School Leaver – Jonny
The School Leaver
An Associate Member of CILEX
The CILEX option has to be considered by all keen aspiring lawyers of the future. It gives you the chance to be proactive and achieve all you are capable of as soon as you are capable of doing so.
Following my A-Levels, I chose the CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice as opposed to going to university. This course has been funded entirely by BLM.
I chose the CILEX route as it gave me control over my future. CILEX allowed me to avoid following a prescribed route and coming out of university only to be surrounded by others in an identical situation fighting desperately for the few training contracts available. You really need to give consideration to what will help you stand out when it comes to trying to get a legal job. This is an area that is fiercely competitive with incredibly good candidates to compete with.
I handle a personal injury case load of litigated files, up to a value of £50,000. I act for major insurers and have handled my own cases at BLM since the age of 19.
The training I have received, academically through CILEX and practically through my employer is invaluable. CILEX have given me an academic qualification debt free to the same standard as a law degree and have taught me the law. BLM have taught me to be a lawyer.