Legal Secretaries Certificate at Eastbrook Comprehensive School
This course is for candidates who are interested in working in either Law or Business as a Secretary/PA and is therefore recognised as a work-based (entry) qualification. As such these qualifications may be “topped up” in the workplace although may also be considered for UCAS points for those wishing to attend university. All students are registered with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CiLex) and may eventually qualify as solicitors if they continue with on-the-job training.
Year 12 – Level 2 Outline
At Level 2, students develop a knowledge and understanding of the English legal system and some substantive aspects of Law. They will also learn to identify and produce legal documentation in the form of Affidavits, Divorce Applications, and Particulars of Claim etc. Students must be able to touch-type to a minimum of 50 wpm by the end of the course and use specialist equipment for audio transcriptions. At Eastbrook we will train you in these skills in a fully customised Legal Secretaries IT suite.
Year 13 – Level 3 Outline
At Level 3, students further develop their knowledge and understanding of the English legal system and advanced aspects of the substantive Law. They will also develop their skills in advanced legal word processing. Students must be able to touch-type to a minimum of 70 wpm by the end of the course and use specialist equipment for audio transcriptions. At this level students may be nominated for the CiLEX National Award in competency and may also have the opportunity to learn shorthand.
At Level 2 we require a minimum Grade C in English and Maths, a good working knowledge of Word, and an interest in the Law. At Level 3 we require our students to have successfully completed the Level 2 qualification although students with equivalent qualifications are welcome to apply.
The Legal Secretaries’ Courses are fun but challenging. Students need to be committed to developing excellent work-based skills as evidenced in their Portfolio of Achievement so to increase their chances of getting a good job. Students will be expected to conduct themselves at all times in a work-like manner and be punctual to lessons. We also expect our students to work independently in their research tasks.
Students are assessed on the basis of three examinations as well as coursework. The coursework element of the course consists of up to seven assignments. Students are also required to demonstrate competency in two in-house exams of up to two hours duration which will test candidates’ skills in both Legal Word Processing and Audio text processing. Finally, there is an externally set Proofreading examination which students must pass in order to receive full accreditation.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbrook Comprehensive School directly.