Facts, Figures, Statistics
Below are some bullet points about our qualification, membership
and history. Or download our CILEx Infographic printable version
About CILEx and its Members:
CILEx was first formed as the Solicitors
Managing Clerks Association in 1892, becoming the Institute of
Legal Executives (ILEX) in 1963, and then the Chartered Institute
of Legal Executives (CILEx) in January 2012.
CILEx has around 20,000 members, who are
either paralegals, legal professionals, or qualified Chartered
Legal Executive Lawyers (of which there are around 7,500).
Over 250 Chartered Legal Executive Partners in Law Firms.
Over 100,000 people have chosen CILEx as their
route to become a lawyer since 1989.
As well as being an awarding body for
qualifications for trainee lawyers, CILEx also works in
partnership with City&Guilds, the UK’s largest awarding
body. In conjunction with City&Guilds, CILEx offers a
range of legal studies and legal secretary qualifications which are
available in over 80 centres in the UK and overseas.
All CILEx members are independently regulated.
Social Mobility and Diversity
On average, 74% of our members are women, and
more than a third of our new student members are black or of a
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.
41% had A levels on joining CILEx. 21% only
had GCSEs or O levels.
75% attended a state school. Only 9% went to a
fee-paying school. 17% of their households received income support
or free school meals.
Generally people chose the CILEx route due to
affordability. Our surveys have found that 48% of members say that
they chose the CILEx route as they couldn’t afford either Uni or
the GDL/LPC/BVC routes:
Investment in training engenders loyalty and
retention. Our members are very loyal to their employers (who often
sponsor their employee for membership subs and exam fees):
58% of current level 3 students receive
assistance from employer for annual membership fees and 60% get
their course tuition fees paid. In return, two thirds of our
members remained with their employer during their CILEx studies and
three quarters of our members remained with employer after their
studies had completed.
Find out more about the profile of Chartered Legal Executives in
the 2015 CILEx Omnibus Survey