A spokesman for Minster Law said: “We pride ourselves on providing a structured and supportive programme of development opportunities for our employees and our CILEx Academy is testament to this. “
Although training is delivered by distance learning, an induction is provided by CILEx Law School to set the scene for the students and make sure all initial questions are answered.
Learning and Development Manager, Nicola Goodman, who delivers the in-house teaching, said: “The team at Minster Law has gone to enormous effort to promote the CILEx Academy. Many firms would be envious of the supportive culture you have put in place to support your learners. There were certainly some very good candidates and lots of questions from students.”
Six students have also achieved the smaller three-unit CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma, which is the academic qualification comprising three Level six units for those who already hold a law degree. Those who have achieved Graduate Membership through the GFTD route include Lisa Nurse, who started her legal career as a Legal Assistant in 2011.
“I was very excited to learn about qualifying through CILEx which was something Minster Law also are very passionate about,” explains Lisa. “Since I joined the company, I have moved through six different internal departments and roles, with both Minster Law and my CILEx studies assisting my progression. As I had completed my law degree but not my Legal Practice Course, the Graduate Fast Track Route was ideal for me to obtain qualifications for the job I was already doing, in order to improve my skills. Subsequently, I am currently in the process of compiling my portfolio in order to obtain Fellowship status.”