Becoming a CILEx lawyer

Becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer

CILEx offers a highly cost-effective and accessible route to becoming a lawyer and unparalleled access to a flexible career in law.The CILEx route to law is the ideal way to obtain a law qualification for school leavers, graduates, legal support staff, mature students and those who already have family commitments. It is possible to start training to be an CILEx lawyer with a variety of qualification levels.

You should hold a minimum of four GCSE grades C or above including English Language or Literature or qualifications at an equivalent level. If you do not have any formal qualifications we strongly recommend that you consider studying for a City & Guilds/CILEx qualification in Legal Studies before embarking on the legal executive training route.

Exemptions from parts of the CILEx Professional Qualification in Law may be available if you hold an A level in law, a recognised law degree or if you have already done a postgraduate Legal Practice Course.

Typically students receive on-the-job training in solicitors’ offices or legal departments, whilst also attending classes in law and practice at academic institutions or via distance learning.

So if you wish to switch to a career in law, or want to 'earn and learn' and avoid student debt, CILEx is your first choice.