Available Legal Secretary Courses

The NATED Legal Secretary Diploma course is made up of a practical training component, as well as a three-part theory study program, designed to complete your NATED Legal Secretary qualification.

This course is to ensure that you are able to start a career in the legal world with the needed skills and knowledge required to succeed.

What Is Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate?

Course Summary

Course Name:
Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate
Certificate Type:
National N Certificate
Course Level:
NQF level 05, N4
Duration:
12 months

The Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate course is your first theory study course in your Legal Secretary qualification. In this course, you will learn the basic foundations of being a Legal Secretary.

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 ID66880
NQF Level05
Course Duration6 to 12 months
Entry Requirement

Matric Certificate:

Amended Senior Certificate
OR
National Senior Certificate

What Is Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate?

Course Summary

Course Name:
Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate
Certificate Type:
National N Certificate
Course Level:
NQF level 05, N5
Duration:
12 months

The Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate course is your second theory course in your NATED Legal Secretary qualification. This course will improve and develop the core skills and knowledge gained in your Legal Secretary N4 course.

Course Information:

Course NameLegal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate
AccreditationThe Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
Examinations

Office Practice N5 Internal Exam
Office Practice N5 External Exam

Communication N5 Internal Exam
Communication N5 External Exam

Information Processing N5 Internal Exam
Information Processing N5 External Exam

Legal Practice N5 Internal Exam
Legal Practice N5 External Exam

Award TypeNational Certificate: N5 Legal Secretary
Award Issued ByThe Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
SAQA ID66959
NQF Level05
Course Duration6 to 12 months
Entry Requirement

National Certificate: N4 Legal Secretary

What Is Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate?

Course Summary

Course Name:
Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate
Certificate Type:
National N Certificate
Course Level:
NQF level 05, N6
Duration:
12 months

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate course is your final theory study course in your NATED Legal Secretary qualification. In this course, you will finalise all you have learnt in your previous courses, and will be ready for the workforce.

Course Information:

Course NameLegal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate
AccreditationThe Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
Examinations

Office Practice N6 Internal Exam
Office Practice N6 External Exam

Legal Practice N6 Internal Exam
Legal Practice N6 External Exam

Information Processing N6 Internal Exam
Information Processing N6 External Exam

Mercantile Law N5 Internal Exam
Mercantile Law N5 External Exam

Award TypeNational Certificate: N6 Legal Secretary
Award Issued ByThe Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
SAQA ID66880
NQF Level05
Course Duration6 to 12 months
Entry Requirement

National Certificate: N5 Legal Secretary

What Is Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma?

Course Summary

Course Name:
Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma
Certificate Type:
National N Diploma
Course Level:
NQF level 06, N6
Duration:
18 months

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma course is a practical training course that is taken after you have completed all your theory studies, from levels N4 – N6. In this course, you will apply all the skills and knowledge you have learnt while studying, to the workforce.

Course Information:

Course NameLegal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma
AccreditationThe Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
Examinations

The Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma course does not require any exams to be written as it is a practical course. You will, however, be assigned tasks to complete, in compliance with the National N Diploma: Legal Secretary: Logbook.

Award TypeNational Diploma: N6 Legal Secretary
Award Issued ByThe Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
SAQA ID67035
NQF Level06
Course Duration18 months
Entry Requirement

National Certificate: N6 Legal Secretary

Subjects For NATED Legal Secretary Diploma Course

During the NATED Legal Secretary Diploma course, you will cover the following topics:


Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate Subjects

The Legal Secretary N4 National Certificate subjects are:

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


Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate Subjects

The Legal Secretary N5 National Certificate subjects are:

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


Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate Subjects

The Legal Secretary N6 National Certificate subjects are:

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


Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma Subjects

This course is a practical training course, so no theory will be learnt and no subjects will be covered. During this course, you will handle Legal Secretary tasks, and must complete your Legal Secretary Logbook.


What Will I Learn?

In your Legal Secretary Diploma course, you will learn about:

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


During your Legal Secretary National Diploma course, you will also learn about the various tasks in Legal Secretary, and will be required to handle them in accordance with a
National N Diploma: Legal Secretary: Logbook.


Career Opportunities:

You can pursue the following Legal Secretary jobs, once you have completed the Legal Secretary Diploma course:

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


Salary Expectations

The salary expectations for each Legal Secretary job is as follows:


Role And Responsibilities

Your tasks and responsibilities will vary based on the career path you choose and your experience. Typically, Legal Secretary jobs include:

  • Administer work at law firms or courts
  • Assist Legal professionals with various duties
  • Collect information needed for a case
  • Schedule meetings and appointments
  • Welcome visitors and assist with general administrative tasks.
  • Collect legal paperwork and assist with other legal responsibilities

Each NATED Course Builds On The Next:

A Matric Certificate is required to begin the Legal Secretary Diploma course. The Legal Secretary N4 course is the first of the Legal Secretary courses, while the Legal Secretary N6 course will be your last theory course.

After completing all your theoretical studies, and gaining a Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate, you will then be eligible to register for the Legal Secretary N6 National Diploma course.


What Are My Options After Receiving My Legal Secretary: NATED Certificates?

After receiving your Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate, you can:

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After receiving your Legal Secretary: NATED N5 National Certificate, you can:


After receiving your
Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate, you can:


After completing your
Legal Secretary National Diploma, you can

  • Apply for jobs as a Legal Secretary

NATED Legal Secretary Diploma Course Curriculum

The NATED Legal Secretary curriculum covers four study subjects at each course level. During which, you will have to complete two assessments and write two examinations, for every subject you take.


Assessments To Be Completed In The NATED Legal Secretary Diploma Course

You will have to complete the following assessment in your NATED Legal Secretary studies:

Legal Secretary: NATED N4 National Certificate assessments include:

  • 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 N5 National Certificate assessments include:

  • Office Practice N5 Assessment 1
  • Office Practice N5 Assessment 2
  • Communication N5 Assessment 1
  • Communication N5 Assessment 2
  • Information Processing N5 Assessment 1
  • Information Processing N5 Assessment 2
  • Legal Practice N5 Assessment 1
  • Legal Practice N5 Assessment 2


Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Certificate assessments include:

  • Office Practice N6 Assessment 1
  • Office Practice N6 Assessment 2
  • Legal Practice N6 Assessment 1
  • Legal Practice N6 Assessment 2
  • Information Processing N6 Assessment 1
  • Information Processing N6 Assessment 2
  • Mercantile Law N5 Assessment 1
  • Mercantile Law N5 Assessment 2


Legal Secretary: NATED N6 National Diploma assessments include:


If you are already employed, you can request that your manager or supervisor assign you
Legal Secrecy: Logbook tasks. Your manager must sign the Logbook when you have completed the duties.

If you are unemployed and looking to complete your practical training, you can sign up to be placed with a company through iWIL.

iWIL is a government-run platform that helps students get job-related training. While working for the organisation, you will still need to complete and submit the applicable Logbook, which details the duties you have completed.


NATED Legal Secretary Diploma Exams

There are two examinations to be written for each subject in your NATED Legal Secretary Diploma course. One will be an internal examination and the other an external examination.

Why Choose To Study With Bellview Institute of Distance Learning?

There are many benefits to studying through Bellview Institute of Distance Learning. These advantages ensure that you have everything you need to succeed in your studies. Learn about our benefits here.

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Bellview Institute of Distance Learning Legal Secretary Facebook Group

Join our Legal Secretary Facebook Group to discover more about our NATED Legal Secretary courses. You will also have the opportunity to speak with other students and our staff about any questions you may have about the NATED Legal Secretary course.

Bellview Institute of Distance Learning Application Process

Bellview’s application process has a variety of ways in which you can apply for courses. You can:


Call or WhatsApp: 065 656 9818
Landline Number: 021 838 8280


How Do I Study For A NATED Legal Secretary Diploma?

You will need a Matric Certificate to study the NATED Legal Secretary course. Using your Matric, you need to:


When Can I Start Studying The NATED Legal Secretary Diploma Course?

If you meet all the necessary entry requirements, you can start studying the NATED Legal Secretary Diploma Course at any time. Bellview’s application process is accessible at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Legal Secretary works as a secretarial assistant in law firms or other organisations. Their main responsibilities include assisting lawyers, scheduling client appointments, and organising legal papers.

Each Legal Secretary course is 12 months long, while the National Diploma course for Legal Secretary is 18 months long.

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

The Legal Secretary Diploma course has a total of 360 course credits.

A Legal Secretary should:

  • Be reliable
  • Be consistent
  • Be accurate
  • Be patient
  • Be efficient

Paralegals are higher than legal secretaries. Paralegals can perform more legal duties such as drawing up legal documents. While legal secretaries perform more administrative duties such as organising legal documents.

A legal secretary is responsible for the administrative duties in a legal environment and can undergo training within a law firm. A normal secretary is also responsible for the administrative task within an office but does not need to go for training in a law firm or legal department.

Legal Secretaries should have the following skills:

  • Administrative skills
  • Communication
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Technological skills
  • Organisation

If you have obtained your N6 National Diploma in Legal Secretary, you will only be able to work in a law firm as a legal secretary. However, to study law you will need to apply to study a Law degree.

Yes, a career as a Legal Secretary is great. Law firms are always looking for good, trustworthy, and knowledgeable legal secretaries.

To become a Legal Secretary, you can register for the NATED Legal Secretary course using your Matric Certificate.

The major types of secretaries include:

  • Private Secretary
  • Public Secretary
  • Company Secretary
  • Legal Secretary
  • Medical Secretary

No, being a Legal Secretary does not make you a Lawyer. Legal Secretaries work with lawyers, assisting them with many different tasks.

The colleges that offer Legal Secretary courses in South Africa include:

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

Legal Secretaries are responsible for performing all clerical tasks in a law office or law firm.

Yes, they do. Legal Secretaries are required to accompany lawyers to assist them with anything they need in court.

The theoretical courses are 6-12 months long and the practical courses are 18 months long. If you decide to study full-time it will take you 36 months to complete and if you decide to complete this course part-time it will take you 54 months to complete.

Author: Ashley Roskruge
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: May 26, 2022