Chartered Legal Executive Lawyers

The Legal Services Act 2007 identified Chartered Legal Executive lawyers as authorised persons undertaking the reserved legal activities undertaken by solicitors and barristers. Fully qualified and experienced Chartered Legal Executive lawyers undertake much of the work that solicitors do.

CILEx is the most accessible and cost-effective route to a rewarding career as a qualified lawyer. It is open to those holding GCSEs, A levels or a degree. No further full-time study is required: students complete their CILEx qualifications by part-time study or distance learning.

The CILEx route is the ideal way to obtain a law qualification for school leavers, graduates, legal support staff, mature students and those who already have family commitments.

It is possible to start training with a variety of qualification levels. You should hold a minimum of four GCSE grades C or above including English Language or Literature or qualifications at an equivalent level. Exemptions from parts of the CILEx Professional Qualification in Law may be available if you hold an A level in law, a recognised law degree or if you have already done a postgraduate Legal Practice Course.

Typically students receive on-the-job training in solicitors’ offices or legal departments, whilst also attending classes in law and practice at academic institutions or via distance learning.