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.
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.
There are many CILEx units from which to choose, but The Sheffield College Higher Diploma provision offers three separate pathways:
Entry to the Higher Professional Diploma requires successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma.
Typically, a 3-hour closed book examination for each law unit with a pre-release case study for the practice units.
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.
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: