How to apply

How to apply for CILEx qualifications

Entry to CILEx is open to all and how you study with us does depend on the qualifications you already have:

No Law Degree:

If you don't hold a qualifying law degree there are two stages of CILEx qualifications. Stage one is the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. This is set and assessed at 'A' level standard. Students may complete the smaller (5 unit) CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice en route to achieving the Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Stage two is the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice. This qualification is set and assessed at honours degree level. Students must achieve one Level 6 Legal Practice Unit, three Level 6 Law units and both Professional Skills units. One Law Unit must be in an area of law which underpins the practice area taken.

Once you have completed your studies and a period of qualifying employment you will then be able to apply to become a Fellow of CILEx and use the designation FCILEx.

Law Degree:

If you already hold a qualifying law degree or GDL, then choose the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma. This is a cost-effective alternative to the LPC or BPTC. It typically costs under £3000 (including all CILEx exam and membership fees) and takes around 9 months to one year of part-time study.

To complete your academic studies required to be a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer you just need to study two CILEx Level 6 Practice units (one of which must relate to the subjects you studied within your law degree), and the CILEx Level 6 Client Care Skills unit.

More information on CILEx qualifications

We have a dedicated careers website with a wealth of information on CILEx qualifications and how to take your next steps with CILEx.

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CILEx recognises prior learning in law. Our trained and qualified team can advise on the best options available for an individual to start and progress their journey in the legal profession. 

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