Membership grades and fees

Membership Grades and Fees

Membership Grade          Cost
 Student  £96
 Associate £204 
 Graduate £240
 Fellow £364

Note: There will be a one-off initial registration fee of £40 (non-refundable) which is payable in addition to the below fees. The CILEX subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December each year. Depending on when you join during the membership year the membership fee will be calculated on a pro-rata basis from the month of registration to 31 December.

Membership grade                        
Requirements for the grade

Fees for first-time registrations

Student Member*
For those wishing to enter the legal profession; those who have no relevant legal qualification.
• £40 registration fee
• £96 annual membership fee

Associate Member*
For those who have completed their CILEX Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, or who are graduates with Qualifying Law Degrees. Associate members will be entitled to use the designatory letters ACILEX after their name.   • £40 registration fee
• £200 exemption fee
• £204 annual membership fee

Graduate Member*
For those who have completed both their CILEX Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and their CILEX Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice; our Graduate Fast-track Diploma; or who are Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (formerly the Bar Vocational Course or BVC) graduates. Graduate members will be entitled to use the designatory letters GCILEX after their name. 

• £40 registration fee
• £400 exemption fee
• £240 applicable membership fee

Fellow Member*
For those who have completed the academic stage of training, been in qualifying employment for at least 3 years (of which at least one must be in the Graduate membership grade of CILEX) and have met the Work Based Learning outcomes, and have been so authorised by CILEx Regulation.

CPD requirement - 9 CPD outcomes. Please note at least 5 of your 9 CPD outcomes must be planned with at least 1 of the 5 planned outcomes being in professionalism.
• £364 applicable practising certificate fee
Application fees for QE and WBL apply in order to obtain this grade of membership

Discounted fees for eligible members outside of the main membership grades

Membership grade         
Requirements for the grade

Annual fees

Dual Qualified*  
If you are a qualified member of another legal professional body i.e. Law Society, Council of Licensed Conveyancers etc, you may apply for the Dual Qualified rate.
Please note Fellows will not be issued with a Practising Certificate if granted with the Dual Qualified rates.

If you are not working within a law environment or the work you undertake is not of a legal nature you may apply for the following reduced subscription rate. The non-practising grade of membership is not available during the first 12 months of membership
If you have retired you are eligible for this grade of membership

Paternity Grade*
You may be in this grade of up to 2 years

*It is the responsibility of the member to ensure that they are in the appropriate grade at all times. We are therefore unable to offer any refunds for retrospective membership subscription fees.  

Associate Prosecutors

CILEX is pleased to have worked with the CPS in order to bring Associate Prosecutors into membership. CILEX now provides Associate Prosecutors with an independent regulator, just as the solicitors and barristers employed within the CPS have their regulatory bodies. This development demonstrates that the CPS, the Attorney-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions recognise that CILEX is able to regulate its members in the public interest and in the interests of the administration of justice, and to ensure that Associate Prosecutors are appropriately trained to carry out their duties in accordance with the standards of conduct prescribed by the CPS and CILEX.

Individual Associate Prosecutors benefit from being brought within the broader legal profession with other CILEX members. They have the opportunity to link into the mainstream CILEX qualification scheme. They, the public and other legal professionals will have the reassurance that any allegations of misconduct or impropriety will be carefully and independently investigated and adjudicated. An Associate Prosecutor who is excluded from CILEX membership would cease to be able to work as an associate prosecutor.