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Graduate Fast-track Diploma

The Graduate Fast-track Diploma

Duration: Varies, nine months to one year, part-time
Delivery method: Distance learning and centre-based learning
Fees: around £3103
Location: Accredited centres

What is the Graduate Fast-track Diploma?

The Graduate Fast-track Diploma (GFTD) is designed for those that have recently gained a qualifying law degree or GDL. It's a shorter qualification route to fulfilling your career ambitions by becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.

If you have graduated with a qualifying law degree or GDL you can take the GFTD to complete the academic part of your legal qualification. You just need to study two units from the range of Level 6 Practice subjects (one of which must relate to the subjects you studied within your law degree), and the Level 6 Client Care Skills unit to complete your academic studies.

You will then be eligible to become a Graduate Member of CILEx and use the designatory letters GCILEx. After three years’ experience, at least one of which must be accrued in the Graduate Member grade (see qualifying employment), you will be eligible to become a qualified lawyer and Fellow of CILEx and use the designatory letters FCILEx.


  • Qualification is inexpensive and you don’t have the LPC debt burden
  • Qualifying employment is easier to obtain compared with an elusive training contract
  • You don’t have to study the whole GFTD in one go- you can spread your studies out

Who is it for?

To commence the GFTD route, you must:

  • have achieved a qualifying law degree/GDL as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

What does the GFTD involve?

The GFTD is made up of three units: two CILEx Level 6 practice units + the Level 6 Client Care unit.

One of the practice units must link to a law subject that you have studied as part of your qualifying law degree/GDL. You may choose any one of the CILEx practice units as your second, irrespective of whether you studied the linked law unit. A list of the practice units and the law units to which they relate is given below as a guide.

Practice units Linked law units (already studied)
Unit 15: Civil Litigation Contract Law or Law of Tort
Unit 16: The Practice of Company & Partnership Law Company and Partnership Law
Unit 17: Conveyancing Land Law
Unit 18: Criminal Litigation Criminal Law
Unit 19: The Practice of Employment Law Employment Law
Unit 20: The Practice of Family Law Family Law
Unit 21: Probate Practice Law of Wills and Succession

Where can I study?

The Graduate Fast-track Diploma is available at the CILEx Law School as well as accredited centres across the country.

Register with CILEx

The first step towards commencing your GFTD is to read more on the CILEx exemptions policy and register for your exemptions along with registering to become a member CILEx. If you have a qualifying law degree*/CPE/GDL/PgDL and have paid the appropriate exemption fees, you will be eligible to register as an Associate member.

Associate members will be entitled to use the designatory letters ACILEx after their name, and be required to undertake 8 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per year. Annual subscription fees of £190 are payable in addition to one-off initial registration fee of £40.

*A qualifying law degree is one recognised as qualifying by the SRA. Please confirm with the SRA that your law degree is qualifying before applying for an exemption.

More Information

For more information on the GFTD contact CILEx by phone: +44 (0)1234 845777 or email: You can also complete our online enquiry form to receive our latest qualifications guide by post.

To speak with one of our representatives in-person, come along to one of our events.

More information on studying via distance learning can be found on the CILEx Law school website.

LPC Graduates

If you have already studied both a law degree and an LPC or BPTC then you are exempt from CILEx academic qualifications and do not need to study the Graduate Fast-track Diploma.