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About Chartered Legal Executive lawyers:

Chartered Legal Executives are able to become judges. 

Chartered Legal Executives are able to become partners in law firms.

Chartered Legal Executives can represent their clients in court and become advocates.

Chartered Legal Executives' rights are on an increasingly level playing field with barristers and solicitors. They can become judges, partners, coroners 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 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 Law. 

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.

Apprenticeships:

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 apply.

Fees:

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:

Salaries will vary according to location and chosen specialist area of law, view the CILEx Wage Watch report to find out more.