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Qualification:
 
Starts:
2016/2017 
Weeks:
32 
Days:
Thr 
Type:
Evening Course 
Study Mode
Part-Time 
Assessment:
Exams and Coursework 
Level:
Area:
Business Services & Enterprise 
Course Code:
CEDLX1C 
 
Entry Requirements
Entry to the Fast Track Graduate course at The Sheffield College requires applicants to hold a Class 2 Division 2 (2:2) degree in law.

You MUST have studied Land/Property Law for the conveyancing unit and either of the following:
  • Contract Law or Law of Tort for the civil practice unit
  • Criminal Law for the criminal practice unit

These subjects are usually compulsory components of most law degrees.
 
 

CILEx FastTrack Diploma in Legal Practice

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association which represents more than 20,000 trainee and practising Chartered Legal Executives. The CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma is a one year part-time programme for law and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) graduates who want to qualify as lawyers without undertaking the more traditional and costlier Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Courses (BPTC) routes. There is also no requirement to secure a training contract or pupillage when taking the CILEx route qualification. Instead of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, graduates qualify and practice as Chartered Legal Executive lawyers. Please note: the professional registration fee is additional to the course fees but they do include a first attempt at all examinations and assessments.


About the Course

Chartered Legal Executive lawyers are fee earners. In private practice, their work is charged directly to clients making a direct contribution to the income of a law firm. This is possible having achieved the Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.


Depending upon which area of law they work in, Chartered Legal Executive lawyers may handle the legal aspects of a property transfer, be involved in actions in the High Court or County Courts, draft wills, draw up documents to assist in the formation of a company, or advise husbands and wives with matrimonial problems or clients accused of serious or petty crime.

The full Level 6 Higher Professional Diploma at The Sheffield College provides a broad yet detailed programme of study in one area of legal practice: property law and practice, or civil or criminal litigation. Students can then choose to study other law units to broaden their knowledge of law and legal reasoning.


Key Units

There are many CILEx units from which to choose, but The Sheffield College Graduate Fast-Track provision offers two pathways.

All students, whatever pathway they study, complete the mandatory units:
  • Client Care Skills
  • Unit 17: Conveyancing
Students then select Option 1 or 2 as follows:
Option 1: Civil Litigation
This allows you to specialise in general civil litigation and you will study Unit 15: Civil Litigation, alongside Conveyancing and Client Care.

Option 2: Criminal Litigation
This allows you to specialise in general criminal litigation and you will study Unit 18: Criminal Litigation, alongside Conveyancing and Client Care.

You will be asked to select your specialist pathway option at enrollment. 



Entry Requirements

Entry to the Fast Track Graduate course at The Sheffield College requires applicants to hold a Class 2 Division 2 (2:2) degree in law.


You MUST have studied Land/Property Law for the conveyancing unit and either of the following:
  • Contract Law or Law of Tort for the civil practice unit
  • Criminal Law for the criminal practice unit

These subjects are usually compulsory components of most law degrees.


Assessment

Typically, a three-hour, closed book examination for each practice unit, with a pre-released case study.


The skills unit (Client Care) is coursework based and internally assessed and moderated by the college, and externally moderated by CILEx. 


Where does this Lead

Students successfully completing the Graduate Fast Track Diploma in Legal Practice at Level 6 will become Graduate members and will be working towards being admitted by CILEx as a Fellow (and thus fully qualified). Once all the components of the course have been successfully completed, it is necessary to carry out supervised work of a legal nature for at least 20 hours per week over a period of 3 years. At that point, you will be eligible to apply to become a qualified Chartered Legal Executive lawyer, and a CILEx Fellow.


With extended rights of audience in civil, criminal and family proceedings, those Fellows who train and qualify as Legal Executive Advocates can represent their clients in the County Court, Family Proceedings Court, Magistrates' Court including the Youth Court, Coroners Court and in most Tribunals, depending on the area of law in which they practice.

Chartered Legal Executive lawyers have the option to become solicitors in one or two years after becoming Fellows and usually are exempt from the training contract graduates must complete to qualify as solicitors. However, new emerging rights means that the role and standing of Chartered Legal Executive lawyers and solicitors is moving ever closer.


Future Opportunities

Jobs can be found in legal practice, in the legal department of a private company or in local/national government and can include:

  • Litigation Assistant
  • Paralegal Assistant/Officer
  • Legal Administrator
  • Senior Paralegal


Tell Me More

All students enrolling for this course must become professional members of CILEx. The cost of this is in addition to course fees and payable by you directly to CILEx. The fee for 2016-17 was £425.


Professional membership is mandatory and must be completed by 9 October 2017. 


Extra Costs

Professional Membership of CILEx (please see above).

Those Learners who are aged 19+ will be eligible to apply for a Student Loan. However, current government funding means there will usually be a shortfall so you should expect to pay between £1,500-1,750 towards your fees out of your own funds. Payment plans can be put in place with the college finance team to help spread the costs of this.


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