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Courses for CILEx Level 3 professional skills units

The CILEx Level 3 professional skills courses are delivered by supported distance learning. They will prepare you for exams set by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

There are two CILEx Level 3 professional skills units - Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills. An application form for these courses is available at the foot of this page.

These courses will prepare you for exams set by CILEx and are relevant for:

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If you are already familiar with the CILEx qualifications and how they are delivered please visit the following page to apply:

What are the courses about?

These units will teach you some key skills for working in a legal environment. In Client Care you will learn how to behave during client meetings, how to take meeting notes, how to address clients in letters, as well as some of the Rules of Conduct that all those employed within the legal profession must comply with.

The Legal Research unit introduces you to the resources available to lawyers to ensure that the advice they give is factually correct and up to date, and teaches you how to extract and apply  relevant information from these databases.

Professional skills workshops

Both professional skills courses are built around a workshop. Legal Research Skills workshops are delivered regionally and on a variety of dates.  Although attendance is not mandatory, most students find that the workshops greatly improve their chances of passing the assessment first time. An administration fee is payable at the time of booking. Client Care Skills workshops are usually delivered by webinar. 

Unit 16 further course resources

The key resources for the Client Care Skills unit, in addition to your course manual, is a filmed client/practitioner interview which is used to illustrate points covered by the Client Care syllabus. This is available to view through the Student Area.

Once you have viewed the film and made notes on it, you will be be ready to do your Mock Assignment, which includes a number of tasks for you to work through and send to your CILEx Law School tutor for marking and comment. The tasks, and the feedback from your tutor, will prepare you for the Assessed Assignment set by CILEx. The filmed interview on which your assessment will be based is also made available through the Student Area. You will watch it and submit your Assignment to CILEx Law School for assessment. CILEx Law School will advise CILEx of your mark.

Unit 17 further course resources

The course manual for this course teaches you to find and report on sources of law. You will learn how to research Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments and cases on the internet. Once you have worked through the manual, you will prepare a Mock Assignment and submit it to your CILEx Law School personal tutor for marking and comment. You will use the LexisNexis Butterworths legal research database available through the Student Area to conduct your research. The research assignment, and your tutor’s feedback, will prepare you for the Assessed Assignment. The research exercise on which your Assessed Assignment will be based is also made available through the Student Area. You will submit your completed research report to CILEx Law School for assessment. CILEx Law School will advise CILEx of your mark.

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Academic and administrative support

On-course support is available from our Academic Team by telephone during office hours, and our designated tutors on the course forums are on hand to help you with course queries.

Membership of CILEx

You must register as a member with CILEx, and pay the annual membership fee, to be eligible to have your Assessed Assignment considered by CILEx. The amount payable depends on the relevant membership level. Please contact CILEx on 01234 841000 and ask for the Membership Department.

Assessment

This unit is assessed by coursework, which takes the form of an assignment set by CILEx: ‘the Assessed Assignment’. There is no exam. Your Assessed Assignment is marked by CILEx Law School and then moderated by CILEx. Once you have received a provisional pass on your Assessed Assignment from CILEx Law School you will register with CILEx for your Assignment to be considered for the next available exam session, so that your results can be included in the results for that session. You need to pay an assessment fee in order for CILEx to include your Assignment in its moderation procedures for a particular exam session. Administrative arrangements are explained in your Handbook. The following timelines give you an indication of the calendar of events for this course:

  • Enrolments between January and June
    Earliest possible CILEx exam session: the following January
    Initial CLS internal submission for that session: any time before the August deadline
  • Enrolments between July and December
    Earliest possible exam session: June
    Initial CLS internal submission for that session: any time before the February deadline

Application and fees

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Apply Now

Apply for your Level 3 courses now through our online shop or print off and submit the application form at the foot of this page. For further information call us on 01234 844300. Our office hours are 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday.