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Leah Hester – defending clients in criminal matters


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.

11/03/2019


Working in dispute resolution – Hayley Gaffney


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.

08/02/2019


Studying with CLS has allowed me to become a fee-earner


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.

27/11/2018


A thriving legal career thanks to CLS after an accidental introduction to law


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


Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies was the ideal starting point after a long study break


Executive Assistant Emma Cleland describes how completing the CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies was the perfect way to embark on her legal studies:


‘My studies have given me greater understanding of what is expected of a legal secretary’


Dina Gifkins explains how working towards her CILEx Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries has given her a greater understanding in her role as Executive Assistant in a university’s in-house legal department.


Studying with CLS worked for me when the traditional, academic route didn’t


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:


Working and studying meant I was able to put my newfound knowledge into practice


Vidhya Panchal is a Graduate Member of CILEx, having completed her CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma with CILEx Law School. She works as a Residential Conveyancer for a solicitors’ practice in the Midlands.


Using the Graduate Fast-track Diploma as a cost-effective way towards qualifying as a lawyer


Nicola Wall has become a Graduate Member of CILEx (GCILEx) after completing her Graduate Fast-track Diploma (GFTD) with CILEx Law School. She now intends to complete her period of qualifying employment to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.


Helping couples become the legal parents of a surrogate child is my favourite area of family law


Kristina Steele discovered her passion for law while working as a legal Personal Assistant. The family law trainee Legal Executive and Graduate Member of CILEx (GCILEx) is now working towards qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive.


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