The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has celebrated its highest number of graduates in its 53 year history, with 275 Graduates, Fellows and Advocates being recognised at its annual 2016 Graduation and Admission Ceremonies. Three consecutive ceremonies were held to accommodate the record numbers.
At the ceremonies, held in Milton Keynes on Saturday, 1 October:
• 105 new Chartered Legal Executives were admitted as Fellows of the Institute;
• 168 Graduate members celebrated completing CILEx’s final academic stage, which is assessed at honours degree level.
Many Fellows and Graduates had completed some, or all, of their training through CILEx Law School.
Graduation scrolls were presented by CILEx’s president Martin Callan, who told graduates: “…you have more opportunities open to you now than ever before. You can practise independently in any area of law, you can become a partner in your firm, or even set up your own, and if you want to you can progress to become a judge. Work hard, be adaptable, stay ahead of the curve, and aim high.”
This year’s Fellows and Graduates will join the growing number of Chartered Legal Executives who recognise this as an excellent choice for a career in law. Recent research conducted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) by Nottingham Law School, has found that Chartered Legal Executives are now ‘less likely to want to become solicitors’. The research was carried out as part of the SRA’s Training for Tomorrow project, and surveyed 804 law students, graduates, paralegals, trainee solicitors and chartered legal executives online, followed up with 23 qualitative interviews.
Read Legal Futures’ report on the research.