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 choose when they take their CILEx units and can study at their own pace. They can fast-track their study or may decide to take breaks between units – therefore the length of study time until qualification completion will vary accordingly.
Studying for CILEx qualifications costs much less than a university degree. On top of a degree, law graduates still require post-graduate legal qualifications (the LPC or BPTC) to become a lawyer. An LPC will cost between £9,000-£12,000 and a BPTC will cost between £13,000 and £16,000.
CILEx offers a Graduate Fast-track Diploma which typically costs around £2,775 and, on average, takes around one year to complete through part-time study.
CILEx holds an annual graduation ceremony, which your family, friends and colleagues are welcome to 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.