Bank holiday joy for thousands

Bank holiday joy for thousands of CILEx students

23 August 2013

Thousands of Chartered Institute of Legal Executive (CILEx) students will be celebrating this August bank holiday weekend, as more than 6,000 students receive their law exam results.

Today 65% of CILEx students will receive a pass for their Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice units, which are set and assessed at A-Level equivalent, and 56% of students will find out they’ve passed their Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice units, which are set and assessed at Honours Degree level.

Head of Qualifications at CILEx, Alison Hollyer, said: “CILEx congratulates all those who have passed their June exams. Year after year, CILEx students continue to showcase the flexibility, affordability and accessibility of the route into law that CILEx offers. The majority of our students balance their studies with a family or full time work, which is truly commendable.”

Alison continued: “CILEx qualifications are increasingly popular and 60% of our students are now funded by their employer. Students also prefer the flexibility of CILEx as it means they can earn as they learn and avoid the debts that going to university would entail. As well as the standard CILEx route, and our popular Graduate Fast-Track Diploma, CILEx is now involved in government-funded apprenticeships. We launched the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services earlier in the year and will offer the Level 3 from September. All these routes can only help increase the options available for someone wishing to enter the legal profession.”

Over 70 accredited centres across England and Wales and a small number of overseas centres now offer CILEx professional qualifications to become qualified paralegals or fully qualified lawyers.

The entire CILEx route to become a Chartered Legal Executive and qualified lawyer (including membership, examination and tuition fees) costs around £8,000; this is much more cost effective than a three-year law degree with tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year, followed by additional postgraduate training costs of around £12,900 to become a solicitor or £15,750 to become a barrister.