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Legal Secretary Diploma – Scots Law

The Legal Secretary Diploma training course is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning through our Pitman Campus.

Whether you’re a newly-experienced Secretary or you’ve been in the role for a while, becoming a Legal Secretary is within your reach. Our Legal Secretarial Diploma is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and understanding that is required to work within the legal profession or the Legal Department of a large firm. With your Diploma you will be able to confidently display your sector specific skills, with a broad understanding of various aspects of the Law, including terminology, the Court System and Legal Personnel. This Diploma can be tailored for English or Scots Law.

Course Duration: 190 Hours

CPD Points: 190


Core Courses

Legal Secretary – Scots Law

This course will take around 25 hours to study and you’ll learn the practices and procedures for various legal specialisms such as Conveyancing, Criminal Law and Family Law. Through a series of self-paced lessons you’ll look at the different documentation and terminology used in each of the key legal areas.

Working in the Legal Environment

This course enables the learner to develop the knowledge and skills to understand and operate in different organisational structures and be aware of how relevant legislation, regulations and procedures apply to the Legal and Business environments. The course teaches about working relationships, effective communication skills, internal and external customer service.


In just 25 hours speeds of 20-40+ words per minute are perfectly achievable, even if you have little prior experience. You’ll also receive guidance on ergonomics, technique and accuracy.

Typing Speed

If you want to build speed and accuracy, this course will take you to speeds of 40-60 words per minute.

Audio Transcription Level 1

Audio Transcription is a valuable skill to gain, with applications in many industry sectors. This course will help you learn how to operate audio transcribing equipment and become proficient in document transcription.

Effective Business Communication

This excellent course will raise your game when it comes to Business Communication skills, which is often top of the list of qualities demanded by employers.


Our Microsoft Word course is designed to provide you with the essential skills you will need to be proficient in Word, in a work environment, in as short a time as possible.

Word Expert

This training in Microsoft Word will propel your Word skills forward to an advanced level. Over several lessons, you’ll become confident in a range of Word’s more sophisticated features.


This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Over 10 self-paced lessons you’ll learn how to format your spreadsheet to best display your information, handle simple and complex formulas, insert charts, learn how to insert functions such as IFERROR and much much more.

or Excel Expert

Over a series of self-paced lessons you’ll learn how to perform tasks such as conditional formatting, recording and running macros, working with pivot tables and using statistical functions.


This flexible study Outlook course takes you through everything you need to use this popular email system as a work tool, from navigation and views through contacts and appointments, to tasks and folders.

Successful Meetings and Minutes

Taking clear and accurate minutes is a core task for any Office Admin, Secretarial or PA job. This course will teach you all of the skills and techniques you need to take the stress out of Minute Taking.

Elective Courses (choose one)

  • PowerPoint
  • SpeedWriting
  • Access
  • Health & Safety Essentials

(Alternative subjects may be chosen if more suitable to your existing skills and career)

Our Legal Secretarial Diploma is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and understanding that is required to work within the legal profession or the Legal Department of a large firm. Once you become a Legal Secretary, you could progress to the position of senior PA in a larger firm. And, with further training, you could go on to become a Legal Executive, Paralegal or Licensed Conveyancer. This Diploma can be tailored to English or Scots Law.

The Legal Secretarial Diploma offers you the best of both worlds. Not only will you get the highest level of Secretarial skills required to work in any business, you’ll also get the expertise required to work within a legal environment. You will understand the language of Scots Law, have an insight into the Key Legal Specialist areas, excellent IT skills as well as be a great communicator.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

Claim up to £15,000 for Training your employees

This fund provides Levy Paying Companies an opportunity to up-skill or re-skill Employees and in turn, support economic growth.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a Levy Paying Employer
  • The Company must be based or operate in Scotland, wholly or partially
  • Employees must reside in Scotland

For more information on applying for this funding, contact our Course Advisors by clicking below:


A funded training opportunity is now available to those facing redundancy or those who have been made redundant from March 2020 onward.

The National Transition Training Fund aims to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by Covid-19 by offering short sharp training opportunities for people to learn in-demand skills.

If you are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1st March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification to help you gain employment.

For further information on how to proceed then contact us referencing the course(s) you are interested in.

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