Choosing the CILEx route after an LLB – Rachel Oldham

I graduated in Law from John Morris University and began working as a graduate clerk while looking for a training contract. I always seemed to just miss out on being offered a contract and in the meantime I got work as a graduate clerk before taking up a post as a paralegal with Weightmans LLP.

When I arrived there I discovered that some of my colleagues were in the process of their CILEx training. Although I had heard of ‘Legal Executives’ before then, I was unaware how to gain this status and I was keen to learn more. I was delighted when my employer encouraged me to apply for the course with CILEx Law School and agreed to pay 50% of my course fees for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma.

CILEx recognised that my previous work experience contributed to my qualifying employment so that I have now qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive.

When I started my CILEx training I was running my own caseload as I had already had a number of years’ practical experience, but I wasn’t receiving the same recognition or remuneration as my solicitor colleagues, who were managing similar files.

I found studying the course with CILEx Law School very helpful. I could fit my studying around work and home life. There was always someone available to speak to if I required assistance. The materials provided were very detailed and easy to read.

The initial welcome days were helpful as I was able to discover what was required of me during the course.I found the revision days extremely helpful and well taught. I would advise everyone to attend the revision day before taking an exam.

I also found working and studying very helpful as I had a working knowledge of Civil Litigation when studying.

Now that I have finished my training, my status as a qualified lawyer is fully recognised by Weightmans, where I am now working as a Chartered Legal Executive in the Motor Investigation Unit.

I wish I would have been made aware of qualifying via CILEx much earlier and I have encouraged numerous people to take this route in to Law.