Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship (Level 6)

Course Information

  • Course Code: EB634SD
  • Duration: 5 year
  • Study mode: Full Time, Part Time

What is a Chartered Legal Executive?

A Chartered Legal Executive is a lawyer who has followed one of the prescribed routes to qualification set out by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Chartered Legal Executives are eligible to become partners in law firms and to share in the firm's profits. If you are looking for a way into the law, then this is an ideal route to choose.

What is the role?

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.

People are a company’s biggest asset and in the evolving legal industry, recruiting, developing and retaining the very best talent is key. CILEx works with a number of employers across the UK to help them achieve their business goals and we can work with you to ensure you develop a modern legal practice staffed with the very best, legal professionals available.

What will I study?

To achieve the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, you need to study six subjects in total, comprising one legal practice unit with its linked law unit, two other law units of your choice, and the mandatory professional skills units – Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills. The full lists of law units, practice units and professional skills units are given below.

Law units

You select three law units, one of which must be linked to your practice unit.

  • Unit 1 – Company and Partnership Law
  • Unit 2 – Contract Law
  • Unit 3 – Criminal Law
  • Unit 4 – Employment Law
  • Unit 5 – Equity and Trusts
  • Unit 6 – European Union Law
  • Unit 7 – Family Law
  • Unit 8 – Immigration Law
  • Unit 9 – Land Law
  • Unit 10 – Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Unit 12 – Public Law
  • Unit 13 – Law of Tort
  • Unit 14 – Wills and Succession

Practice units

You select one practice unit from the list below, which must be linked to one of your law units. We have shown the unit number(s) of the linked law units in brackets after each practice unit.

  • Unit 15 – Civil Litigation (Unit 2 or Unit 13)*
  • Unit 16 – The Practice of Company and Partnership Law (Unit 1)
  • Unit 17 – Conveyancing (Unit 9)
  • Unit 18 – Criminal Litigation (Unit 3)
  • Unit 19 – The Practice of Employment Law (Unit 4)
  • Unit 20 – The Practice of Family Law (Unit 7)
  • Unit 21 – Probate Practice (Unit 14)

*It is recommended that both these law units are studied with Civil Litigation.

Professional skills units

Both of these units are mandatory.

  • Unit 22 – Client Care Skills
  • Unit 23 – Legal Research Skills
Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.  However it is recommended that students have a minimum of four GCSEs at grades C or above (including English Language or Literature) or equivalent qualifications.  Individual employers may identify any additional relevant entry requirements for employment in terms of previous qualifications or other criteria. You must remain in employment for the duration of the apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you’ll be assessed by a variety of methods. These include: Assignments, Time constraint assessments, Examinations, Professional dialogues, Portfolios and Projects.



What can I do next?

As this is a professional qualification, the majority of students will be looking to pursue a career in the legal sector. Satisfactory completion leads to qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive.

Chartered Legal Executives practice in much the same way as solicitors and there is now little difference in the work associated with either role. Chartered Legal Executives can, after five years post-qualification experience, become judges!

In addition, it is possible for Chartered Legal Executives to become solicitors.

Chartered Legal Executives work in law firms as associates and partners, in national government, in local government and within the in-house legal departments of large businesses. Furthermore, their legal skills are valued in other spheres of employment in business, commerce and the public sector.

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