Institute of PAs & Secretaries (IPAS)

Certified Legal Assistants Certificate (CLA1)

This distance learning Certified Legal Assistants (CLA) Certificate course is recognised by law firms and legal recruiters, and will provide you with the legal knowledge and practical skills you need to become a competent Legal Secretary or Legal Assistant. Our Legal Secretary course includes the most common legal areas found within law firms, which gives you excellent job prospects. Delivered exclusively online, learners of this course will benefit from:

• Fast track your career as a legal Secretary or legal Assistant
• Become a legal Secretary or legal Assistant professional in months not years!
• Gain a recognised qualification
• A relevant comprehensive, practical and application-based curriculum
• Self-paced study - study whenever, wherever are
• Free up valuable time, don’t waste time and money travelling to classes
• No assignment deadlines
• Online tutor support
• Online discussions and group support

Suitability - Who is it for?

The CLA course is designed for individuals who wish to acquire the refined skills required of a legal Secretary or legal Assistant.

This field of study could be a stepping stone for learners who are planning to work in the legal industry. Also, it is a useful qualification for those working in a law firm who require a certification for their practical experience.

Its available as a Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma level course.

Certificate Level:
Suitable for basic entry level positions this level represents a basic level of operational knowledge with general knowledge.

Diploma Level:
Suitable for those with personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organising others in the workplace.

Advanced Diploma:
Suitable for those expect to be involved in significant judgments, planning, and leadership/guidance functions related to workplace products, services, operations or procedures.


There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into any course level. Participants may enrol directly into the diploma or advanced diploma levels without completing lower ranked qualifications. Graduates can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

Accreditation and recognition

This CLA course is recognised and accredited by the Training Qualifications Certification Board (TQCB). Our courses are unique as they take a practical approach, they are written and tutored by industry professionals and will fast-track you into a new career of your choice.

On Completion

On successful completion of this course, delegates will receive:
• An internationally recognised and accredited e-certificate (PDF), which recognises successful completion of the course as a legal Secretary or legal Assistant.
• Transcripts indicating units completed

Career Prospects

This course is applicable to those working or intending to work in the legal industry, particularly as a Legal Secretary. There are a number of career options available to those intending to work in the above-mentioned area. Following are some of the career opportunities available:

• Legal Secretary
• Legal Executive
• Senior Secretary
• PA
  • Communication Concepts (clone)
  • Perception (clone)
  • Listening (clone)
  • Nonverbal Communication (clone)
  • Conflict Resolution (clone)
  • Emotional Intelligence (clone)
  • Effective Oral Presentations (clone)
  • Using Visual Aids (clone)
  • Gathering Information (clone)
  • Collecting primary data using questionnaires (clone)
  • Primary Research Information Interviews (clone)
  • Interviewing Skills (clone)
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever