General Pathway

General Pathway

For key details, scroll through our pathway on this page or click on the titles below to go directly to the right section on this page.  Alternatively, download our General Pathway diagram.

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Diploma in Law and Legal 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.   Certificate in Law and Practice

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

The Certificate consists of 5 units, three units are mandatory and two elective.  The Certificate provides both a broad introduction to law and the opportunity to focus on a specific practice area. 

CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice - Rules of combination:

Introduction to Law and Practice*
Client Care Skills*
Legal Research Skills*
Elective Law Unit
Elective Practice Unit   (law and practice units must link)

* mandatory units for Level 3 Certificate

  • Recommended entry level: Starting or developing a career in 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.   CILEx Professional Diploma in Law and 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, practice and skills, to ensure that CILEx members are well prepared for a career in law, which is particularly important when considered against the background of continuing changes in the legal sector. There is also room for unit choices to reflect specialist interests.

Level 3 Diploma - Rules of combination:

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*
Criminal Law*
Law of Tort*
Contract Law*
Land Law*
Plus 3 elective units - 2 of which must be in Practice:
Elective practice units:
Civil Litigation
Conveyancing or Residential & Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing
Criminal Litigation
Probate Practice or The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client
The Practice of Employment Law 
The Practice of Family Law  or The Practice of Child Care Law
Elective law units: 
Employment Law
Family Law
Law of Wills and Succession

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 Litigator and Advocate.

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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CILEx Professional Higher Diploma in Law and 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.

  • 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.

Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Legal Practice - Rules of combination:

Law Unit
Law Unit
Law Unit
Practice Unit
Client Care Skills*
Legal Research Skills*
List of Law Units
List of Practice Units

* These units are mandatory for Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma.

  • 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 in Law and Practice 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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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. See Qualifying Employment section below for 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:

Client Care Skills
Plus 2 elective units:
Elective units:                        
Civil Litigation
Conveyancing
Criminal Litigation
Probate Practice
The Practice of Company and Partnership Law 
The Practice of Employment 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, Senior Litigator; 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 or Litigator and Advocate, 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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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 have your role assessed 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 will still 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:

CILEx Fellows are able to gain Advocacy or Litigation and Advocacy rights in Civil Proceedings.

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 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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CILEx Chartered Legal Executive Litigator and Advocate

Chartered Legal Executives can be awarded Litigation and Advocacy rights by CILEx Regulation for authorisation to conduct litigation and appear in court as an advocate in (civil/criminal/family) proceedings, without supervision.

Applying for Litigation and Advocacy Rights

You can apply for Advocacy Rights alone or for Litigation and Advocacy Practice Rights together.

Applications are open to Chartered Legal Executives who are qualified and suitably experienced.

Application steps:

When the application is approved, an Advocacy or Litigation and Advocacy Certificate is issued with a Practicing Certificate to become a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate or CILEx Litigator and Chartered Legal Executive Advocate.

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 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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