Delegate with confidence

Do your support staff or paralegals generate income directly for your business? If not, they can be converted into fee earners by enrolling them on courses leading to a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice.

The CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

This qualification is designed to give non-qualified staff the knowledge and expertise to handle standard case files, or standard transactions under supervision.

The Certificate comprises:

  • An introductory unit – an essential overview of the English legal system and the structure of the legal profession
  • A law unit – the underpinning knowledge needed by all fee earners
  • Its linked legal practice unit – necessary practical knowledge
  • Two professional skills units – the key skills of client care and legal research

Study time

Your firm can benefit quickly from these programmes. We recommend that the five units which make up the Certificate will require 290 hours of study in total, which is typically achieved over one year. However, this period can be reduced if study time is allocated during working hours.

Practice areas


If the staff members that you wish to develop do not have a client-facing role then you might consider enrolling them on the introductory unit – Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice, along with a law unit and its linked practice unit; for example: Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice plus Land Law and Conveyancing; Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice plus Tort and Civil Litigation. You can select from the law and linked practice subjects below:

Legal apprenticeships

We also strongly recommend that you look at the Paralegal Apprenticeship.

The programme is designed to deliver the knowledge, skills and behaviour to meet the Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard. It is aimed at school leavers who have the maturity to study law and possess good written English, paralegals or other current employees in administration or customer service who have the potential for development and those who have already completed an intermediate apprenticeship.