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Legal Higher Dip in Law & Practice CILEX L6
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Entry Requirements
Entry to the Higher Professional Diploma requires successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma.

You may still be able to enrol if you have a maximum of two resit examinations to take from the Level 3, which must be taken at the next available opportunity (usually January). 

CILEx Higher Professional Dip. in Law & 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 Level 6 units form the last academic stage needed to become a Chartered Legal Executive. The full Higher Professional Diploma is a two year, part-time programme leading to ‘Graduate’ (GCILEx) status. The College has a September and January intake leading to external examinations in the unitised offer, for those students who do not wish to enrol on the full Higher Diploma. 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 Higher Diploma provision offers three separate pathways:

Year 1
All students (whichever pathway they study) complete the mandatory Client Care Skills unit.

Pathway 1: Property Practice
This allows you to specialise in property practice.
  • Unit 9: Land Law
  • Unit 17: Conveyancing

Pathway 2: Civil Litigation
This allows you to specialise in general civil litigation.
  • Unit 2: Law of Contract
  • Unit 15: Civil Litigation

Pathway 3: Criminal Litigation
This allows you to specialise in general criminal litigation.
  • Unit 3: Criminal Law
  • Unit 18: Criminal Litigation
You will be asked to select your pathway at enrolment.

Year 2
In the second year, you study a further two law units and the mandatory Legal Research unit. You can choose any two units, unrelated to your specialism in Year 1. Units typically on offer are:
  • Law of Contract
  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Law of Tort

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Higher Professional Diploma requires successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma.

You may still be able to enrol if you have a maximum of two resit examinations to take from the Level 3, which must be taken at the next available opportunity (usually January). 


Typically, a 3-hour closed book examination for each law unit with a pre-release case study for the practice units.

The skills units – Client Care and Legal Research – are coursework-based and internally assessed and moderated by the college and externally moderated by CILEx.

Where does this Lead

Students successfully completing the Higher Professional Diploma in Law & 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 roles such as:

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

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Professional Registration

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 £185.

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

If you are continuing from the Level 3 Diploma, then your current membership will lapse on 31 December 2017 and you will be required to renew this as a condition of your continuing your studies at the college.

Extra Costs

Professional membership of CILEx (please see above).

Please note that first attempts at exams/assessments are included in the course fee, however any additional resists will incur a charge payable by the student. 

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 £750-£1,000 per year 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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