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CILEx - Level 3 - Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (Year 1)

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC058
  • Duration: 30 weeks x 6.5 hours
  • Price: £1660.00
  • Times: 09:00-13:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

Start Dates

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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?

Level 3 Certificate and Professional Diploma in Law - Suite of Units

To complete the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice in accordance with the Certificate qualification rules choose units from the table below.  The following Units have been updated for Students taking examinations:




Type of unit

Unit 1

Introduction to Law and Practice *

Foundation Law unit: mandatory to both qualifications

Unit 2

Contract Law **


Unit 3

Criminal Law **


Unit 4

Land Law **


Unit 5

Law of Tort *


Unit 6

Employment Law


Unit 7

Family Law **


Unit 8

Law of Wills and Succession


Unit 9

Civil Litigation *


Unit 10

Conveyancing **


Unit 11

Criminal Litigation


Unit 12

The Practice of Family Law


Unit 13

The Practice of Employment Law


Unit 14

Probate Practice


Unit 15

The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client


Unit 16

Client Care Skills *

Professional Skills: mandatory to both qualifications

Unit 17

Legal Research Skills *

Professional Skills: mandatory to both qualifications


* Year 1 modules 2017-18

** Year 2 modules 2017-18


This course is also available for Advanced Learner Loan funding.  Students would complete both years in one year combined.  The maximum value of the loan is £2,573 and therefore you’d be expected to pay the remainder of our course fees upon booking (£507) - instalment options are available.

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.

Not all lawyers are solicitors or barristers. Under the Legal Services Act 2007 (the 2007 Act) Chartered Legal Executive lawyers are ‘authorised persons’ undertaking ‘reserved legal activities’ alongside, for example, solicitors and barristers.

Fully qualified and experienced Chartered Legal Executive lawyers are able to undertake many of the legal activities that solicitors do. For example, they will have their own clients (with full conduct of cases) and they can undertake representation in court where appropriate.


Chartered Legal Executive lawyers must adhere to a code of conduct and, like solicitors, are required to continue training throughout their careers in order to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the law.


Once you have been awarded a place, you will, in due course, need to complete the CILEx Registration Membership document and this can be found at:  Thereafter you will need to register for your exams:


CILEx Manuals can be purchased here: - we would advise new students to purchase books before the start of the course

How will I be assessed?

CILEx examinations for qualifications modules are hand written and paper-based. 

What can I do next?

CILEx – Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice (Level 6)

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email

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