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The Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship Standard was developed as a five-year programme leading to qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive. CILEx Law School offers this apprenticeship as a progression from the Paralegal Apprenticeship. The CILEx Level 3 units achieved during the Paralegal Apprenticeship count towards the requirements of the Chartered Legal Executive (CLE) Apprenticeship. Learners who are already part-way through the CILEx professional qualifications can complete their qualification in the context of a CLE Apprenticeship. 

Key features

The apprenticeship encompasses:

  • All of CILEx‘s academic requirements – currently ten Level 3 units and six Level 6 units
  • Qualifying employment rules and work-based learning requirements.
  • The completion of an extended case study.

Candidate specification

We recommend that this apprenticeship is appropriate for:

  • progression from the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services - exemptions are available for the CILEx units already studied
  • progression from the Paralegal Apprenticeship
  • employees who are already partway through their CILEx qualification can transfer to the Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship. Employers can benefit from public funding (payroll less than £3 million) or allocate part of their levy fund (payroll greater than £3 million). Read about the apprenticeship levy.
  • law graduates studying the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma can also be transferred on to this Apprenticeship to take advantage of government funding or levy allocation.

We do not recommend starting a school leaver immediately on to the Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship for their first role in a legal organisation. Instead, we recommend that they start on the Paralegal Apprenticeship and move on to the later stages of the Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship after that. This means that you will only commit new recruits to a two-year programme and those who show the attributes and aptitude to succeed can transfer on to the Chartered Legal Executive programme which gives exemptions for the CILEx units already studied.

Costs and fundingEuropean Union Social Fund

The minimum wage for an apprentice aged under 22 in the first year of the apprenticechip is £3.50/hour, but employers in the legal services sector will usually pay significantly more than that. The funding rate payable for the delivery of this apprenticeship has been set by the government at £12,000. If you are a levy payer this can be allocated from your levy. If you are not a levy payer with more than 50 employees then the government will pay 90% of this amount and you will pay the remaining 10%. Incentive payments of £1,000 are payable if you recruit an under 19 year old. See the table below for funding and allocation of the levy for this apprenticeship. 

Fewer than 50 employees where the apprentice is 16-18 years old No cost to employer – government pays all. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.
For non-levy paying employers (payroll less than £3m). 10% of capped cost = £1,200.
Incentive payment back of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.
For levy-paying employers (payroll greater than £3m) £12,000 comes out of the levy pot. Any additional  CLE apprentices taken on once levy pot, plus government 10% top up, used, would then cost the employer only £1,200 per apprentice (10%).
Incentive payment back of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.

How do I start the process?


If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, including how to transfer current CILEx students on to the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship programme, please contact Jenny Pelling, our Director of Business and Apprenticeships, on 01234 844326 or email


If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please visit our vacancies page or contact