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Diploma in Legal Secretary

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Prepare for a career in legal firms and other sectors of the law industry with this professional, online course. You will develop an understanding of the specific duties and responsibilities of a legal secretary, as well as transferable office administration skills that would be applicable to a range of PA, secretary and receptionist roles, through electronic learning materials including videos, handouts and mock exams.


Legal secretary work requires industry-specific knowledge of the practice of law, the day-to-day operations of a solicitor, as well as essential communication and business administration skills. Our CPD-certified Legal Secretary Diploma covers all of these key competencies, including legal writing skills, record keeping, transcription, proofreading, recording and preparing minutes, as well as administrative soft skills, telephone etiquette, and a full comprehension of Microsoft Word. The course is taught through our online learning platform, with materials designed and delivered by industry experts.

Benefits of studying the Diploma in Legal Secretary with Victoria Education include:

  • Easy-to-understand course materials designed by industry experts, accessible through your smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablet device
  • No hidden fees or costs — study a comprehensive course and earn a professional e-certificate upon successful completion
  • Get instant feedback from automated assessments and mock exams to gauge your progress
  • No formal deadlines or teaching schedule, meaning you can learn at your own pace
  • 24/7 help and support from your online tutors, through email and via our live online chat
  • Qualify for an NUS Extra card and gain access to over 200 fantastic deals from high street brands and one free year of ISIC unlocking over 42,000 international discounts


How is this qualification is delivered?

Our courses are taught entirely online, meaning you can access the materials wherever, whenever, at a pace that suits you, without formal deadlines or teaching schedules.

The courses are delivered through

  • Video lessons
  • PDF handouts
  • Mock exams
  • Online assessment

These can be accessed through any device with an internet connection. Our e-learning platform is optimised for use on mobile, tablet, laptops and desktop computers.

Mandatory units

The Diploma in Legal Secretary consists of seven mandatory modules

  • Legal Secretary
  • Meeting Management and Minute Taking
  • Other Secretarial Roles and Responsibilities
  • Customer Service Role
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Organizing Work Using MS Word
  • Proofreading


The assessment at the end of each course is a multiple-choice exam taken through our online platform. The system is fully automated so you will receive your results instantly upon completion.


Upon successful completion you will qualify for the UK and internationally-recognised professional qualification. You can order a PDF Certificate for £12.

Who is this course for?

The Diploma in Legal Secretary is aimed at anyone wishing to start working in such roles, or existing professionals wishing to boost their skills and employability.

Our courses are open to learners of all levels with no formal experience or qualifications required to enrol. However, learners should be aged 16 or over and have a good understanding of English language, numeracy and IT.

Career path

Studying this would benefit a range of careers, but would specifically boost employability in roles such as

  • Legal Secretary
  • Law Firm Assistant
  • Personal Assistant to Lawyers
  • Assistant to Judges
  • Stenographer


Course Curriculum

Role of a Legal Secretary
What is a legal secretary? 00:15:00
Operations and responsibilites 00:15:00
Daily duties as a legal secretary 00:30:00
Keeping effective records 00:30:00
Proofreading, copyediting and legal writing 00:15:00
Essential research techniques 00:30:00
Preparing correspondence for judges 00:30:00
The British Legal System 00:15:00
Understanding UK courts 00:30:00
Various duties and responsibilities
The basics of being a legal secretary 01:00:00
Working on your admin skills 01:00:00
How to manage your time 01:00:00
Key skills 01:00:00
Gatekeeping skills for legal secretaries 00:15:00
Prioritising your workload 00:15:00
Keeping data secure 00:15:00
Other administrative tasks 00:15:00
Essentials of Proofreading
Getting started 00:15:00
Defining proofreading 00:15:00
Key proofreading skills 00:15:00
Identifying proofreading symbols 00:15:00
Proofing for print and online 00:15:00
Common errors to look out for 00:15:00
Effective proofreading techniques 00:15:00
Academic proofreading 00:15:00
Managing meetings and taking minutes
Meeting Management 00:15:00
What a minute taker does 00:15:00
Key skills of minute taking 00:30:00
Creating meeting guidelines 00:15:00
Different styles of minute taking 00:30:00
Recording with OneNote 2007 00:30:00
Preparing your minutes 00:30:00
How to take minutes in an interactive meeting 00:15:00
Maintaing a tidy minute book 00:15:00
What to include/what to ignore 00:30:00
Motions and Resolutions 00:00:00
How to record minutes 00:30:00
The purpose of a meeting 00:30:00
Identifying a decision 00:15:00
Minute taking skills 00:30:00
Provision of Customer Service
What is customer service? 00:15:00
Remaining positive is key 00:30:00
Common issues in customer service 01:00:00
Dealing with difficult customers 00:30:00
Managing Telephone Service
Introduction 01:00:00
Good phone etiquette 01:00:00
Getting rid of distractions 01:00:00
Taking inbound calls 01:00:00
Effectively making outbound calls 01:00:00
How to deal with angry callers 01:00:00
Dealing with interoffice communication 01:00:00
Strategies for phone training 01:00:00
Fixing your phone manner 01:00:00
Staying organised with Microsoft Word
Starting the program 01:00:00
Finding your way around Word 01:00:00
Creating a file 01:00:00
Editing a document 01:00:00
Formatting your text 01:00:00
Inserting paragraphs 01:00:00
Changing fonts and headings 01:00:00
Customising the style of your document 01:00:00
Designing the page 01:00:00
Exporting your document 01:00:00
Mock Exam
Mock Exam- Diploma in Legal Secretary 00:30:00
Final Exam
Final Exam- Diploma in Legal Secretary 00:30:00

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  • £249.00 £39.00
  • 1 year
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  • Number of Units63
  • Number of Quizzes2
  • 1 day, 14 hours



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