Becoming a CILEX Lawyer
CILEX Lawyers will be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge and the application of the law in specific areas of practice, and the ability to work independently and to high professional and ethical standards by completing the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) Professional stage, having completed or been exempt from Foundation and Advanced stages.
Trainees with an LPC will enter CPQ at Professional stage, although they may be required to complete the underpinning Advanced stage module. Trainees entering directly at this stage will also be required to complete both Ethics and Professional Responsibility e-learning modules.
Trainees undertake just one mandatory module – Professional Skills – which is an assignment you will work on alongside your study of one further module from the options outlined below. The module chosen will be determined by the area in which trainees will seek to acquire their practice rights and must be underpinned by the Advanced stage module corresponding to the pathway chosen.
The aim of this module is to give you the essential knowledge and understanding you need to deal with dispute resolution in a civil litigation context. You will be able to challenge appropriately, formulate a case strategy and evolve it as necessary in order to manage a complex case through the litigation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process. You will develop your advocacy skills to present cogent and clear arguments; you will in addition develop specialist skills in new areas of litigation and be able work with confidence with current and emerging technology.
This module covers:
• Procedural and tactical considerations
• Representing clients
• Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure
• Drafting, communication and advocacy
The aim of this module is to give you the essential knowledge and understanding of the criminal litigation process from initial investigation through to trial, how to deal with outcomes such as acquittal or conviction and sentence, and then the appeal process. You will be able to challenge appropriately and give advice in the client's best interests. Through the development of drafting and tactical awareness skills, you will be able to prepare and take steps to resolve the case. You will develop your communication and advocacy skills to present cogent and clear arguments.
This module covers:
• Further criminal offences and defences
• Litigation process
The aim of this module is to give you the essential knowledge and understanding of the law and procedure relating to more complex residential conveyancing issues and transactions. The module covers taxation advice and issues involving risk - for example, money laundering and fraud. There is a focus on the analysis of situations and documents to enable you to select the most appropriate next steps or advice in order to advance a transaction or protect a client’s interests. You will also be able to consider essential aspects of making applications to HM Land Registry (HMLR) such as title plan issues, restrictions in the register and dealing with requisitions.
The aim of this module is to give you the essential knowledge and understanding of the law and procedure relating to commercial conveyancing issues and transactions. The module covers taxation advice and issues involving risk - for example, money laundering and fraud. There is a focus on analysis of situations and documents to enable you to select the most appropriate next steps or advice in order to advance a transaction or protect a client’s interests. This module will cover the following four scenarios and the associated documentation, procedures, requirements, and statutory control.
This module covers:
• Grant of a new commercial property lease
• Grant of a commercial property underlease
• Assignment of an existing commercial property lease
• Sale of a freehold commercial property
In addition, the module will cover the contents of a typical commercial property lease and the security of tenure for business tenants.
The aim of this module is to give you a detailed and practical understanding of key aspects of employment law and practice, providing a solid basis on which to develop specialist expertise in this area of law and the ability to handle a varied caseload of employment matters.
The focus of this module is on employment rights and how they affect employees and employers throughout the employment relationship (through recruitment, during employment, and on termination). You will be able to provide suitable, practical advice to employees and employers on a case-by-case basis, considering relevant facts, options and risks. You will also learn the practical skills to enable you to manage common employment procedures as well as developing drafting skills to support your clients effectively.
Business and Commercial Law
The aim of this module is to give you the essential knowledge and understanding of specialist business-related topics. The module will focus on company transactions, including company financing and dealings with directors; it also provides an introduction to typical commercial contracts and the buying and selling of businesses. You will be introduced to common shareholder considerations, and relevant taxation and insolvency issues, building on the knowledge of business accounts acquired from the Advanced stage Skills module.
The aim of this module is to give you the essential knowledge and understanding of the law and procedure you need to advise on a range of family law cases. The module covers the full range of current family law areas that you would encounter in practice, incorporating the formation of adult relationships, matters relating to children, and the breakdown of adult relationships. The module also incorporates the complex and specialised area relating to parentage and surrogacy, and child abduction, as well as identifying current key challenges faced in family law today. You will be able to prepare your client’s case and take steps to resolve the case, including the focus on mediation, and develop your advocacy skills to present cogent and clear arguments.
Wills, Probate and Private Client
The aim of this module is to give you the knowledge and understanding of the law and procedure relating to wills and probate. You will be able to advise a client on appropriate procedures and next steps for the administration of an estate. In addition, the module will introduce you to contentious probate, powers of attorney and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claims. On completion of the module, you will be able to draft wills and powers of attorney and administer both simple and taxable estates and understand the risks and how to minimise them.
The aim of this module is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to work in, or to start and maintain a successful practice in this complex and challenging field. You will have an overview of how the whole system works: the legislative underpinning for it, how it is administered, and what remedies there are for adverse decisions. You will consider in detail the main areas into which Immigration Law can be divided – Visits, Work & Study, Private & Family Life, Asylum, and Nationality and the practical ways in which clients can be assisted in achieving the resolution of their ‘immigration matters’. Finally, the module considers the circumstances in which people can be removed or deported from the United Kingdom, and whether this can be resisted on human rights grounds.
Trainees on the CPQ Professional stage are also required to evidence their competence via their Professional Experience portfolio. At this stage, their professional competence will also be assessed by CILEx Regulation, thus allowing a trainee to be authorised to practice in a specialist area of law.
Trainees who complete this level of qualification will become CILEX Lawyers.
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.
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
If you join CPQ directly at Professional stage, you will be expected to complete both Ethics and Professional Responsibility modules. For more information, see 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. At Professional stage, the evidence will also be assessed by CILEx Regulation against their Education Standards, thus allowing you to be authorised by the regulator to practice in your specialist area of law. For more information on the Professional Experience element of CPQ, see here.
In order to become a CILEX Lawyer, trainees will also need to ensure that they have their employment assessed by CILEx Regulation (CRL) as “qualifying” (see here for more information). Their Professional stage portfolio of evidence will also be assessed by CRL as part of the authorisation process. Regulatory fees for these activities can be found on this page.
CILEX Lawyers wishing to specialise in the areas of dispute resolution, family or criminal law will also be required to complete an Advocacy Skills Course, run by a CILEx Regulation Accredited Provider. For more information, click here.
Financial support is available for eligible candidates through CILEX Lawyer Scholarships funded by the CILEX Foundation.
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