Graduate CILEx opportunities

CILEx is an alternative route to qualifying as a lawyer. We welcome ambitious and driven individuals, whether you are looking to start a career in law or already have a law degree or equivalent qualification. This route typically takes around 5 – 7 years to complete if you have no previous legal qualifications. Training can be done at either a CILEx accredited centre or by distance learning.

The minimum entry requirements to train as CILEx are 5 GCSEs at grade C (or level 4 under the new system) including English Language and Maths or equivalent qualifications. Ideally you will also have A levels (or equivalent) in any subject with grades of CCC or higher. If you already have a law degree or GDL then you can enrol on the CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma, which means that you can qualify as a lawyer without having to undertake the costly Legal Practice Course or secure a training contract.

Qualifying via the CILEx route allows you to earn as you learn and gain practical experience while studying, which means you are well equipped with both academic knowledge and practical skills when you qualify. Chartered Legal Executive lawyers can become Advocates, Partners in law firms, Judges and Coroners, so there is no limit to what you can achieve. More information can be found at

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Find out more from our Trainee Chartered Legal Executive – Carla Campbell

I had already been working in law for a number of years, starting as the office junior at the age of seventeen and then working my way up to a fee earning role. I wanted to take the next step and become a fully qualified lawyer but I always knew that university was not for me. I found out about CILEx through a colleague and it sounded ideal as I could train while working without incurring any debt along the way. It has now been four years since I started with CILEx; I have passed all the academic training and now just need to complete my post-graduate qualifying employment before I am a fully qualified lawyer. Studying the CILEx route has helped me achieve my goal and I cannot recommend it enough.