After 3 years at university studying law, many students decide they don’t want to become a solicitor but don’t want to waste their hard-eared knowledge while others recognise the competitiveness of the legal jobs market and decide to take a back route into the profession.
That’s why Pitman Training’s diploma level qualification, is so popular.
Indeed, the Pitman Training centres in Manchester, London’s Notting Hill and especially the one in High Holborn are responsible for delivering their diploma programme to hundreds of successful students every year.
Principal Shilpa Wymer claims, “We meet a lot of young people who decide to take our diploma and they enjoy a very high success rate in getting prestigious jobs on the back of it.
How many of them convert their legal secretarial skills into becoming solicitors, I can’t say, but it’s a great way to get inside a law firm.”
While there are several training providers who profess to offer a legal secretarial course, Pitman Training student Lambroulla Pantelli believes “the Pitman Training Diploma is the best known qualification in its field and as Pitman Training Centres in the UK are recognised by the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) as training providers for Continual Professional Development), my mind was made up.”
The organisation, is well suited to students who have just completed an exhausting university degree as they offer complete flexibility in their timetable, allowing students to study on a “drop-in” basis.
That means the student can start training at any time and study at times to suit them during the centres’ long opening hours which include evenings and Saturdays.
The result is that an aspiring lawyer or secretary can complete their studies as quickly or as slowly as they wish.
In addition to office skills, students learn all the administrative processes related to a range of legal secretarial subjects including family law, wills & probate, conveyancing, civil litigation, company law and criminal law.
And there is the opportunity to take an introductory legal secretarial course and a module entitled “An Introduction To Business Structure And Law.”
One has to ask the question of whether learning to be a specialised secretary is a viable route to becoming a solicitor and while no statistics are available regarding the success of such an approach, a career as a legal secretary itself carries high status and often, a high salary, with some secretaries earning as much as £35,000 pa in the City Of London, so one might consider such an approach as a no-lose situation.
Of course, for those who don’t want to waste their legal studies from college or university but don’t want to practise law, this is a perfect compromise.
But it is important for people to understand that there is a big difference between practising law and the administrative tasks undertaken by a legal secretary.
For example, at first, Pitman London student Lambroulla found the course hard going and learning to touch type in particular:
“It required a lot of practise to achieve the necessary typing speed and maintaining my accuracy on legal documents and letters was hard at first!” she confirms.
But she stuck at it and found that because “you work individually and at your own pace, you don’t feel pressurised in any way.”
You can learn more about training at Pitman Training and their diploma programme in particular, by visiting www.holborntraining.co.uk or phoning:
London Notting Hill – 020 7792 5214
London High Holborn – 020 7025 4700
Manchester – 0161 923 6814
Or contact Pitman Training London and Manchester by email.