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Becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer

If you do not have a law degree, there are two academic stages to qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive.

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Stage One - CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice is the first stage of academic training to become a Chartered Legal Executive. The Level 3 Professional Diploma is made up of a total of ten units, and is designed to give prospective Chartered Legal Executives a good grounding in all core areas of law and the flexibility to tailor the legal practice element of the qualification to their requirements.

After you have completed the Level 3 Professional Diploma you will become an Associate member of CILEx.

Read more about the Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Stage Two - CILEx Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice

The CILEx Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice is the second stage of training for non-law degree holders who wish to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive. After you have completed the Level 6 qualification you will become a Graduate member of CILEx.

Read more about the Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice.

Entry Requirements

To embark on the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, you are strongly recommended to have a minimum of four GCSE grades C or above, including English Language or Literature, or qualifications at an equivalent level.

You should register with CILEx as a member at the same time as you enrol on your training courses with CILEx Law School. Your level of membership will depend on your current qualifications.

Apply for membership securely online at the CILEx main website.

Qualifying Employment

In order to become a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive lawyer, you will also need to complete three years of qualifying employment.

In broad terms qualifying employment includes carrying out work of a legal nature under the supervision of a solicitor, senior Chartered Legal Executive, barrister or licensed conveyancer. Employment can be in legal practice, in the legal department of a private company or in local/national government.

You can start your qualifying employment before, during or after your studies. Most students are either working in a legal environment at the time that they start their studies, or obtain employment as a trainee Chartered Legal Executive lawyer during their period of studying, and this can count towards our qualifying employment requirements.

However the final year of the three-year period of qualifying employment cannot be gained until you have achieved your academic qualification. This means that you can complete up to two of the three years’ qualifying employment concurrently with your studying.

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