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 and advocates.
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
(usually around £25,000 per annum) 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
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
CILEx holds an annual graduation ceremony,
which your family can attend.
You don’t need a Training Contract or
Pupilage 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.
Studying for a full CILEx
qualification costs between £4,500 to £7,500 in total, spread over
the duration of your study, with fees depending on
location. There is no degree or prior law qualification
required for this full CILEx route.
This CILEx route
therefore compares very favourably with the new
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 around £3,000 to £7,000 for their CPE/GDL fees to
become a solicitor or barrister.
For law graduates CILEx also
offers a Graduate Fast-Track Diploma which costs up to a
maximum of circa £2,400 and only takes a year to complete through
Salaries will vary according to location and chosen specialist
area of law, but starting salaries are usually approximately
£25,000 a year whilst qualifying. Graduate members of CILEx can
expect to earn up to £30,000. Fully qualified Chartered Legal
Executive lawyers can then expect to earn around £35,000 on
average. Latest surveys show annual salaries of over £100,000 for
some Chartered Legal Executives.