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: 

Why did you decide to progress your career by studying with CILEx Law School? 

I attended university for a year, but it just wasn’t working for me as the structure just didn’t suit the way I learn.  

After a period living and working in South Africa, I started working for a Birmingham based law firm. One of my colleague suggested that I should look at studying with CILEx as she believed I would be really good as a qualified Chartered Legal Executive. She suggested looking at CILEx Law School as someone else in the office was qualifying that way.  

What has been the most positive aspect of your studies with CILEx Law School? 

The ability to work at my own pace. Yes, it took me nine years from start to passing my final exam, but at least I have finished! I was able to resit exams when they didn’t go as well as I expected. 

I would recommend this route for anyone who doesn’t learn in the traditional way, ie lectures and lots of reading. I found being in the practical environment and having the opportunity to discuss things with people who do the work in practice helped me understand things better.  

I found that when I needed guidance and direction, people at CILEx Law School were very helpful, friendly and approachable – even when I thought my questions were stupid.  

What is your job – and what does it entail? 

I work as a Conveyancing Legal Assistant for QualitySolicitors Davisons. I joined the firm after almost four years with another practice in Birmingham. 

I assist with both the sale and purchases of properties for clients. This includes dealing with enquiries; doing reports on title and searches, to ensure there are no previously unapparent issues with the property; I get involved with the exchange of contract, where the contract to buy/sell becomes legally binding and then deal with the money side of things on completion.  

What is the most satisfying aspect of your role? 

I get a real buzz every time I get to call a buyer and let them know the purchase has completed, especially when they are first time buyers or when the transactions have been challenging because of enquiries or management information.