About the CILEx Route
CILEx is the most accessible route to a rewarding career as a qualified lawyer – it is open to those holding GCSEs, A-levels or a degree.
The length of time students study is flexible – students can chose their own pace for when they sit their CILEx exams and can fast-track those, or take breaks – therefore the length of study time until course completion will vary accordingly.
Studying for CILEx qualifications costs much less than a university degree. On top of a degree, law graduates still face post-graduate legal qualifications (the LPC or BPTC) to become a lawyer. An LPC will cost between £6,000-£10,000 and a BPTC will cost between £8,000 and £11,000.
However CILEx now offers a Graduate Fast-track Diploma which typically costs around £2,775 and takes around one year to complete through part-time study.
CILEx holds an annual graduation ceremony, which your family can attend.
You don’t need a training contract or pupillage to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer (these are very hard to secure and are currently mandatory to become a solicitor or barrister).
CILEx Fellows who wish to dual qualify as solicitors are usually exempt from the SRA's 2-year training contract.