Things You May Not Know...
About Chartered Legal Executive lawyers:
Chartered Legal Executives are able to become judges.
Chartered Legal Executives are
able to become partners in law firms.
Executives can represent their clients in court and become
Chartered Legal Executives'
rights are on an increasingly level playing field with barristers
and solicitors. They can become judges, partners, coroners and
About the CILEx route to becoming a lawyer:
CILEx is the most accessible
route to a rewarding career as a qualified lawyer. Uniquely it is
open to those holding GCSEs, A levels or a degree.
No further full-time study is required:
students can complete their CILEx qualifications by part-time study
or distance learning. There are around 80 CILEx accredited study
centres across England and Wales.
CILEx students usually earn a salary by
working in a law firm whilst studying an average of one day or two
nights a week for four years, either at a local college or
university, or via distance learning.
The length of time students study is
flexible – students can chose their own pace for when they sit
their CILEx exams and can fast-track those, or take breaks –
therefore the length of study time until course completion will
vary accordingly. Exemptions from
some units are also available for those with previous legal
qualifications, such as A level Law or a degree in
CILEx holds an annual graduation ceremony,
which your family can attend.
You don’t need a training contract or
pupillage to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer (these are
very hard to secure and are currently mandatory to become a
solicitor or barrister).
CILEx Fellows who wish to dual qualify as solicitors are usually
exempt from the SRA's 2-year training contract.
An apprenticeship is a structured programme of learning
consisting of a mixture of vocational ‘on the job’ learning leading
to a competence based qualification and academic learning which
leads to a formal knowledge based qualification.
CILEx now delivers apprenticeships in Legal Services and if
you are aged over 16 in England or Wales you are eligible to
The cost of studying
for CILEx qualifications depends on the study centre you choose to enrol
with. There is no degree or prior law qualification required
for the full CILEx route.
The CILEx route compares very
favourably with university fees, on top of which law
graduates face additional post-graduate legal qualifications (the
LPC or BPTC) to become a lawyer of around £12,900 to £15,750. Non
law graduates would also have to pay the GDL fees to become a
solicitor or barrister.
For law and GDL graduates, CILEx
also offers the Graduate Fast-track Diploma which typically
costs around £2,500 and only takes one year to complete
through part-time study.
Salaries will vary according to location and chosen specialist
area of law, view the CILEx Wage
Watch report to find out more.