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Who’s this for?

The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma is for law and GDL1

graduates2 who want to become lawyers without undertaking

the more traditional and costlier Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) routes. This course typically takes one year to complete and costs £2,7003 or less depending on the study centre chosen. No training contract or pupillage is required and instead of becoming a solicitor or barrister, graduates qualify and practise as Chartered Legal Executive lawyers.

Increasingly on a level playing field with solicitors, Chartered Legal Executive lawyers can become partners in law firms, coroners, judges or advocates in open court, and now litigators, immigration practitioners, conveyancers and probate practitioners. CILEx members can now also set up and run their own law firms providing reserved legal activities.

Key benefits:

• the most accessible route to a career as a qualified lawyer • value-for-money study, entry and membership fees • study full time, part time or via distance learning • earn as you learn and avoid further student debt

• exemptions available, meaning less study time and lower costs • instant CILEx Associate membership

• eligible to use the designatory letters ACILEx after your name • no training contract or pupillage required

• regulation by an independent body.

1 Graduate Diploma in Law

2 Graduated within the last seven years, although this is currently under review by CILEx Council. 3 Including CILEx membership, all course fees and exemption fees.



You can enrol and study at any CILEx accredited centre, each of which sets its own course fees.

Usually, the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma is offered on either a full-time or part-time basis during the academic year.

Alternatively, you can study via distance learning, where you can enrol at any time of the year and study at your own pace.

4 CILEx sets tasks, assessed by the centre and quality assured by CILEx.

5 One of which must be linked to a law module studied as part of your qualifying degree.





Client Care Skills4 Required

Plus two study unit options5

Civil Litigation Option

The Practice of Company

and Partnership Law Option

Conveyancing Option

Criminal Litigation Option

The Practice of

Employment Law Option

The Practice of Family Law Option

Probate Practice Option


“The CILEx route is progressive,

giving a student a sense of development and reward. I am able to study in my own time and at my own pace.” CILEx Associate Member

“CILEx combines the studies in a classroom with the work experience that is always wanted by employers. That is why I felt it would be good to do.”

CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma student

“Perhaps the biggest advantage of CILEx is the experience you gain. Applying the law in your job is invaluable. Friends who opted to go through traditional training cannot get fee-earning jobs because they do not have the experience.” CILEx Graduate Member



Once you have become a Graduate CILEx member (GCILEx) through completing the Graduate Fast-track Diploma you will need to complete a period of Qualifying Employment to become a Chartered Legal Executive and achieve CILEx Fellowship.

Applications for Fellowship can be made by Graduate members of CILEx who:

• are currently in Qualifying Employment;

• have at least 3 years’ Qualifying Employment, of which at least 1 year has been served in the Graduate grade of membership; and

• have been in Qualifying Employment for 2 consecutive years immediately preceding the date of the application.

A person is in Qualifying Employment if they are employed either:

• by an authorised person in private practice;

• by an organisation where the employment is subject to the supervision of an authorised person;

• by an authorised person employed in duties of a legal nature by that organisation;

• and in either case are working for at least 20 hours per week in work wholly of a legal nature.

To qualify as a CILEx Fellow, applicants must also be able to demonstrate eight competencies against a rage of learning outcomes by creating and submitting a portfolio of evidence called Work Based Learning.

More information about Qualifying Employment and Work Based Learning can be found at www.cilex.org.uk


If you work in a law firm and have successfully completed the Graduate Fast-track Diploma, your employer can charge out your fee-earning time at grade C of the Guideline Hourly Rates. CILEx Fellows with 8 years’ Post Qualification Experience can have their time charged out at Grade A.



As a graduate with a qualifying law degree6 you can immediately apply to join CILEx as an Associate Member, entitling you to use the designatory letters ACILEx after your name. When you successfully complete the Graduate Fast-track Diploma you can upgrade your membership to Graduate Member, entitling you to use the designatory letters GCILEx after your name.

CILEx members receive the award-winning, monthly CILEx Journal magazine, which includes up-to-date information on events, legal news, a digest of recent court decisions, legal vacancies and much more. Members also have access to a broad range of discounted services.

CILEx members are independently regulated, which means that you will stand apart from other non-regulated paralegals and be expected to uphold the CILEx Code of Conduct. For further information about CILEx membership call 01234 845777 or email membership@cilex.org.uk

6 Graduates with a Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) approved law degree gained within the previous seven years, can also apply to join CILEx as an Associate Member, although this seven-year qualifying period is currently under review by CILEx Council.




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About Us

Founded in 1963 the Chartered Institute of Legal

Executives is the professional association for more

than 7,500 qualified Chartered Legal Executive

lawyers and 12,500 paralegal and other legal

practitioners in England and Wales.



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Information correct at time of going to press.

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