CILEx operates an equality and diversity exemption policy and
welcomes applications for exemption on the basis of comparable
qualifications from recognised Institutions which satisfy the CILEx
criteria. Applications for exemption may be made from one or more
units of the CILEx professional qualifications, by CILEx students
or by Institutions which award qualifications.
View the CILEx Exemptions Table for a
list of qualifications currently approved for exemption and the
associated exemption fees.
Full exemptions are available for those who are Legal
Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course
(BPTC) (formerly the Bar Vocational Course BVC)
graduates. If you hold these qualifications you do not have to take
the CILEx exams, and can apply to become a Graduate Member of
CILEx. For further details please contact our Membership
Phone: +44 (0)1234 845777
Qualifying law degrees
If you hold a qualifying law degree awarded within the last 7
years you can apply for exemption from CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law
and Practice and the Law units from the Level 6 Diploma in Law and
Practice. You can then complete your academic studies and gain
Graduate Membership of CILEx by completing the CILEx Graduate
Fast-Track Diploma, consisting of Level 6 Client Care Skills unit
and two Level 6 Practice units (one of which must relate to the
subjects you studied within your law degree). Note: a qualifying
law degree is one recognised as qualifying by the Solicitors
Regulation Authority (SRA). Please confirm with the SRA that
your law degree is qualifying before applying for this exemption.
Please go to the CILEx Exemptions Table
to download the listed exemption form.
Exemptions for Legal Services learners
document is relevant to learners taking CILEx’s Level 4 Legal
Services qualifications either in the context of the Higher
Apprenticeship in Legal Services or as standalone qualifications.
Further information about this qualification can be found on
the Legal Apprentices page.
If you hold a legal qualification awarded which is not listed in
the CILEx Exemptions Table, you can still apply for an
Applications for exemption based on completion of non-qualifying
law degrees (or other recognised completed qualifications with
sufficient legal content and at the same level as the CILEx units
or higher) will be assessed on a subject by subject basis. A full
transcript and detailed syllabus must be provided with the
application to enable the contents of the qualification to be
mapped against the selected CILEx units. If you have a
non-qualifying law degree or other recognised qualification with
sufficient legal content, please go to the CILEx Exemptions Table to download the unlisted
If you do not agree with an exemption decision you can put your
appeal in writing to the Head of Awards at CILEx within 10 working
days of receiving the initial decision. The Head of Awards will
investigate your appeal and respond in writing within 10 working
If you are still not satisfied you can submit a final appeal
within 10 working days, in writing, to an independent adjudicator,
who will consider your case and respond in writing within 10
working days. Please send your appeal to Independent Adjudicator,
Exemption Appeals. The decision of the adjudicator is final, no
further appeal is permitted.