Pitman Training

Legal Secretary – Civil Litigation

Course Outline

This, the best of legal secretarial courses, qualifies you to prepare the documentation in a civil litigation department. But unlike other legal secretary training, ours gives you the basis for full-time or temp work and an insight into fee earners’ work – which means greater job satisfaction and possible promotion.

If you live in Scotland, there is also a Scottish version of this course, so you can be confident that wherever you work, you’ve chosen the very best training.


Develop an awareness of the workings and structure of a Civil Litigation Department

The flexibility and value of a self-study module designed to enable you to work at your own pace

A workbook to use as a reference guide on completion of the module

The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training certification

We also offer a full Legal Secretarial Diploma which is the most prestigious one we offer, which can help lead to a very rewarding career.

Next step: After successful completion of this course, you may find that our courses in audio transcription, shorthand or other specialist legal secretarial courses are perfect to enhance your unique skill-set yet further.

This four-part legal secretary course begins with an introduction to civil litigation and moves on to the claim form and particulars of claim. Your pursuit of legal secretary knowledge continues with filing and serving the claim form and the admission, defence and counterclaim before concluding with High Court proceedings and instruction forms for personal injury.

At the end of the course, you will leave with a more detailed knowledge of the workings of a Civil Litigation Department within a law firm.

If you’re currently working in office administration and would like to work withn the offices of a solicitor or legal firm, this is a great course to help build up your specialist legal knowledge to become a successful Legal Secretary.

This course has four lessons: –

Lesson 1: Introduction to Civil Law, Instruction Form for Debt Collection, Letter Before Action.

Lesson 2: The Claim Form, Particulars of Claim.

Lesson 3: Filing and Serving the Claim Form, Certificate of Service and Notice of Non-Service, The Admission, Defence and/or Counterclaim, Defence Form, List of Documents.

Lesson 4: Proceedings in the High Court, Instruction Form for Personal Injury, Response to Request for Further Information.

This course should take around 7 hours to complete.

Our Legal Secretary – Civil Litigation course is part of our distance learning range – which can be accessed online via our distance learning portal. 

This means that you have the flexibility to study our Legal Secretarial courses:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’ve decided to go ahead, all you’ll need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre that offers and supports our distance learning platform, and they will arrange for you to have an induction to show you around the system and talk you through how our online training works. After this, you can learn in your own time and at your own speed, but with the knowledge you have support at hand if required. 

To find your nearest centre that offers and supports our online Legal Secretary training, click here.

The best way to make sure your training programme suits you, your skills, your ambitions and your busy schedule, is to get in touch with us for a free, friendly expert career consultation.