The results of the CILEx exam session held in June 2014 have indicated the success of the apprenticeship model. 74 current apprentices taught by CILEx Law School achieved a pass rate of 90% in their Level 3 CILEx exams. The Level 3 exams form part of the technical certificate of both the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services and the Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services.
Amongst the passes were 21 distinctions and 15 merits. Two of the students achieved 93% in their exams: one in Tort and one in Civil Litigation.
Government funding for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services was introduced in September 2013, and the June 2014 session was the first one in which apprentices were examined in written exams. Several apprentices had already taken a multiple choice exam for the Introduction in Law and Practice unit in January 2014.
The exams for the law and practice units taken in June are each one and a half hours long and based on an unseen paper. The units included Tort, Contract, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Wills and Succession, Land Law and Conveyancing. Level 3 is equivalent to A Level in academic standard.
Professional skills units in Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills are based on coursework.
The apprentices were all recruited by their employers last summer in order to take advantage of the new legal services apprenticeships.
Jenny Pelling, Business Director at CILEx Law School, who has been responsible for implementing the apprenticeship model within the law school, said: “It is such a pleasure to see our apprentices having done so well. I am delighted not only for them, but also for our employer clients who were early adopters of the apprenticeship model for legal services. I hope that these results will give other firms the confidence to employ young people as apprentices.
“As well as being successful in their exams, the apprentices are now contributing significantly in the workplace, having been working through their skills-based competence units at the same time as studying for their law and practice exams.”
Overall results from CILEx Law School in the June 2014 exam session saw almost 2,000 examinations across 42 different CILEx units, with a pass rate of 80% at Level 3 and 72% at Level 6. The overall pass rates for all CILEx examinees were 66% at Level 3 and 60% at Level 6.