CILEX Paralegal

Becoming a CILEX Paralegal

CILEX Paralegals will be able to demonstrate a fundamental awareness of the law underpinning key practice areas by completing the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) Foundation stage. The assessments are designed to assess across this knowledge but to also allow you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to some straightforward client scenarios.

Trainees will undertake five mandatory modules:

Professional and Legal Skills

This is a broad module that aims to provide the underpinning knowledge required to support the development of skills including:

• Business skills including interpersonal skills, time management and networking
• Working in a team
• Standards and understanding of the code of conduct
• Managing clients
• Impact of legal technology
• Communicating with internal and external clients
• Conducting legal research

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Legal Systems

The aim of this module is to give you the fundamental knowledge and understanding of key elements of the English legal system and the constitution. The module explores the distinction between civil and criminal law and that between common law and equity, as well as the hierarchy of the courts. There is a focus on the creation of law, and legislative and executive powers, as well as the power of the judiciary, including interpretation, precedent and judicial review. On completion of the module, you will be able to assess the appropriate track for a civil case and decide the appropriate court of first instance for a criminal matter. You will demonstrate practical knowledge of the most appropriate alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method based on circumstances, be able to identify whether a case has merit to warrant application for judicial review, and analyse whether a particular characteristic is protected under the Equality Act 2010.

The module covers:

• Structure and classification of law; common law and equity
• The English legal system; criminal and civil courts and procedures
• Provision and regulation of legal services
• The nature of the UK constitution – the roles and powers of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary and sources of law
• The protection of civil liberties, human rights and equality

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Contract Law

The aim of this module is to give you essential knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, the contexts in which it operates and how it may underpin commercial, professional, and individual relationships. This will enable you to understand how and when contractual obligations arise in the broad business environment, including your own professional business environment; how to advise clients on the formation of a valid contract in non-contentious matters; and advise in potentially contentious matters whether a contract exists and what, if any, obligations have been created.

The module covers:

• Contract law in outline
• The formation of a valid contract: offer and acceptance
• The formation of a valid contract: consideration
• The formation of a valid contract: intention to create legal relations and capacity
• The content of a contract
• Vitiating factors
• Performance, termination and breach of contract
• Causation and remedies for breach of contract

The Law of Tort

The aim of this module is to give you fundamental knowledge and understanding of the law of tort, the contexts in which it operates and the relationships which it affects. This will enable you to understand how rights and interests are protected by statute and common law; how and when duties and obligations arise; how a breach of a statutory or common law duty may give rise to a cause of action; what full and partial defences might be available to challenge a claim and the potential remedies available. On completion of the module, you will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s position, be able to offer recommendations and advice in the client’s best interests.

The module covers:

• Tort law in outline
• Negligence
• Employers' liability
• Occupiers' liability
• Outline of the law relating to highways
• Trespass and nuisance
• Defences
• Causation and remedies in tort

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Introduction to Property and Private Client

The aim of this module is to give you the essential knowledge and understanding of the law and procedure relating to conveyancing and probate. There is a focus on the procedures required to act on a sale and purchase in a freehold residential conveyancing transaction. In addition, the module will introduce you to the purpose and content of a Will, the Intestacy Rules, how to apply for a Grant of Probate and the appointment of Personal Representatives. On completion of the module, you will know how to draft a straightforward contract of sale and transfer.

The module covers:

• Organisations
• Underpinning land law
• Technical basics - the documents - property and private client
• Co-ownership
• Regulatory matters
• Technical basics - applying for probate and intestacy; personal representatives
• Technical basics - entitlement to act and personnel - property and private client
• Overview of the conveyancing transaction
• Taking instructions, initial steps and advice
• Deducing and investigating title
• Sale - drafting the contract and preparing the pre contract package
• Purchase - pre contract searches and enquiries
• Financing a purchase
• Reporting to client and exchange of contracts
• Preparing for completion
• Completion
• Post completion

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In addition, trainees on the CPQ Foundation stage are required to evidence their competence via their Professional Experience portfolio and to complete the first of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility e-learning modules.

Trainees who complete this level of qualification will become CILEX Paralegals.

Registration fees include:


You will have the chance to sit one assessment for each module as part of your registration fee. Resits will be charged separately. Find out more about CPQ assessments here.

Learning materials

You will be given access to an online bookshelf that contains an e-book to accompany every module that you will be studying at each stage. Embedded in these e-books, and also available as an accompanying Study Resource Pack, will be interactive elements to enhance your learning experience and increase your chances of success.

Ethics and Professional Responsibility e-learning

At Foundation stage, you will be expected to complete the first of the online e-learning Ethics and Professional Responsibility modules. Find out more about this important feature of CPQ here.

Online Professional Experience Portfolio

At every stage of CPQ, you will be expected to demonstrate that you are competent against the criteria of the competency framework relevant to your job role and CPQ stage. This will be done via an online portfolio and your experience will need to be validated by your employer. For more information on the Professional Experience element of CPQ, see here.


Financial support is available for eligible candidates through CILEX Lawyer Scholarships funded by the CILEX Foundation.

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