Distance Learning

Distance Learning

Where travel to a study centre is difficult you may wish to consider studying by distance learning.

You can also study via distance-learning through Brightlink LearningCardiff College Online, CILEX Law SchoolGuildford College, Law Training Centre (Kent) LtdNCG Direct, Newham CollegeThe Law Academy or Professional Vocational Training

Not sure if distance learning is for you? Read a case study of one of our students who chose to study for her CILEx qualification through distance learning…

Katy Douglas (24), Associate member

Like so many teenagers Katy didn’t have a definite career in mind when she was in school.

“I went into the sixth form with the intention of going to university,” said Katy, and with that the possibility of becoming a teacher, but on reflection decided it was not for me. I didn’t really relish the though of the time at university, but wanted to get out and work.

“At that time I hadn’t really given a career law a thought. It was my History teacher who first suggested that being a lawyer might be a good career for me.

“I thought about this and leaving school, I quite fancied being a legal secretary and so decided to get a qualification. It was my local college in Solihull that suggested that I did the CILEx course for a Legal Secretary qualification.

“I also wanted a job,” she says, “so sent my CV around to a number of law firms in the Birmingham area. About a month into my course, I started with Anthony Collins as a junior while I trained, and have been with them ever since. I am now working in the Dispute Resolution department for one of the Partners.

“I am about to start my CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, which is equivalent to A-level law and is the first step in becoming a Legal Executive lawyer. It will take me about two years study, and I chose to lean by distance leaning through the CILEx Law School. I chose the CILEx Law School to study through rather than a local college as I like the flexibility distance learning gives me to fit in my studies around my life and work, but also for the fact that there are still tutors I can contact and talk to as well.

“I really enjoy the work in dispute resolution and find law fascinating,” Katy says. “The partner I work for has been very supportive of my decision to go on to train to be legal executive lawyer and is very helpful. The firm has also been really great about encouraging me to train, and even help with some of the course fees. I am also lucky that there is as there are a number of legal executives in the firm and a good CILEx network, so I have plenty of opportunity to draw on the experience of other CILEx members who are further on in their training than I am.

“I know I have a long way to go, but I am really looking forward to the day that I qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.”