Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

In 2021, CILEX will be introducing a new qualification framework – the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ). If you start studying a CILEX Level 3 qualification now, you will have until November 2023 to complete it.

Due to the introduction of CPQ, students wishing to complete a Level 3 qualification must be registered as a CILEX Student Member by 31 May 2021, after which online registration to legacy membership will close. If you are effected by this, please contact our customer services team.

However, you will have the right to transition to the CPQ framework at any time during this transition period. Details of which Level 3 units to complete so that this transition can be as smooth as can be found here


The Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice was developed to recognise the growing number of students who are either interested in a short but rounded introduction to Law and Practice or have a specific learning need within an area of Law and Legal Practice.

This qualification consists of five units, which are individually accumulated. The units are chosen from a suite of 19 units in accordance with the qualification rules (see below). Each unit is regarded as a worthwhile achievement in its own right, and certification is available at unit level.

Students can complete the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice en-route to the larger (10 unit) Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice – Qualification Rules

You can choose from a suite of 19 units to build up your Certificate qualification. To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice, you must achieve five units in accordance with the following rules:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice
  • Unit 16 Client Care Skills
  • Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
  • Plus one Practice unit (chosen from the nine Practice units options)
  • The Law unit linked to the Practice unit you have chosen.

There are numerous specialist pathways for studying law, and developing legal careers in different fields of law, to suit the needs of the individual and legal sector. You can find a selection of example pathways for different specialist legal practice areas by following this link.