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.
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.
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.
Typically, a three-hour, closed book examination for each practice unit, with a pre-released case study.
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.
Jobs can be found in legal practice, in the legal department of a private company or in local/national government and can include:
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.