Legal secretarial courses FAQs

Our Customer Service Team and Academic Team field all kinds of questions from current and prospective students. This page covers the most frequent questions we receive in relation to our legal secretarial courses and qualifications.

If you have a question that is not answered here do get in touch via email at or give us a call on 01234 844 300.

CILEx Law School has been successfully delivering a range of legal secretarial courses for over 20 years. We offer courses for paralegals and legal secretaries aimed at developing and refining existing skills while providing you with a recognised qualification. They can also be used by people who want to kick-start a career in the legal sector and have no relevant experience.

Paralegal courses – these courses will provide you with essential background knowledge in legal study, enabling you to carry out specific practical tasks and assist in the progression of legal files under supervision:

Legal secretarial courses – we offer a range of courses to fit your aspirations and background, whether you have any experience or not:

You will have 12 months to complete the following courses:

You will have 15 months to complete the following courses:

If you have no legal secretarial experience, you will need to start at Level 2.

You will learn skills at Level 2 that will not be repeated at Level 3: at Level 3 you would be expected to have mastered these, so they will not be covered in the materials or assignments.

If you are currently a legal secretary or have recent legal secretarial experience, we would recommend starting directly at Level 3.

If you think you will not be able to complete within your course’s timeframe, you can apply for an extension. You can also reinstate on the course at a reduced price if it has lapsed.

When you enrol with CILEx Law School, your course manuals are provided to you as part of your course. You do not need to purchase them separately.

We offer our students a number of resources, so you should never feel like you’re studying alone! They include:

  • A course manual for each unit
  • A dedicated email address at CLS for legal secretarial students
  • Access to a Student Area where you will find further course materials, such as past papers
  • Being able to contact our expert Academic and Customer Service Teams. Some of our Customer Service Team members have taken legal secretarial courses, so they have first hand experience.

No, membership with CILEx is not a requirement with these courses.

You will receive your Award, Certificate or Diploma from CILEx.

If you are new to distance learning and are worried about studying alone, don’t worry! CILEx Law School courses are by supported distance learning and we are here to help you every step of the way: you can get in touch with the Customer Service Team, who can answer all your questions, either by calling us or by sending us an email. A number of our customer service team members have taken legal secretarial courses so they know what it’s like!

Our tutors in the Academic Team at CILEx Law School can answer any specific questions that you may have. You can either give us a call or get in touch via a dedicated email address at CILEx Law School for legal secretarial students.

The only exam which is on a set date and time is the proofreading exam for the Level 2 and Level 3 Legal Secretarial courses.

The exam sessions are four times a year in February, May, July and November and they are on a set date at 10.00 am. Everyone around the country sits the exam for this one at the same time. The Level 2 proofreading is 45 minutes long and the Level 3 proofreading is 60 minutes long. This exam is a supervised one and you will need to have an assigned Manager/Supervisor sitting with you.

The date for the exams will be on your student area on the assignment request form.