How to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive

A Chartered Legal Executive is a qualified lawyer specialising in a particular area of law. There are great opportunities for Chartered Legal Executives to work in law firms, in corporate in-house legal departments, or in local or national government.

If you have already achieved an LLB or GDL

This page covers the route to qualification for anyone who does not have a law degree or graduate diploma in law. If you do have either of these qualifications, you will benefit from exemptions and only need to study the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma.

How to qualify

1. Entry requirements

Though there are no formal entry requirements, we recommend that you hold at least one of the following qualifications prior to enrolling onto a CILEx Level 3 courses:

  • Level 2 Intermediate Legal Administration Apprenticeship
  • CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies
  • minimum of four GCSE grades C or above or 9-4 , including English language or literature, or qualifications at an equivalent level
  • non-law degree

CILEx membership level on enrolment: Student

2. First stage of training

This initial stage is called the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and is made up of ten CILEx Level 3 units. It incorporates the five-unit CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice within it, so it is usually achieved by studying:

CILEx membership level on completion: Associate

3. Second stage of training

The final academic stage of the training is comprised of the following qualification:

CILEx membership level on completion: Graduate

4. Qualifying employment

In addition to the academic component, qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive also includes a work experience component which is referred to as qualifying employment. The following requirements apply:

  • it must be comprised of a minimum of three years’ experience
  • the final two years must be served consecutively
  • the final year must be in the Graduate Member grade of CILEx
  • you will need to complete of a portfolio of evidence which shows that the work-based learning criteria have been met
  • you should register for the scheme before starting to collate your portfolio of evidence

CILEx membership level on completion: Fellow

Further information

A key feature of the CILEx qualifications is the flexibility they offer. You can spread the overall period of study for each of the qualifications over a long period of time if you need to do that to keep on top of other commitments.

There is no time limit within which the units that contribute to each of the qualifications need to be studied. This means that you can study individual units at your own pace, fitting them in around family and work. You can even take a complete break from studying to fit in major life events.

Read how some of our students have taken advantage of the flexibility of the CILEx qualifications.

Exemptions from part of the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice may be available if you have A-level Law, or if you hold a CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies.

These are granted at the discretion of CILEx so you should confirm your entitlement with the CILEx Assessment Team before enrolling on any courses with CILEx Law School.

If you have a qualifying law degree you need only complete the units leading to the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma to achieve Graduate Membership of CILEx. Exemption fees are payable in respect of the law units.

You will find further information on the individual course pages and on the How our CILEx courses work page.

You should register with CILEx as a member at the same time as you enrol on your training courses with CILEx Law School. Your level of membership will depend on your current qualifications.

You will find further information on the individual course pages and on the How our CILEx courses work page.

Please note that CILEx Law School is a course provider. We only charge you our course fees and any associated administration costs.

In addition to courses fees, in order to sit CILEx exams (unless you are only sitting single CILEx Level 6 units), you will need to register as a member of CILEx, which will incur an annual membership fee.

You will also be required to register for your exams with CILEx and charges will be payable for this.

You will find further information on the individual course pages and on the How our CILEx courses work page.

You can also qualify or part-qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive via the apprenticeship route by undertaking a Paralegal Apprenticeship or the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship.