Why be a CILEx lawyer

Why become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer - Facts & Figures

About CILEx:

CILEx was first formed in 1892, becoming the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) in 1963, and then the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in January 2012.

Around 95,000 people have chosen CILEx as their route to become a lawyer since 1989.

CILEx opens up access to a career as a lawyer to all. 81.5% of our members do not have parents who attended university, and only 2% of our members have a parent who is a lawyer.

All CILEx members are independently regulated.

CILEx members can join their local CILEx branch and receive ongoing support and advice throughout their career.

About Chartered Legal Executive lawyers:

  • Chartered Legal Executives are able to become judges and 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.

Read more about the role of Chartered Legal Executive lawyers.

About the CILEx route to becoming a lawyer:

CILEx is the most accessible route to a rewarding career as a qualified lawyer – 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 70 CILEx accredited study centres across England and Wales.

Studying for CILEx qualifications costs around £7,650 whereas the NUS says that students are now leaving Uni with debts of up to £20-30,000 on average. On top of that even law graduates still face post-graduate legal qualifications (the LPC or BPTC) to become a lawyer. An LPC will cost between £9,000-£12,000 (Source: The Lawyer, 2016) and a BPTC will cost between £13,000 and £16,000 (Source: The Lawyer, 2016).

Find out more about how you can qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.


The Wage Watch gives salary information and trends for CILEx students, members and Fellows.

Salaries vary according to location and area of law. Starting salaries are usually £15,000 to £28,000 per year whilst qualifying. When you finish your CILEx studies you can expect to earn up to £38,000. Chartered Legal Executive lawyers can expect to earn £35,000 to £55,000, and can earn much higher.

For more information, visit the CILEx careers website.