Graduate Fast-track Diploma

The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma is for law and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) graduates who want to qualify as lawyers without undertaking the more traditional and costlier Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) routes. There is also no requirement to secure a training contract or pupillage when taking the CILEx route to qualification. Instead of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, graduates qualify and practise as Chartered Legal Executive lawyers.

Increasingly on a level playing field with solicitors, Chartered Legal Executive lawyers can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms.

On successfully completing the Graduate Fast-track Diploma you can upgrade from CILEx Associate Member to CILEx Graduate Member.

Courses can be studied full time, part time or via distance learning, leaving you free to work in legal practice and gain the necessary qualifying employment to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer and a CILEx Fellow.

The Graduate Fast-track Diploma is open to those who have achieved their law degree or GDL within the last seven years.

Key Benefits

  • no training contract or pupillage required
  • the most accessible route to a career as a qualified lawyer
  • value-for-money study, entry and membership fees
  • study full time, part time or via distance learning
  • earn as you learn and avoid further student debt
  • exemptions available, meaning less study time and lower costs
  • instant CILEx Associate membership
  • regulated by a professional body

How To Study

You can enrol and study at a CILEx accredited centre, each of which sets its own course fees.

The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma is offered on either a full-time or part-time basis during the academic year. Alternatively, you can study via supported distance learning, where you can enrol at any time of the year and study at your own pace.


The qualification is comprised of two CILEx Level 6 Practice subjects (one of which must relate to a subject you studied within your law degree or GDL), and the CILEx Level 6 Client Care Skills unit. 

Click here for a list of the individual level 6 legal units available from CILEx.

CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma

Two Level 6 Practice units + Level 6 Client Care Skills

Aimed at law and GDL graduates who need a qualification specifically in relation to legal practice

125 hours


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