The professional legal studies course at level 2 provides a basic knowledge of law and the practical skills which can help you get a job as a legal administrator or secretary. These roles provide support to lawyers, legal executives and paralegals and often help with the day-to-day tasks in running a legal firm.
To achieve the legal studies qualification, you will study four mandatory units covering:
The main duty of the legal secretary is to prepare legal documents such as letters, attendance notes, wills, contracts, leases, forms and court documents. A qualified legal secretary will be able to type at 60 wpm. The first few weeks of the course will be spent mastering the art of touch typing to enable you reach this speed by the end of the course. You will also learn word processing techniques to create and amend documents.
Information processing skills are also essential in the legal office and you will be assessed in presentation, spreadsheet and database software.
Legal documents must be accurate and you will develop the knowledge and skills to accurately proofread documents and identify spelling, punctuation, consistency, grammatical and presentation errors. There is an external proofreading exam which students must pass to achieve the full certificate in legal production qualification.
An understanding of legal terminology is essential. A full list of words is supplied in the course book and regular tests are held to ensure you learn the meaning and application of each word.
A solicitor will record their meetings with clients on dictating machines and it is the legal secretary’s role to transcribe these recordings and produce documents. You will learn to follow and interpret audio instructions and ensure you produce accurate documents.
You will take part in work experience as part of your course, going out to work in local businesses in Sheffield. This can lead to employment on completion of the course.
Functional Skills lessons also form an important part of your course. They include maths and English for you to help you improve your skills in these areas. You will be given the opportunity to repeat GCSEs in English or Maths if you already have a D grade.
4 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives, must include English language, preferably at a C to cope with the demands of the course.
C&G Legal Studies Certificate Level 2
There are a number of options when you have completed this course:
Will this course suit me?
You should have an interest in the legal profession, a good understanding of working relationships, effective communication skills and good internal and external customer service.