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Legal Secretarial Course Options

Pitman Training offer a choice of Certificates and Diplomas for the legal secretary, dependent on your level of skills and secretarial experience. 

Short Courses are available as stand-alone qualifications, however they are complementary so can be combined to provide ideal qualifications for a career in law.

The Pitman Legal Secretarial Diploma is for those starting out and will provide the total secretarial and IT skills package required together with an introduction to various aspects of the law.

The ILEX Legal Secretarial Certificate and Diploma both focus exclusively on developing the in-depth knowledge and skill to produce legal specialist documentation.  For these you will need a level of secretarial experience and good IT skills. You can combine the two – taking the Pitman Diploma to get you up to the correct skills level before you move on to ILEX.

Our Course Advisers will help assess your skills with you, identify the gaps and advise which course options and levels would be needed to reach your goal.


Short Legal Secretarial Course Options

Each of these options is a stand-alone qualification, however they are complementary so can be combined to provide ideal qualifications for a career in law.

LEGAL INTRO  CIVIL LITIGATION  COMPANY LAW  CONVEYANCING 
CRIMINAL LAW
  FAMILY LAW    WILLS & PROBATE


Pitman Legal Secretarial Diploma
This qualification is ideal if you are starting out in the secretarial field and wish to focus on legal secretarial as your career. It covers all the basic secretarial and IT skills that you will need, as well as a choice of specialist modules focusing on different types of legal expertise. If you do not have good typing, audio and IT skills this is where you would start. We recommend that you complete the Pitman Legal Secretarial Diploma first or complete individual Pitman course modules in those skills that you specifically lack.

There are no pre-requisites other than an interest in a legal secretarial career.

The course covers:

  • Typing and audio typing skills

  • A total package of Microsoft Office skills needed – Word, Excel and Access

  • A choice of modules on specialist aspects of the law including Company Law, Civil Litigation, Conveyancing or Criminal Law

The course is studied on a flexible self-paced method at the Pitman Training Centre, with access to a Training Adviser for personal support. It is modular with assignment based exams at the end of each module. Certificates are given on successful completion of each module, culminating in your Diploma when you have successfully completed the whole course.  VIEW COURSE OUTLINE HERE


The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX)
The Institute of Legal Executives courses are run in conjunction with City & Guilds. Pitman Training, London, offers both Level 2 Legal Secretary Certificate and Level 3 Legal Secretary Diploma qualifications. These stand as qualifications in their own right or can be complementary to our own national Legal Secretarial Diploma. These courses offer skills/knowledge development if you wish to become a Legal Secretary or to start the process of becoming a Paralegal or a Solicitor – they do not cover any IT training as typing and IT skills are prerequisite to doing the course, however a Pitman Training Diploma or individual Pitman IT modules will support you through any skills gaps prior to doing your ILEX.

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ILEX Level 2: Certificate for Legal Secretaries

Course Objective:
To develop essential and inter-related skills within the context of a legal environment.

Target Learner:
Those wishing to gain a secretarial/administrative legal qualification.

Prerequisites:
Accurate typing at 50 wpm and Microsoft Word Expert Level.
 

Module 1:  LEGAL WORD PROCESSING

  • Legal Word Processing
  • Conveyancing
  • Criminal Law
  • Family
  • Litigation
  • Probate
  • Audio Typewriting

1 Assignment x 2 hours
1 Audio Assignment x 1.5 hours
 

Module 2:  WORKING IN THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Office organisation and structure
  • Health & Safety
  • Time management, work planning and team work
  • Telephone, fax and filing
  • Presenting and producing documents
  • Communication
  • Managing mail
  • Photocopying

1 Assignment, research based, 4 weeks to complete
 

Module 3 (optional):  LEGAL INFORMATION PROCESSING

  • Spreadsheets:
    Their purpose, structure and use, practical tasks and exercises
  • Databases:
    Their purpose, structure and use, practical tasks and exercises

1 Assignment x 2.5 hours

Benefits:

  • A flexible course designed to enable you to work at your own pace
  • A thorough grounding on the underpinning knowledge and competences required in a legal and business context
  • On completion of the course you will receive the widely recognised and highly regarded ILEX qualification
  • Your workbooks are yours to keep to be used as an excellent reference tool in the future

Features:

  • Successful completion of the two core module assignments and a proofreading test will lead to an ILEX Level 2 Certificate for Legal Secretaries being awarded. Module 3 is optional. Individual Module Awards can be made if full certification is not achieved.

Duration: 120 hours – Must be completed within one year of the registration date


ILEX Level 3:  Certificate for Legal Secretaries

Course Objective:
To develop essential knowledge and skills for working within a legal environment

Target Learner:
Those wishing to gain an advanced secretarial/administrative legal qualification.

Prerequisites:
Certificated completion of ILEX Legal Secretarial Certificate - Level 2, accurate typing at 60 wpm and Microsoft Word Expert Level."
 

Module 1:  ADVANCED LEGAL WORD PROCESSING

  • Legal Word Processing
  • File Management
  • Conveyancing
  • Criminal Law
  • Family
  • Litigation
  • Probate
  • Corporate Service
  • Audio Typewriting

1 Assignment x 2 hours
1 Audio Assignment x 1.5 hours
 

Module 2:  BUSINESS SKILLS IN THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

  • People in the legal profession
  • Structure of the courts
  • Legislation
  • Confidentiality and security
  • Health and safety
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Teamworkl
  • Organising events
  • Managing resources

1 Assignment, research based, 6 hours to complete
 

Module 3 (optional):  ADVANCED LEGAL INFORMATION PROCESSING

  • Spreadsheets
    "Their purpose, structure and use"
    Practical tasks and exercises
     
  • Databases
    "Their purpose, structure and use"
    Practical tasks and exercises

1 Assignment x 2.5 hours
 

Benefits:

  • A flexible course designed to enable you to work at your own pace
  • Thorough knowledge and competency in the skills required within a legal and business context
  • On completion of the course you will receive the widely recognised and highly regarded ILEX qualification
  • Your workbooks are yours to keep to be used as an excellent reference tool in the future

Features:

  • Successful completion of the two core module assignments and the proofreading test will lead to an ILEX Level 3 Certificate for Legal Secretaries being awarded. Module 3 is optional. Individual Module Awards can be made if full certification is not achieved.

Duration: One year full time – based on 15 hours per week


How the ILEX courses are structured:

  • There are two mandatory modules in each of the ILEX courses – Legal Word Processing, and Working/Business Skills in the Legal Environment.
  • There is also a third optional module – Legal Information Processing.
  • Results are measured on both coursework and assignments which are completed at the end of each module.
  • All coursework and assignments must be done on a pc and are marked by our Internal Verifier.

In addition to these assignments, a 45 minute proof-reading test must be passed before the full qualification can be awarded. These are held three times a year on dates set by City & Guilds. You can sit these in the Pitman Training Centre and they are sent to ILEX for marking.

This is the best training course I have ever undertaken and definitely recommend it.  It covers everything the “would be” legal secretary needs to know to obtain a high level legal role and it is also challenging enough for all those who are already a legal secretary and who are looking to build on the knowledge and experience they already have.  The support and advice given at the training centre is first class. With this Diploma on your C.V. the sky is the limit on what you could achieve as a legal secretary.  Sign up today!

Erica Holden, Legal Secretary
City of London Corporation



 

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