CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

The five-unit CILEx Level 3 Certificates in Law and Practice are paralegal qualifications offered in a variety of legal practice areas. The Certificates are standalone qualifications but can also form part of the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. CILEx Law School offers these paralegal qualifications by distance learning.

Who are these qualifications for?

These qualifications serve a wide variety of purposes and are suitable for:

  • anyone wishing to gain an entry-level qualification in law, perhaps as a more practical alternative to law A-level

  • those looking to have a qualification to assist with getting a foot in the door of the legal profession

  • paralegals and legal administrators in law firms who wish to develop into a file-handling role

  • legal secretaries in law firms who wish to build on their legal secretarial experience

  • those dealing with employment or contractual matters, debt recovery, mortgage lending, personal injury, insurance or children’s services

  • the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice also contributes to the first stage of Chartered Legal Executive training, so you could build on the qualification if you find you have an aptitude for legal study.

Available practice areas

The CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice is available in 10 practice areas:

What will I study?

Each CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice focuses on a specific practice area and there are ten to choose from. To achieve a Certificate, you need to study five courses in total:

Three mandatory units

You will need to study three mandatory units as part of your Certificate, including an introductory unit and two professional skills units:

One law and one practice unit

You select one of the following combinations, depending on the area of law that you are most interested in:

Course information

You may not need to do introductory unit if you already hold a relevant qualification such as a law A level. Information on exemptions is given on the How our courses work page. If you are entitled to this exemption then you can buy individual courses or alternative packages for the remaining four units.

Our CILEx courses are delivered by supported distance learning, and you can enrol on any course at any time of year. You will benefit from a wide range of support every step of the way.

Learner support information

CILEx Law School is committed to the provision of accessible learning and ensuring that all students are afforded equal opportunities throughout their studies. If you require reasonable adjustments in relation to a disability, health condition or learning difficulty, or if you would like additional information, please email our Learner Support Advisor (LSA) at

CILEx membership and exam fees

CLS courses prepare you for the exams for the units that make up the qualifications. Exams are set by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). You will need to become a member of CILEx and pay membership fees. Exam fees are also payable. Please refer to the How our CILEx courses work or individual course pages to find out more.

Planning your studies

Our trained Customer Service Advisors can help you decide which practice area is best for you. Not only can they advise on subject selection, but they can also help you to decide on the number of courses you should enrol on at one time. Most members of our Customer Service Team have studied our distance learning CILEx Level 3 courses and so they can advise you from personal experience.