Specialist Pathway in Employment Law and Practice

Employment Law - Specialist Pathway in Employment Law and Practice

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives' (CILEx) specialist pathway in Employment, delivers the knowledge and experience of Employment Law and Practice in England and Wales.  The pathway educates on individuals' employment status, employment legislation, contracts of employment and their terms, termination of contracts, employee rights and protection from discrimination as well the effects of transfer of business.

Employment Lawyer

Download our Employment Law diagram for an overview of the pathway which prepares individuals for a legal career in employment law, from an employment case worker to an employment lawyer working on employment tribunal cases or case work in civil courts.

For key details and suggested course combinations, scroll through our pathway in Employment Law on this page or click on the titles below to go directly to the right section on this page.

Employment - CILEx Certificate - Diploma - Level 3 Employment  - Professional Higher Diploma Employment - Law Graduates - CILEx Fast-track Qualification Employment - Period of Qualifying Employment Employment - Fellowship - Charterted Legal Executive

Employment Law Pathway - Diploma in Law and Practice

Academic Stage 1

The academic Stage 1 Diploma can be achieved two ways:

1. In two steps: complete 5 units at certificate level and top up with 5 units to complete the Diploma
2. As one single Diploma program: complete 10 units.

1.   Employment Law Pathway - CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Employment Practice

The Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice addresses a growing need for a short but rounded introduction to law and practice, or a specific learning need within a specialist area of law and legal practice.

The Certificate consists of 5 units; the selection below provides both a broad introduction to law and a focus on Employment Law. Level 3 Employment Law and the Practice of Employment Law are needed at the Certificate or Diploma stage if following the advised Employment Law pathway. 

5 units, CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Employment Practice
Advised units for an Employment Law specialist career pathway:

Introduction to Law and Practice*
Client Care Skills*
Legal Research Skills*
The Practice of Employment Law
Employment Law

* mandatory units for Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

  • Recommended entry level: Starting or developing a career in Employment Law.
  • Role on commencement: Non-legal role, Legal Administrator or Legal Assistant, Legal Support role.
  • Level 3: Set and assessed at A-level standard.
  • Duration: 12-18 months.
  • CILEx Membership Grade; Student or Affiliate.
  • Progression: The Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice can be completed on the way to the full, 10 unit, Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Become a CILEx Member CILEx Study Centre
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. 

Student / Member or 
Centre / Training Provider:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845777 
Email: membership@cilex.org.uk

   
Employer:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845727  
Email: employersolutions@cilex.org.uk

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2.   Employment Law Pathway - CILEx Professional Diploma in Law and Legal Practice

The Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice offers a broad-based foundation across key areas of Law and :Legal Practice.

  • Legal support staff with a minimum of 2 years’ experience, paralegal apprentices, students and career changers may complete a Level 3 Professional Diploma qualification which consists of 10 units. 
  • The choice to complete the Certificate qualification and carry over 5 units into the Diploma is also possible.

This stage includes mandatory core units in law, to ensure that CILEx members are well prepared for a career in law against the background of continuing changes in the legal sector. There is also room for unit choices to reflect specialist interests such as Employment Law.

10 units, Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice. 
Advised units for an Employment Law specialist career pathway:

Introduction to Law and Practice* Completed Level 3 Certificate units may be carried over
 into the Level 3 Professional Diploma
Client Care Skills*
Legal Research Skills*
The Practice of Employment Law 
Employment Law
Law of Tort*
Contract Law*
Land Law*
Criminal Law*
Plus 1 elective practice unit
Elective practice units:
Civil Litigation
Conveyancing
Criminal Litigation

mandatory law units for Level 3 Diploma

  • Recommended entry level: Experience in a Legal Support role, a certified Paralegal Apprentice, a holder of a CILEx Diploma in Law & Legal Skills (tech level) or a career changer.
  • Role on completion: Paralegal Administrator, Paralegal Assistant, Case Handler or Officer: charged out fee-earning time at grade D of the guideline hourly rates.
  • Level 3: Set and assessed at A-level standard.
  • Duration: Full 10 unit program is 18-36 months, dependent on prior learning and exemptions.
  • CILEx Membership Grade: Student or Affiliate.
  • Progression: To Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice to become a Chartered Legal Executive and able to apply to become a Chartered Legal Executive Employment Lawyer.

Become a CILEx Member CILEx Study Centre

CILEx recognises prior learning. 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.

Student / Member or 
Centre / Training Provider:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845777 
Email: membership@cilex.org.uk

   
Employer:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845727 
Email: employersolutions@cilex.org.uk

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Employment Law Pathway - Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Legal Practice

Academic Stage 2

The Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice forms the final academic stage on the career pathway to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer in Employment Law. 

  • The CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice follows on from the level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.
  • CILEx offers pathways specifically designed for Law Graduates.

6 Units, Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice. 
Advised units for an Employment Law Specialist Career Pathway:

Employment Law*
The Practice of Employment Law*
Client Care Skills*
Legal Research Skills*
Plus 2 elective law units:
Elective units:
Company and Partnership Law 
Contract Law 
Criminal Law 
Equity and Trusts
Family Law
Immigration Law
Land Law
Landlord and Tenant Law
Law of Tort
Law of Wills and Succession
Public Law

* These units are highly recommended for Level 6 on a specialist pathway in Employment Law

  • Entry level: Completion of CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice  
  • Role on completion: Senior Paralegal, Senior Litigator; fee earning time can be set at Grade C of the guideline hourly rates.
  • Level 6: Set and assessed at Honours Degree level.
  • Duration: 24-36 months.
  • CILEx Membership Grade:
    • Start study as Associate Member after completion of Level 3 Diploma with designatory letters ACILEx.
    • On completion achieve Graduate Membership grade with designatory letters GCILEx.
  • Progression: Specialist Chartered Legal Executive, or CILEx Litigator and Advocate, following a required period in Qualifying Employment.

Become a CILEx Member CILEx Study Centre

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

Student / Member or 
Centre / Training Provider:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845777 
Email: membership@cilex.org.uk

   
Employer:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845727 
Email: employersolutions@cilex.org.uk

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Employment Law Pathway - Law Graduates

LLB/GDL Graduates

LPC/BVC/BPTC

  • Individuals with LPC/BVC/BPTC are exempt from all academic stages. 
  • Apply direct for exemption and complete the Qualifying Employment period as a CILEx Graduate Member. The Qualifying Employment section below advises on exemption applications.

LLB/GDL - Graduate Fast-track Diploma

The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma is for individuals with a Qualifying Law Degree (LLB/GDL). It is designed for graduates who want to qualify as a Lawyer without following the traditional and more costly Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) routes.

The Graduate Fast-track Diploma consists of 3 units

Advised units for an Employment Law specialist career pathway:

The Practice of Employment Law 
Client Care Skills
Plus 1 elective practice unit:
Elective units:                        
Civil Litigation
Conveyancing 
Criminal Law
Probate Practice
The Practice of Company and Partnership Law
The Practice of Family Law

  • Entry Level: 
    • LLB/GDL Graduates need to complete the CILEx Fast-track Diploma before they complete the final year of Qualifying Employment. 
    • LPC/BVC/BPTC can apply for exemption from academic qualifications and complete the Qualifying Employment period as a CILEx Graduate Member. 
  • Role on completion: Senior Paralegal; fee earning time set at Grade C of the guideline hourly rates. 
  • Level 6:  Set and assessed at Honours Degree level.
  • Duration: 125 hours.
  • CILEx Membership Grade:
    • Enrol as Associate Member designatory letters ACILEx (after application for exemption).
    • On completion achieve Graduate Membership grade with designatory letters GCILEx.
  • Progression: Specialist Chartered Legal Executive and Employment Lawyer, after the required period in Qualifying Employment

Become a CILEx Member CILEx Study Centre

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

Student / Member or 
Centre / Training Provider:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845777 
Email: membership@cilex.org.uk

   
Employer:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845727 
Email: employersolutions@cilex.org.uk

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Employment Law Pathway - Period of Qualifying Employment

A period of Qualifying Employment is required to achieve CILEx Fellowship and become a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.

The period of Qualifying Employment requires that the work is:

  • Subject to supervision by an Authorised Person and; 
  • At least 20 hours per week in work of a wholly legal nature.

The required Qualifying Employment period is a minimum of 3 years: 

  • At least 1 year has been served at the Graduate grade of membership GCILEx (post-graduation).
  • 2 years of consecutive Qualifying Employment are required immediately before the date of application for CILEx Fellowship, whilst completing a portfolio of evidence of 8 competencies called Work-based Learning.

The Qualifying Employment period can start before, during or after studying for qualifications. Time in work whilst studying may count if it meets the criteria; apply early to ensure the work is approved for Qualifying Employment and Work-based Learning.

LPC/BVC/BPTC

Law Graduates with LPC or BPTC can apply for exemption.

Up to 43 weeks exemption of the Qualifying Employment period may be granted; the remaining period in the workplace and the Work-based Learning portfolio need to be completed. 

Become a CILEx Member CILEx Study Centre

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

Student / Member or 
Centre / Training Provider:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845777 
Email: membership@cilex.org.uk

   
Employer:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845727 
Email: employersolutions@cilex.org.uk

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CILEx Fellowship / Chartered Legal Executive application

On completion of the period of Qualifying Employment, students are eligible to become a Chartered Legal Executive and CILEx Fellow and use the designatory letters FCILEx. 

The application process for CILEx Fellowship is in 2 stages:

Become a CILEx Member CILEx Study Centre

Get in touch with our experienced team of qualified advisers who are ready to advise you on the best way to develop a career in Employment Law.

Student / Member or 
Centre / Training Provider:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845777 
Email: membership@cilex.org.uk

     
Employer:

Phone: +44 (0)1234 845727 
Email: employersolutions@cilex.org.uk

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