Pitman Training

Legal Secretary – Criminal Law

Course Outline

Like all our legal secretary courses, our Criminal Law Legal Secretary course is designed to give you the edge. Firstly by putting the Pitman Training name on your CV; an acknowledged mark of excellent Legal Secretary training, but also because you’ll be trained for full time or temp work with an insight into the fee earners’ role, which will improve your understanding and could pave the way for promotion or a permanent placement.

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.

The Pitman Training Criminal Law secretarial course is flexible – you decide the timetabling and you keep your workbook as a handy guide. What’s more, at Pitman Training, an course advisor is always available to lend a helping hand when you need it.


• Develop an awareness of the workings and structure of a Criminal Law 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

Other useful courses for legal secretaries include: Audio Transcription or Shorthand. Or you could opt for further specialist legal skills to enhance your earning potential, including the full Legal Secretarial Diploma, which can lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

This course is designed to give you an excellent understanding of the work carried out within the Criminal Law department of a legal firm. Perfect if you are wanting to work as a Legal Secretary within this field.

There are four parts to the training covering the working and structure of a criminal law department; statements of the accused and preparing information; witness statements and instructions to counsel; and finally dealing with offenders, legal aid and invoicing.

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.

There are four lessons in this course: 

Lesson 1: Initial Stages in a Criminal Law case, Different Categories of Offence, Attendance notes.
Lesson 2: Statements of Accused, Preparing Information.
Lesson 3: Witness Statements, Instructions to Counsel.
Lesson 4: Dealing with Offenders, Legal Aid Claim Forms, Preparing an Invoice.

This course will take around 7 hours to complete.

Our Legal Secretary – Criminal Law 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.