I was unable to go on to further education when I left school due to family circumstances. I ran a business in the art industry for 15 years before deciding on a change of career into law and starting as a paralegal in the Criminal Motor Defence team of DAC Beachcroft.
I started as an Office Junior at a law firm when I left college at the age of 17 and then progressed to being a legal secretary in the Family Department in the same firm. Following maternity leave a few years later, I came to work at Coodes Solicitors as a PA for the Head of the Dispute Resolution Department before then deciding to undertake my studies with CILEx.
Graduate Member Charlotte Baughan has found studying with CILEx Law School such a positive experience that she is now looking to cross-qualify as a tutor and teach future generations of CILEx students.
John Hancock initially enrolled on a Contract Law course to help him better understand his role as a bid manager for an IT firm. That sparked his interest in the law in general, and he has recently become a Graduate Member of CILEx (GCILEx) after completing his CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice
Nicole Causey works as a Trainee Legal Executive with Irwin Mitchell’s Medical Negligence Team. Having completed her CILEx Level 6 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice she is a Graduate Member of CILEx. She now needs to do one more year of qualifying employment before applying to become a Fellow of CILEx which is the membership grade for a qualified Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.
Studying with CILEx Law School has allowed Tom Furneaux to follow his dream of qualifying as a solicitor without the need to attend university. Having completed his CILEx Level 6 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, he is now starting the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at De Montfort University and hopes to cross-qualify in four years’ time.
Michelle Godwin has just become a Graduate Member of CILEx (GCILEx) after completing her CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice. She is now working towards qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive before applying to become a Fellow of CILEx.
Subject to passing his final Level 6 exams, Simon Rowe will achieve Graduate membership of CILEx. He then plans to complete the qualifying employment period to become a Chartered Legal Executive.
Naomi Liston, a paralegal, describes her experience working towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive.
Esther Woodhouse talks about how she was able to tailor her CILEx studies to her and her employer's needs.