Available Courses

Find out more on the Legal Secretary courses offered by Bellview Institute right here! 

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N4 Legal Secretary

N4 Legal Secretary Certificate

This is our starter certificate with entry requirements being a Matric Certificate.This course starts you off with introductory subjects in Office Practice and Mercantile Law.

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N5 Legal Secretary

N5 Legal Secretary Certificate

This course is the second course of 3 which will bring you one step closer to a National Diploma. You will revise subjects such as Communication while exploring new subjects like Legal Practise.

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N6 Legal Secretary

N6 Legal Secretary Certificate

The third and final course. Subjects include Information Processing and Advanced Mercantile Law.

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Legal Secretaries assist with the smooth running of a firm by playing a crucial role in supporting lawyers and paralegals with their day-to-day duties. Our Legal Secretary courses will teach you everything you need to know for your career in the law industry.

Benefits of Studying Legal Secretary

There are tons of benefits of completing a Legal Secretary course. Not only with you gain new skills and have a better chance of getting employed, but studying a Legal Secretary course will also ensure that you:

  • Become “law-firm ready”
  • Improve your personal development
  • Receive a competitive salary and incentives
  • Access to other career prospects 

Law-firm Ready 

A Legal Secretary course is perfect for anyone looking to gain some knowledge on the legal system and procedures. After obtaining your Diploma, you will be able to work in a law firm with some of the best lawyers. 

Personal Development

Legal Secretaries tend to have busy schedules with demanding deadlines. This will give you the opportunity to develop skills that are valuable to employers, such as your time management and organisational skills.

Competitive Salary and Incentives

Compared to assistant roles in other industries, the legal industry pays their administrative staff more than most. This is due to the strict standards and codes they work according to. Law firms also offer their employees great benefits to reward them for hard work. You can expect to see incentives such as events, lunches, bonuses, and more on regular occasions.

Career Prospects 

The legal industry is filled with opportunities for career development. Experience in a legal role will be beneficial if you decide to switch up your industry. People in the industry work according to strict standards and codes which are highly valued by potential employers. 

Our Legal Secretary Courses 

Behind every great lawyer is an even better legal secretary! You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of law firms. This course will allow you to do just that by teaching you how to draw up legal documents and perform daily administrative tasks.

N4 Legal Secretary

Do you know how to use information processing systems, or the laws that need to be applied in a business? This course will teach you exactly that. As well as, how to communicate and work with a team.

Certificate Type:

National Certificate: N4 Legal Secretary


12 months

Entry Requirements:

Matric Certificate or Equivalent


N5 Legal Secretary

The N5 Legal Secretary course will go into further detail of previously learnt subjects, and will teach you how to create legal documents and assist clients with their queries.

Certificate Type:

National Certificate: N5 Legal Secretary


12 months 

Entry Requirements:

National Certificate: N4 Legal Secretary


N6 Legal Secretary

Find out the importance of Mercantile Law, the legal system and how it should be practiced in a company. Once completed, you will be law-firm ready!

Certificate Type:

National Certificate: N6 Legal Secretary 


12 months 

Entry Requirements:

National Certificate: N5 Legal Secretary


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What Will I Learn?

During the three courses in the Legal Secretary programme, you will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge. As well as, have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice in the real world. 

Some of the things you can expect during the programme are:

  • Gain knowledge on legal procedures
  • Learn basic administrative duties, such as answering calls, filing, and managing diaries
  • Improve your communication and analytical skills
  • Understand different laws and how they are practiced with different scenarios
  • Become familiar with using information processing programmes
  • Learn how to draw up legal documents

Assignments and Examinations

During your 12 month course there will be a total of three open book assignments per subject which can be completed at home.

You will also write one final exam for each subject, which is set by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

The exam can be written during one of the two periods:

  • May / June 
  • October / November

Practical Work 

Along with each course, you are required to complete 6 months of practical work based experience to receive your certificate.

In order to receive your National Diploma, you would need to complete your N4-N6 Legal Secretary courses, along with a total of 18 months work experience.

The DHET has a free service to help our students to match up with companies offering Work Integrated Learning (WIL) to help you gain your practical experience.

Is It Accredited?

Yes, it is! The National Diploma qualifications are set and supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

The qualifications are accredited by the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and they are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Which ensures that the courses are credible and of high standard. 

Legal Secretary Job Opportunities 

Completing a Legal Secretary Certificate will help kick-start your career and ensure job security. There are many possible jobs you can explore, the most popular choices are:

  • Legal Secretary – Average monthly salary of R12 400 
  • Receptionist – Average monthly salary of R7 200
  • Administrative Assistant – Average monthly salary of R9 000
  • Filing Clerk –  Average monthly salary of R8 800
  • Typist –  Average monthly salary of R7 400
  • Management Assistant –  Average monthly salary of R8 400
  • Paralegal Average monthly salary of R23 400
  • Executive Secretary Average monthly salary of R23 600

Where To Study Legal Secretary In South Africa

There are tons of institutions all around South Africa that offer Legal Secretary Courses. 

Bellview Institute is a Distance Learning college in South Africa who offers the N4-N6 Legal Secretary programme. Our programme allows you to receive your National Diploma while preparing you for the real world with practical experience

Distance Learning is most ideal for working individuals looking to gain some extra skills and knowledge while still being able to work.

Become Law-firm Ready With Bellview!

Do you aspire to be the next great legal secretary? Register to our Legal Secretary Courses today!

What do you get?

  • The best Support 
  • Quality study materials
  • Quick turnaround and delivery times
  • Practical experience 
  • Valuable knowledge and skills 
  • Accredited qualification
  • Opportunity to work and study

And so much more benefits!

If you are not happy with your studies, we will give you a FULL REFUND within 30 days of your registration.

Get in touch with us using one of the following ways:

  • Give us a call on our toll-free number 0800 39 00 27
  • Fill out our contact form at the bottom of the page
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Last Updated: 10 May 2021