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How to apply for CILEx qualifications

Entry to CILEx is open to all and how you study with us does depend on the qualifications you already have:

No Law Degree:

If you don't hold a qualifying law degree there are two stages of CILEx qualifications. Stage one is the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. This is set and assessed at 'A' level standard. Students may complete the smaller (5 unit) CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice en route to achieving the Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Stage two is the CILEx Level 6 Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice. This qualification is set and assessed at honours degree level. Students must achieve one Level 6 Legal Practice Unit, three Level 6 Law units and both Professional Skills units. One Law Unit must be in an area of law which underpins the practice area taken.

Once you have completed your studies and a period of qualifying employment you will then be able to apply to become a Fellow of CILEx and use the designation FCILEx.

Law Degree:

If you already hold a qualifying law degree or GDL awarded within the last seven years, then choose the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma. This is a cost-effective alternative to the LPC or BPTC. It typically costs £2500 (including all CILEx exam and membership fees) and takes around 9 months to one year of part-time study.

To complete your academic studies required to be a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer you just need to study two CILEx Level 6 Practice units (one of which must relate to the subjects you studied within your law degree), and the CILEx Level 6 Client Care Skills unit.

More information on CILEx qualifications

We have a dedicated careers website with a wealth of information on CILEx qualifications and how to take your next steps with CILEx.