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CILEx Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (Level 3)

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The course involves the study of a variety of legal areas and skills and concentrates on the acquisition of the practical skills designed to equip you for a role in today’s fast changing legal profession. CILEX offers a highly cost-effective and accessible route to becoming a lawyer and unparalleled access to a flexible career in law.

The CILEx route to law 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 to be an CILEX lawyer with a variety of qualification levels.

What Will I Study?

The syllabus is both broad and diverse.  Modules in both years are aimed at providing students with essential skills to study law at this vocational level. Students will gain the confidence to develop both their practical, vocational and analytical skills.  The Practice module will build upon the skills and legal principles acquired from the previous or current modules of study over the two years.

The Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice is a broad-based, practical introduction to Law and Legal Practice.  It requires that students achieve across key areas of Law and Legal Practice (ie mandatory Law units consist of: Contract Law, Criminal Law, Land Law and Law of Tort).

The Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice has been developed as a unitised qualification which permits students to adopt a flexible and tailor-made approach to learning. Whilst all students undertake a certain amount of core study, there is also room for students to take units which reflect their main areas of interest.

The qualification also includes a practical legal skills component. The Professional Skills units (units 16 and 17) require that students demonstrate key transferable legal skills in practical situations.

The mandatory inclusion of these units in the Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice ensures that the qualification both reflects the pace of change in the legal sector and that CILEX students are well-prepared to embrace this change.

Year 1:

  • Introduction to Law and Practice
  • Law of Tort
  • Client Care Skills
  • Legal Research Skills
  • Civil Litigation
  • Tutorial

If you have already completed year 1 and you are now ready to proceed to Year 2, please see details below:

Year 2:

  • Contract Law
  • Land Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Practice Unit – Family Law
  • Practice Unit – Criminal Litigation
  • Tutorial

Some of the above modules are optional and therefore the course leader will confirm which modules you should undertake in Year 2.  If you have not had a discussion with a course leader then please contact us.

Please note: Our courses are delivered on site at the main campus and/or off site at one of our dedicated Business Suites.

Candidate specific course times will vary depending on modules and method of delivery chosen – for example:  flexible learning, distance learning and tutorial support via our VLE – virtual learning environment.

Entry Requirements

You should hold a minimum of four GCSE grades C or above including English Language or Literature or qualifications at an equivalent level. If you do not have any formal qualifications we strongly recommend that you consider studying for a City & Guilds/CILEX qualification in Legal Studies before embarking on the legal executive training route.

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.

How will I be assessed

The qualification consists of ten units in total which are each assessed by CILEX and accumulated by the student. Each unit is regarded as a worthwhile achievement in its own right and certification is available at unit level.

To achieve the Diploma you must successfully complete 10 units from the suite of 17 units. However, if you have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice whilst working towards the Diploma, you will have already taken 5 units, so will only have a further 5 units to take in accordance with the qualification rules.

To achieve the CILEX Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice students must ensure that their choice of units complies with the following qualification rules: Students must take units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 16 and 17. Students must then take 3 other units, of which at least 2 units must be Practice units.


You may wish to consider the Legal Practice Course.

Qualification Achieved

CILEx Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (Level 3).

Other Information

This course is now full, contact us to place your details on our waiting list.

Please note that we may be offering a Conveyancing module next academic year.  If you would be interested in undertaking this module, please email to let us know so that we can add your details to our waiting list.

How much does it cost?

The ILEX website contains details in relation to the yearly registration and membership fees and is found at:

  • Year 1 - £1,600.00 per delegate
  • Year 2 – £1,360.00 per delegate.

You should also set aside approximately £500/year for your essential course manual/reading material, registration fees and exam fees, parts of which are payable directly to CILEX at specific intervals during the course).

If you have undertaken some study before then there may be exemptions in relation to some modules above, this will be determined at interview and if this is the case then you will only need to pay for the modules you study.

The college operates a no refunds policy as detailed below. Cancellations and transfer requests are subject to the following conditions:

  • More than 4 weeks notice – no charge
  • 4 weeks notice – 30% of the cost
  • 2-3 weeks notice – 50% of the cost
  • 1-2 weeks notice – 75% of the cost
  • Less than 1 weeks notice – 100% of the cost

All cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a £10 administration charge. The full fee’s policy is available on request.

To find out more and to book

Email The Training People at Blackburn College or call us on 01254 292500.

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