‘If I had to do it all over again, I would choose to do distance learning with CILEx Law School’

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.

What prompted your interest in pursuing a career in law and how did you get started?

I studied A-level law at college which confirmed to me that it was something I had a passion for. After college, I wanted to begin my career in law. So, rather than going to university I started my CILEx journey and worked with a law firm whilst I studied.

In what role are you currently working, and how have your studies helped your career progress?

I am currently a Trainee Legal Executive in the Family Care Team department at Bevirs Law. I have always wanted to be a lawyer. By the end of next year, I hope to be a qualified Chartered Legal Executive and a Fellow of CILEx.

I have found that my studies have helped me feel more confident in terms of applying the law and gaining an understanding of how to think like a lawyer.

How have you found the experience of distance learning with CILEx Law School?

I have enjoyed distance learning. It is so flexible as you can study in your own time, rather than having a set weekly lesson to go to. You can choose the courses you do, and whilst it may seem daunting that you do not see your tutor face-to-face, CILEx Law School has a lot of support in place to help with queries.

The Student Area has additional resources as well as your text book and the study exercises help you to test how much you know, or how well you understand a topic. My tutors marked my work in detail which meant that when I hadn’t done something quite right, I knew how to improve for the future.

You can phone the academic support line or check out the forums on the Student Area as, more often than not, there will be another student with the same query as you. You have to be motivated to study by distance learning, but it is such an achievement when you get the results.

If I had to do it all over again, I would choose to do distance learning with CILEx Law School rather than going to a college to do the CILEx course.

Which resources have you found most useful?

My most positive experience relates to the revision support. The revision sessions run by CILEx Law School are incredibly helpful. It is useful to be able to have face-to-face discussions about the subject and exam. I also found the revision guides helpful as this enabled me to focus my revision on key areas, and then expand on the information from the main text book.