CILEx and Social Mobility

CILEX and Social Mobility

CILEX is unique in that it is open to all. CILEX is the only route to qualification as a lawyer which doesn’t require university attendance. 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.

On average, 72% of our members are women, and around 12% of all our members are black or of a ethnic minority (compared to 7.9% for the UK population as a whole).

The House of Lords recognised that the CILEX route already draws from a wider social background than other parts of the legal profession. CILEX would welcome the opportunity to assist the government in making its social mobility strategy a success.

Social Mobility Toolkit

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) is proud to support The Social Mobility Toolkit and also be the only provider of a case study of diversity from the legal sector, proving once again that CILEX is at the forefront of diversity in legal education and provision.

The toolkit is the first common framework to measure the progress of social mobility within the professions and is backed by CILEX, UK Government and bodies representing over 1.2 million UK professionals, was launched March 2012 on behalf of Professions for Good.

Researched by Spada on behalf of Professions for Good, surveyed 300 professionals and drew on the expertise of fifty representatives from universities, membership bodies, NGOs, regulators and Government departments. It provides practical recommendations for employer organisations of all sizes, professional bodies and regulators on how they can track and foster social mobility.

The 52 page toolkit examines the economic, business and moral case for social mobility; the state of social mobility in the UK and the recent policy initiatives in this area by the current Government. It also provides best-practice advice on how to collect and process data on social mobility and how organisations can diversify the socio-economic profile of their members and employees.