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Working in a Legal Environment

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

For this course we have collaborated with CILEx (The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) to bring you a course which will help you gain knowledge and insight into the workings of a legal office; essential if you are looking to secure a role as a top class Legal Secretary.

Course Duration: 22 hours

CPD Points: 22

Legal Secretary

Introduction – Introduces the fictitious case study including an organisation chart, departments and the work of a legal secretary.

Module One – The main administrative services within a legal office, the areas of law, how the different departments work together, confidentiality within a legal office, contract of employment.

Module Two – Different organisational structures, using organisation charts, producing a simple organisation chart, different methods of trading.

Module Three – The judicial system in the UK, main postholders, barristers, solicitors and chartered legal executives.

Module Four – Health and safety at work; risks and hazards in the office and how they can be avoided, the role of a first-aider, the main laws concerning health and safety, completing accident report form.

Module Five – Organising resources and managing time effectively, prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines, working in a team, managing appointments and diaries, taking notes.

Module Six – Functions and features of telephone systems, managing telephone calls, taking messages, sending and receiving fax messages.

Module Seven – Different types of letter, researching a report, using emails, proofreading documents, digital audio dictation.

Module Eight – Filing, classifications and the equipment required, opening a new file, managing and maintaining filing systems, storing documents electronically, Data Protection Act.

Module Nine – Effective communication in the office, creating a positive image, client care.

Module Ten – Dealing with the post, using different postal services, photocopying, other tasks undertaken by Reprographics.

Reference – Includes information on terminology, abbreviations and more.

This course is designed for those who want to become a Legal Secretary, Legal Admin Assistant or Paralegal and understand more about the processes and procedures involved in working within a Legal office.  It will give you all the skills you need.

It is also an excellent course if you are looking to obtain a CILEx/City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Working in the Legal Environment.

This course has been put together in collaboration with CILEx with the aim of helping anyone looking to work in a Legal office, as a Legal Secretary or Paralegal for example, to prepare for the CILEx/City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Working in the Legal Environment.

Before starting this course it would be advantageous for you to have undertaken the Legal Text Processing course and have comprehensive end-user knowledge of Microsoft Word, competent keyboarding (at least 40 wpm) and office practice skills.

lexible 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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