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CILEx Law School Student Survey


Family matters

If you are looking to train personnel to work in the family department then we have a number of courses to choose from, depending on the current level of knowledge of the prospective student. 

Legal apprenticeships

This area of legal practice benefits from one of the new legal apprenticeships:

The government will pay for training of young people aged under 19 at the time of registration, and up to 50% of the training costs of young people aged under 23. Workplace skills are delivered alongside technical legal knowledge. Current employees can be eligible, depending on their previous education and experience.

Supported distance learning courses

For those employees who are not eligible for legal apprenticeship funding. Courses are shown in the table below: Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE level; Level 3 is equivalent to A level; Level 6 is equivalent to honours-degree level for law courses or LPC-level for legal practice courses.

Who do you want to train? Knowledge and skills you are looking for Recommended courses Cost ex VAT Cost inc VAT What the course will deliver

Unqualified support staff incl secretaries with fee-earning potential

Ability to progress standard files under supervision CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Family Practice or Child Care Practice) £1195.83 £1435 Competent file handler incl client contact. This is a recognised paralegal qualification on the National Qualifications Framework
Law graduate paralegal Ability to progress files and to liaise with clients CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma £1770.83 £2125 This is the qualification to convert law graduates to Graduate Members of CILEx
Chartered legal executive/ solicitor Re-train to deploy to family dept CILEx Level 6 Unit 07 Family Law and Unit 20 The Practice of Family Law £583.33 each £700 each These courses give in-depth/LPC-level knowledge. Alternatively, Level 3 Family Law and The Practice of Family Law.
Newly-recruited legal secretary/ administrator More proficient legal secretary/ administrator City & Guilds/ CILEx Level 3 Certificate for Legal Secretaries £491.67 £590 Advanced secretarial skills. Add additional units to achieve the Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries
Understanding the context of their legal secretarial/ administrative work City & Guilds/ CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies with Unit 208 as elective subject £491.67 £590 Background knowledge - not at file-handling level

Course information

All courses are delivered by supported distance learning. Follow the links to find out more about the courses including course duration, number of anticipated study hours and the materials, online resources and support available.

Fees and timings

Course fees quoted are for the academic year 2015-16. For CILEx Level 3 and Level 6 courses there are also CILEx membership and exam fees.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Jenny Pelling, our Director of Business and Apprenticeships, on 01234 844326 or email

Call Now

To find out how we can help you to develop your staff call Noel Inge on 01234 844325, or email