Level 3 Competence

Qualification structure

Level 3 Competence qualifications

The CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services consists of 22 units in total from which learners must achieve a total of at least 39 credits. This includes:

  • 7 mandatory units to gain 22 credits;
  • a minimum of 15 credits from optional group 1, with a maximum of 5 credits at Level 4;
  • a minimum of 2 credits from optional group 2

The Mandatory units represent core business, ethical, functional and personal skills. These units are mandatory because they focus on the essential understandings and skills necessary to undertake a role in a modern legal workplace.

The units in Optional Group 1 represent key legal function areas and learners will choose units from this group which best reflect the functions of their role. The key elements of handling and progressing a legal matter to a conclusion are included as well as opportunities for learners to move beyond Level 3 into more challenging Level 4 skills.

The units in Optional Group 2 represent relevant areas of transferrable skills development that the learner and employer consider important to an individual and/or a role in the legal workplace.

The qualification is assessed at work through the production of a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio of evidence is assessed by a qualified assessor and verified by a CILEx external verifier.

The competence units are detailed below:

Mandatory Units

Unit Title

Level

Credits

Business and ethics for the legal sector

3

4

Comply with legal, organisational and regulatory requirements in the provision of legal services

3

3

Plan and manage your own workload

3

2

Draft Legal Documents using precedents

3

5

Manage files for legal matters

3

3

Receive, transmit, store and retrieve information

2

2

Communicate effectively with people maintaining the security of information

3

3

Optional group 1 - Legal Functions

Unit Title

Level

Credits

Manage financial considerations in relation to legal matters

4

5

Prepare for financial transactions in relation to legal matters

4

5

Preparing cases for representation in formal proceedings

4

5

Acting on behalf of clients in informal proceedings

4

5

Process clients’ instructions and plan legal work

3

4

Provide documents for legal matters

3

3

Conclude legal matters

3

3

Communicating with legal advice clients

2

3

Providing legal advice to clients

3

5

Conduct research to progress legal matters

3

5

Optional group 2 Transferrable Functions

Unit Title

Level

Credits

Equality and Diversity

3

6

Maintain and develop your own knowledge, skills and competence

3

3

Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety

3

2

Contribute to the quality of team working

3

3

Managing interviews with legal advice clients

3

3