Joining FAQ

CILEx Membership - online application faq

The following frequently asked questions ("faq") should answer many of the queries raised by prospective and current members. Should this not be the case please contact the CILEx Membership Dept on 01234 845777 or email

My employer is paying my registration and subscription fee, can I still apply online?

The only way an online application can be made is via debit or credit card. If your employer wishes to be invoiced, you will need to contact the Membership Department and request a PDF version of the application form.

How much does membership cost?

The first year of membership involves a fixed Registration fee and the first year Membership Subscription fee. The Subscription fees vary according to grade which is determined according to Educational and Qualifying Employment status. Some grades may also incur other one off fees such as qualification Exemption fees. For more information see Membership Grades and Fees.

Can I pay the registration and subscription fee in instalments?

When registering for the first time, the fee must be paid in full. However, all further annual subscription fees can be paid via direct debit on a quarterly basis.

Can I get any funding to help pay for registration and subscriptions?

CILEx does not offer funding, but can recommend a number of companies that maybe able to help. For more information see Support for Students.

Do I need any formal qualifications to join as member?

We strongly recommend you have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above with one being English.

What evidence am I required to supply?

Graduates with a qualifying Law Degree and LPC or BPTC(formerly) BVC, are eligible to join CILEx as a Graduate Member. These applicants will be required to send in certified copies of their Degree and LPC/BPTC(BVC) certificates. All members are bound by the CILEx code of conduct.

Is there an age limit to apply and register as a member of CILEx?

You must be 16 or over to register.

Why is the Online Service not available between June and August?

The CILEx subscription year runs 1st Jan-31st Dec. Anyone joining CILEx after August each year joins for the following Subscription year, so in the first year receives member benefits for 15 months. There are specific procedures and preparations required for each new subscription year and CILEx closes the online service to allow this administration to take place. If at any time you need to discuss a new or an existing membership subscription please contact the Membership Department.