Pitman Training

Legal Secretary – Family Law

Course Outline

Considering a career as a Legal Secretary? There are many legal secretary courses to choose from – but none except ours can give you the power of the Pitman Training name on your CV.

Our legal secretary training is well-respected by employers, and for legal secretary knowledge, you really can’t do better. 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.

After an introduction to family law and basic divorce procedure, you’ll look at preparing a divorce petition. The Legal Secretary course continues with preparing a statement of arrangements for children before moving on to serving the petition and producing an affidavit.

All your training is fully flexible, so it takes place at a pace to suit you. And you’ll leave not only having completed the best of legal secretarial courses, but also with a workbook to keep as a handy reference guide.


• Develop an excellent knowledge of the workings and structure of a Family Law Department.

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

• A workbook to use as a reference guide on completion of the course.

• The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training Certificate.

This course aims to help you gain a sold knowledge grounding across all the terms, documents and processes of a family law department in a legal firm. You will then be able to confidently apply for roles as a Legal Secretary within these departments knowing you have the proven skills to back up your application.

If you want to work as a Legal Secretary within the Family Law department of a legal firm, this is the course for you! You will gain an excellent insight to this specialist field and be able to impress employers with your knowledge.

There are four lessons in this course:

Lesson One: Introduction to Family Law, basic divorce procedure, instruction form.
Lesson Two: The petition, example of a petition, certificate with regard to reconciliation.
Lesson Three:  Filing the petition, the acknowledgement of service, serving the petition.
Lesson Four: Decree Nisi, Decree Absolute. 

This course will take around 7 hours to complete.

Our Legal Secretary – Family 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.