James Spargo is a Graduate Member of CILEx. The Litigation Executive feels the knowledge and understanding gained through his CILEx studies have given him an increased level of responsibility and salary than had he done a law degree and the LPC
Leoni Gee is a Graduate Member of CILEx who is now working towards qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive. She describes how studying with CILEx Law School suited her style of learning much better than going to university:
‘The CILEx route bridges the gap between dreaming about becoming a lawyer and actually living out that dream’
When Ann Deavall left school she was told that she would make a good secretary. Thanks to studying with CILEx Law School she is instead a Fellow of CILEx and the first-ever person in her family to qualify as a lawyer.
Jordan Barrow chose to join a law firm and study for CILEx qualifications through CILEx Law School instead of going to university.
Alex Lawrence is a Graduate Member of CILEx currently working at Fraser Dawbarns LLP. She will become a qualified Chartered Legal Executive on completion of her qualifying employment. She describes how her colleagues encouraged her to study with CILEx Law School – and how her studies have benefited her in her job.
I had a place at university to begin in 2010, however, due to a change in personal circumstances I decided it was not appropriate for me to go, so I started work in customer service. I then applied for a job as a Customer Claims Assistant in the legal department of the travel company I was working in, dealing with personal injury complaints from customers. I heard about the CILEx route to qualifying as a lawyer through my employer who had funded the studies of other members of the department via the CILEx route, and I enrolled on my first courses at the age of 20.
I left school at 16 and am now a qualified solicitor and legal team leader. When I left school at 16 I didn't know what I wanted to do, so I got a place on the Gloucestershire County Council apprenticeship scheme doing an NVQ in business administration. When I received my work placement I discovered that I was going to be working in the legal department. After about a year I had completed my NVQ and found myself becoming interested in the law.
When I left school I got a job in an insurance company where I developed an interest in law. I was lucky enough to get taken on by a firm of solicitors who were prepared to sponsor me through the CILEx Level 3 courses to train as a paralegal.
I completed my work experience at Cooper Sons Hartley and Williams assisting their receptionist for two weeks whilst I was in year 10 at secondary school. I returned to Cooper Sons every summer after to cover reception until they offered me a full time post as a legal secretary.
My first experience of the law was a week's work experience at a city law firm, Davies Arnold Cooper. I left the office at the end of the week knowing that I would definitely be returning, and that I wished to pursue a career in law.