CILEx Level 6 Unit 18 Criminal Litigation

This CILEx Level 6 course will give you an in-depth knowledge of how to apply Criminal Law in practice. This is an advanced course, at the end of which you will have a very broad understanding of the application of the Criminal Law in England and Wales. It is written to deliver the CILEx syllabus, and is republished annually to ensure the content is up to date.

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Who is the course for?

This course is relevant if you are looking to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer. This course can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice and CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma qualifications.

It is also a standalone CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificate which is suitable if you are:

  • a law graduate paralegal working in a criminal litigation department within a legal firm
  • a solicitor swapping to this area of practice and looking for a refresher course.

We recommend that you should have studied Criminal Law at degree level already, or alternatively enrol on our CILEx Level 6 Unit 3 Criminal Law course at the same time. As an alternative to the Level 6 course you may also wish to consider our CILEx Level 3 Unit 11 Criminal Litigation course which delivers detailed knowledge of how to defend summary offences and how legal aid in criminal matters is currently administered.

At a glance

What is the course content?

The content of the course is designed to deliver knowledge of the CILEx syllabus. A key element of the course materials is the printed course manual which accompanies the online course materials (see How our CILEx course work).

Tables of contents and sample pages from the most recent edition of this manual are available below. These are updated as the new editions become available.

Induction day

Attendance at an induction is included as part of this course. The induction provides details on your course, with activities on timetabling and how to answer different styles of question. It will give you a great starting point to get the most out of distance learning.

We offer separate tailored induction days for CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law & Practice students and CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma students.

Essential course information

In addition to the overview below, you can find further information on the How our CILEx courses work page.

This course is delivered by supported distance learning, with on-line, face-to-face and telephone support. There are no fixed enrolment dates so you can enrol at any time of year. The course is valid for fifteen months and you need to complete all the study exercises and mock assignment within this period.

This unit will typically take 150 hours to complete including studying and revision. You can decide how you will allocate that time according to your other commitments. There will be at least two exam sessions (January and June each year) within the period of duration of your course, and you can select which you wish to aim for.

This course is set at Honours Degree standard.

For further information on the course resources please visit the How our CILEx courses work page.

The method of assessment for this unit is an unseen exam (3 hours in duration), held in January and June each year, set by CILEx and based on pre-release case study materials.

Please see the CILEx information section below for information on exam key dates and deadlines.

There are no formal entry requirements for CILEx Level 6 courses and qualifications. However, if you are following the Chartered Legal Executive training route, you will need to have completed (or be close to completing) your CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

If you hold a qualifying law degree, you can use this course towards the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma. You should contact CILEx prior to enrolling to confirm that you hold a recognised qualification.

It is possible to enrol on a Level 6 subject for a specialist knowledge without being, or intending to become, a CILEx member. Non-members taking Level 6 courses as Single Subject Certificates should have substantial experience in the sphere of law relevant to the their chosen subject or qualifications at GCSE, A-level standard or above. We strongly recommend that you should have studied at least at CILEx Level 3, or have a law degree, before enrolling on Level 6 as your first CILEx course.

Please note that in addition to the course fees, you will also incur additional costs:

  • It is necessary to become a member of CILEx if you wish to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive, so you will incur membership fees. Please see the ‘CILEx information’ section below.
  • You will incur examination fees, which are set by CILEx. Please see the ‘CILEx information’ section below.
  • Our practice courses include face-to-face revision sessions or webinars. We charge a £10 administration fee at the time of booking.
  • The cost of additional recommended text books.
  • Travel costs to attend face-to-face teaching sessions and to attend the exams set by CILEx.

CILEx information

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the CILEx membership body. You will deal with CILEx in matters relating to exams registration, locations and fees, as well as those relating to your CILEx membership (which is required unless you are sitting a single CILEx Level 6 unit).

Below you will find information on fees relating to membership and exams, as well as exam key dates and deadlines set by CILEx.

If you elect to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), the grade of member depends on your current status:

You must register as a member with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and pay the annual membership fee, to be eligible to enter the exam. There is one exception, which is if you are studying for a Level 6 Single Subject Certificate. The amount payable depends on the relevant membership level.

The CILEx subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December each year. Depending on when you join during the membership year the membership fee will be calculated on a pro-rata basis from the date of registration to 31 December.

Exams are held in January and June every year. When you enrol with us on a course we do not specify which exam session you should register for, as our courses are designed to offer maximum flexibility. You may have a lot of available time and wish to enter the first available exam, or you may need to use the full period of your course if you are fitting your studies around many other commitments. If you would like advice on which exam session to aim for, and how to use the exam sessions to spread your academic workload across the year, please contact us.

Each CILEx law and practice unit is examined by an unseen exam. The skills units, Client Care and Legal Research, are assessed by written assignment. An exam fee is payable for each exam you enter.

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