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Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills)

Introduction

This course is a must for secretaries and administrators contemplating working in a legal environment, whether  it be in a solicitors office or in the legal department of a large firm.  As well as giving an insight into legal administration the course covers in depth knowledge of each legal area which hopefully will give the learner an appetite to study law at a higher level.  Many ambitious legal secretaries have gained a taste for law and have gone on to pursue a career in the law qualifying as legal executives, licensed conveyancers or solicitors.

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Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enter into our Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) course.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit.

Assessment

Optional coursework and final examination.

Enrolment

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body

ABC Awards

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Course Content

The course consists of ten modules and each module has a tutor marked assignment as well as some activities.
The modules are;

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 1 – Introduction to working in a legal office

This module will look at the different departments within a legal office – and take a brief look at the different types of legal work carried out such as Conveyancing; criminal and civil litigation; wills and probate and family.  The module will also examine the roles and training of people within a legal environment such as solicitor, barrister, legal executives, licensed conveyancers, legal accounts staff etc.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 2 – The role of the legal secretary and client care

The module looks at attending client interviews, attendance at court; taking messages dealing with telephone calls and anti-money laundering procedures such as collecting identification evidence from clients.  Also covered is a wholly important  area client confidentiality and the requirements of the legal secretary.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 3 – Legal administration and systems

The virtues of different types of filing and diary systems will be considered along with Health and safety issues and requirements. Other systems such as dealing with incoming and outgoing post and document exchange systems will be examined.  A very important commodity is time management which will be studied.  And the structure of law firms will be examined –using a fictitious firm –so the hierarchy  of firm will be examined; so will team structure within the firm and the possible structures of the firm itself – whether a limited company, limited liability partnership or partnership.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 4 – Office procedures of the legal profession

In legal work attention to detail and accuracy is crucial so typing and processing and proof reading letters and legal documents will be considered.  In this module there is list of commonly used legal words and abbreviations included together with practice in using these.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 5 – Introduction to Law

The module will look at where the law comes from – sources of law- and how it is used through Acts of Parliament [Statutes] and judge made law – case law.  The different types of Courts are then considered – how they work and their personnel. Particular statutes relevant to working in the legal profession such as data protection act, and equal opportunities act relevant to employment law will be considered in outline

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 6 – Conveyancing

Looking at the first of four modules which covers working in a specific department in legal office. This module looks at the role of the legal secretary within the Conveyancing department of a fictitious legal firm.  The module tracks the Conveyancing procedure from taking instructions from the client through to exchange of contracts and completion.  The legal secretary will need to be familiar with all the forms involved in Conveyancing and this module explains these and how they should be completed.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 7 – Criminal litigation

Here we look at the work within the criminal litigation department. The procedure is tracked  from the client’s arrest at the police station through to the appearance at Magistrates Court and Crown  Court. Some criminal law is included in this module explaining the mental and physical elements required to commit a crime.  The main emphasis of this module is the role of the legal secretary concerning the preparation of the documentation involved in a criminal case such as instructing a barrister to act in the case and typing witness statements and brief to counsel.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 8 – Wills and probate departments

This module visits the Wills and probate department – sometimes referred to as the private client department.  The module will look how a Will is prepared and the law regarding the signing of a valid Will.  The module will then look at the forms required when someone dies either leaving a Will or without a Will. The legal secretary will be required to type up these forms with great accuracy and a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration will issue to enable the estate to be wound up.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 9 – Working within the family department

Concentrates on work within the Family Department. This department will deal with what happens in the family department of a firm, mainly divorce and matters relating to children’s welfare. The law relating to divorce will be explored and the legal secretary will have practice at completing a divorce petition and other associated forms.

Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Module 10 – Civil litigation

This final module considers work in the civil litigation department. It tracks the procedure and forms in taking a county court action  and looks at the documents the legal secretary will  need to prepare.  There are some final quizzes and questionnaires to round off this exciting and useful course.

Progression

This Level 3 Legal Administration Diploma (Legal Secretary Skills) Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

  1. 5 out of 5

    That’s great, thank you very much.

    I’ll take this opportunity to say I’ve had a fantastic experience with Oxford and will definitely be enrolling again in the future.

    All the best,

    Emma.