What Is NATED Legal Secretary?

NATED Legal Secretary courses are designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training to equip you with skills and knowledge that prepare you for work.

NATED Legal Secretary courses are designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). They designed these courses to reduce the youth unemployment status in South Africa. NATED Legal Secretary courses equip you with theoretical and practical knowledge. This is done to prepare you for the working environment. At Matric College, we offer the following NATED Legal Secretary courses in partnership with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning: 

Which Subjects Are Required For Legal Secretary?

You do not need to have any specific subjects to study the NATED Legal Secretary courses at Matric College. Our courses will equip you with the foundational knowledge you need to be able to understand the NATED Legal Secretary courses. You are only required to have a Matric Certificate (Amended Senior Certificate or National Senior Certificate) to apply. This can be in any Matric pass level: 

Can I Study Legal Secretary Without Matric?

No, you cannot study the NATED Legal Secretary course without a Matric Certificate. However, you can study the following course to obtain a Matric Certificate

This course will award you with a Matric Certificate once you have completed it. You can use the Matric Certificate to apply for our NATED Legal Secretary courses.

Adult Matric Requirements

  • You must have at least a Grade 9 or Grade 9 Equivalent Qualification, 
    • i.e.: Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Level 4
  • You have an incomplete Matric 
  • You must be able to read, write and understand English or Afrikaans 
  • You must be 21 years or older to write the exams 
  • You may sign up for the Adult Matric at the age of 19 years old, but you will only be able to write the Adult Matric exam once you are over 21

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

  • You will study from home where it is comfortable 
  • You are able to set your own study schedule 
  • You can study with us while you are a full-time employee 
  • There are tutors available weekly from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm to assist you with your assessments 
  • We have course experts available to give you detailed information on your chosen course 
  • We have Red Alert forms that you can fill out quickly to receive urgent assistance from our support team
  • You will gain accredited qualifications

How Long Is A Legal Secretary Course?

The NATED Legal Secretary course takes 18 to 36 months to complete.

COURSE NAME ASSESSMENT CRITERIADURATION
Legal Secretary NATED N4 National Certificate

Theoretical knowledge 

(Three (3) open book assignments and one (1) final examination)

6 to 12 months
Legal Secretary NATED N5 National Certificate

Theoretical knowledge 

(Three (3) open book assignments and one (1) final examination)

6 to 12 months
Legal Secretary NATED N6 National Certificate

Theoretical knowledge 

(Three (3) open book assignments and one (1) final examination)

6 to 12 months
Legal Secretary NATED N6 National Diploma

Practical knowledge 

(18 months of Work experience)

18 months

How Does NATED Work?

The NATED Legal Secretary courses work in this way:

NATED courses are offered at Matric College through a partnership with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.

The NATED Legal Secretary course is made up of practical and theoretical knowledge components. There are three Certificates courses that focus on the theory and one Diploma course that focuses on practicals. These are the three Certificate courses: 

How NATED Courses Work

There are three (3) open book assignments and one (1) final examination for each subject for each Certificate course. You must earn 50% or higher marks to pass the assignments, and 50% or higher to pass the exams. Once you have completed the Three NATED Legal Secretary Certificate courses, you can move to the last which is the NATED Legal Secretary N6 National Diploma. 

The NATED Legal Secretary N6 National Diploma is not a course. This is a qualification that you receive if you complete 18 months of work experience. There are no assessments for this qualification. You can complete the work experience in the following way: 

  • Register on the iWIL website 
    • The iWIL website is designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training 
    • The purpose of the website is to help students find volunteer work where they can gain experience
  • Once you have registered, you will receive a job in a company at which you will complete your work experience 
  • We will send you a logbook that you must complete throughout your work experience
    • You do not have to apply for a logbook, we automatically send you one 
  • The manager of the business overseeing your work experience must sign off the logbook 
  • Send the logbook back to us, and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for approval 

Once the DHET has approved your logbook, they will send you your Legal Secretary NATED N6 National Diploma

What Should I Do After Legal Secretary?

Once you have completed the NATED Legal Secretary course, you can look for employment. You will have higher chances of finding employment because of the following: 

You will be able to find work as a: 

  • Legal Secretary 
  • Receptionist 
  • Administrative Assistant 
  • Filing Clerk 
  • Company Secretary 
  • Junior Conveyancing Secretary 
  • Loan Consultant

What Does A Legal Secretary Do In South Africa?

These are the duties of a Legal Secretary in South Africa: 

  • Preparing legal documents for Lawyers 
  • Gathering case information such as medical reports 
  • Attending court proceedings to take notes 
  • Performing legal-related research for court cases 
  • Organising meetings with clients

What Is The Difference Between A Secretary And A Legal Secretary?

Secretary Legal Secretary
Organise office documentsOrganise legal documents
Schedule meetings for staffSchedule meetings with clients and witnesses
Report to the company managerReport to company lawyers
Attend office meetings to take notesAttend court proceedings to take notes

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: April 14, 2022

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