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What is a Chartered Legal Executive?

Legal executive lawyers are recognised as being one of the three core branches of the legal profession, alongside barristers and solicitors. Legal executives and solicitors do a very similar job, working alongside one another in private practice, local government and industry.

Why become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer – Facts & Figure About CILEx:

CILEx was first formed in 1892, becoming the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) in 1963, and then the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in January 2012.

Around 95,000 people have chosen CILEx as their route to become a lawyer since 1989.
CILEx opens up access to a career as a lawyer to all. 81.5% of our members do not have parents who attended university, and only 2% of our members have a parent who is a lawyer.

All CILEx members are independently regulated.

CILEx members can join their local CILEx branch and receive ongoing support and advice throughout their career.

 ‘As well as comprehensive weekly tutorials, there were thorough revision sessions, giving the essential preparation needed to excel in exams.

CILEx Graduate Fast-Track student

Benefits of studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive

Affordable and flexible route to becoming a lawyer
No need for previous legal qualification or experience
CILEx provides a Fast Track Diploma qualification for those who have a qualifying law degree
No need for a training contract – if you are employed in a legal position in any capacity whilst studying or thereafter, this will count towards your period of ‘qualifying employment’
Chartered Legal Executives can be appointed as partners in firms as well as judges


Becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer

If you do not have a law degree, there are two academic stages to qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive. Want to find out more? Why not watch this short video case study by Lawyer Catherine Rickett.

Stage One – CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice is the first stage of academic training to become a Chartered Legal Executive. The Level 3 Professional Diploma is made up of a total of ten units, and is designed to give prospective Chartered Legal Executives a good grounding in all core areas of law and the flexibility to tailor the legal practice element of the qualification to their requirements.

After you have completed the Level 3 Professional Diploma at LTC you will become an Associate member of CILEx. Read more about the Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Stage Two – CILEx Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice

The CILEx Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice is the second stage of training for non-law degree holders who wish to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive. After you have completed the Level 6 qualification at LTC you will become a Graduate member of CILEx.
Read more about the Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice.

Entry Requirements

To embark on the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, you are strongly recommended to have a minimum of four GCSE grades C or above, including English Language or Literature, or qualifications at an equivalent level.

Exemptions – Qualifying law degrees

If candidates already hold a qualifying law degree, they can take the CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma at LTC. Candidates just need to study two CILEx Level 6 Practice units (one of which must relate to the subjects studied within the law degree), and the CILEx Level 6 Client Care Skills unit to complete their studies. (Note: a qualifying law degree is defined as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority).

Read more about the CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma. 

Qualifying Employment

In order to become a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive lawyer, you will also need to complete three years of qualifying employment.

In broad terms qualifying employment includes carrying out work of a legal nature under the supervision of a solicitor, senior Chartered Legal Executive, barrister or licensed conveyancer. Employment can be in legal practice, in the legal department of a private company or in local/national government.

You can start your qualifying employment before, during or after your studies. Most students are either working in a legal environment at the time that they start their studies, or obtain employment as a trainee Chartered Legal Executive lawyer during their period of studying, and this can count towards our qualifying employment requirements. The LTC Employabilty Partnership with Kent law firms provides opportunities for places learners in both work experience placements and jobs.

However the final year of the three-year period of qualifying employment cannot be gained until you have achieved your academic qualification. This means that you can complete up to two of the three years’ qualifying employment concurrently with your studying.

For more information on your entry point please contact us.

About CILEx Fellows

When members have successfully completed a period of qualifying employment, they may apply to become a Fellow of CILEx, a qualified lawyer. They will be eligible to use the title Chartered Legal Executive lawyer and the designatory letters FCILEx.

To be admitted as a Fellow candidates need to have:

•completed the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice qualifications (or been exempted from them, or hold equivalent qualifications);
•completed a minimum of three years’ employment experience in legal work (minimum 20 hours/week),
•2 Years must be consecutive qualifying employment immediately preceding the application and 1 year must be in the Graduate grade of membership immediately preceding the application


There are a wide range of specialist activities which Fellows of CILEx are trained to undertake, for example:

Contentious Matters

Embracing civil, criminal and matrimonial litigation, on behalf of his/her principal,

A Fellow will:
•Attend and have a right of audience in chambers before judges, masters, registrars and district judges of the High Court and before circuit judges and district judges of the county courts.
•Have the right to address the court on:
•An unopposed application for an adjournment or an application for judgment by consent
•Represent an appellant before a Legal Aid Area Committee on the hearing of an appeal against a decision affecting an applicant’s right to receive Legal Aid
•Interview and obtain reports from expert witnesses
•Prepare pleadings, summonses and affidavits during the course of legal proceedings
•Instruct counsel and collate relevant documents, evidence and information in actions proceeding to trial, in proceedings before tribunals, in arbitrations and at public inquiries
•Make observations on the facts, on the law and on procedure to enable the litigant’s case to be put before the court or tribunal.


A Fellow will:
•Give advice and draft documents on the sale or purchase of land, including contracts, conveyances, leases and charges
•Advise on questions of title, easements, charges, boundaries, drainage rights and rights of way
•Co-operate with other professional experts, including chartered surveyors and chartered architects.

Trusts, Probate & Administration of Estates

A Fellow will:
•Prepare wills and other instruments creating trusts
•Be experienced in obtaining grants of probate and of representation
•Have knowledge of the procedures of the Probate Registries when administering Estates.

Company & Commercial Law

A Fellow will:
•Advise on the incorporation and management of companies
•Draft the memorandum and articles of association
•Advise directors, secretaries and others about the duties of management and control and on the law relating to the formation and management of partnerships, and on bankruptcy and insolvency
•Appear in court in small claims cases.

Local Government & Public Administration

A Fellow will:
•Have knowledge of the functions of public authorities
•Have knowledge of the law relating to housing, education, planning, public health, welfare and administrative law
•Have special rights to appear in magistrates and county courts on behalf of his employer.

It is not essential to be a Fellow to be allowed to carry out all of these functions, but employers must ensure staff are competent to carry out the work given to them.


Please visit CILEx Regulation for full guidance on becoming a Fellow.

Courtesy of www.cilexcareers.org.uk