If you hold a legal
qualification which is not listed in the CILEx Exemptions Table,
you can apply for unlisted exemptions. Your application will
need to show that you have met the following criteria:
- You have successfully
completed the qualification.
- You have completed the qualification at
an institution recognised by a regulatory authority or
professional body to provide learning and/ or award
- You have a certified certificate showing that
you have achieved the qualification.
- You have a transcript showing that you have
achieved the modules/units of the qualification for which you
are applying for exemption.
- The level of the modules or units you have
achieved are at the same level or above as the units for which you
are seeking exemption.
- Each of the modules/units you achieved and
for which you are seeking exemption shows substantial coverage of
the law applicable in England and Wales.
- The content/syllabus of the
modules/units you achieved covers at least 75% of the relevant
CILEx unit content.
A period of work experience will not be considered for
Guidance for Applicants applying for Unlisted Exemptions
Before making an application please read
carefully through the following guidance:
have been working towards a qualifying law degree but have not
achieved this and have obtained another degree, you should provide
a statement explaining how your qualification differs from a
qualifying law degree. CILEx reserves the right to request further
information in relation to this which may require you to seek
further information from your institution of study.
should only apply for Practice unit exemptions if you are confident
that the module/unit achieved shows substantial practical
application of the law through the syllabus content and assessment
methods. A qualifying law degree or similar programme is
unlikely to include substantial coverage of practical
must ensure that a copy of the qualification certificate is
appropriately signed and certified before submission. The person
certifying your certificate must be a practising or retired
professional registered with the appropriate professional body, for
example, a Chartered Legal Executive, solicitor, barrister or
licensed conveyance or must be a representative of an institution
recognised by a regulatory authority or professional body to
provide learning and or award qualifications and authorised to do
sign on the institutions behalf). Please note that CILEx will
carry out spot checks to confirm the authenticity of
documents. CILEx will not accept original certificates.
If you wish to make an
application please complete the Unlisted Exemption Form. CILEx will confirm its decision within 66 working
days of receiving your application, due to the high volume of applications. Please
note: that these timescales are subject to receiving
complete applications and may change according to the complexity of
applications and the volume received at peak application
There is £100 administration
fee payable upon application.
For any exemptions you are
awarded and which you apply you will be charged
Level 3 - £50 per unit
Level 6 - £92 per
Level 6 - £66 per
Professional Skills unit
- CILEx reviews its fees
annually. The fees set out above relate to applications for
unlisted exemptions submitted
1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020.