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

You could either complete the Legal Secretary: NATED N5 and N6 National Certificate courses and the Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma course. You could also apply for an entry-level position.

No, you will not need any specific subjects to study this course. All you are going to need is a Matric Certificate – Amended Senior Certificate or a National Senior Certificate.

Author: Ashley Roskruge
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: May 30, 2022