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The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice is the first stage of academic training to become a Chartered Legal Executive (unless you already hold a law degree). The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma is made up of a total of ten units, and is designed to give prospective legal executives a good grounding in all core areas of law and the flexibility to tailor the legal practice element of the qualification to their requirements. This page describes the qualification itself. To find out about our courses click on Level 3 courses or Level 3 revision resources.

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

What units do I need to study?

You will study seven mandatory units – Units 1-5, 16 and 17 from the table below. For the remaining three units you can choose either two practice units from Units 9-15, 18-19 and one law unit from Units 6-8, or three practice units. Practice units must all relate to law units that you are studying as part of your Professional Diploma. For example, you could not study The Practice of Employment Law as one of your practice units unless you also select Employment Law as a non-mandatory law unit. All units and their status are listed in the table below.

 

Unit number Unit name Type of unit Rules relating to the selection of units
Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice Introductory Units 1-5 are mandatory.
Unit 2 Contract Law Law
Unit 3 Criminal Law  Law
Unit 4 Land Law  Law
Unit 5 Law of Tort  Law
Unit 6 Employment Law  Law Units 6-8 are non-mandatory law units. One of these can be selected instead of a third practice unit.
Unit 7 Family Law  Law
Unit 8 Law of Wills and Succession  Law
Unit 9 Civil Litigation  Practice You take a minimum of two practice units, and can select a third practice unit instead of a non-mandatory law unit. Each practice unit selected must link to a law unit that you are studying. If you are only studying two practice units in total, they cannot both link to the same law unit.
 
Unit 10 Conveyancing  Practice
Unit 11 Criminal Litigation  Practice
Unit 12 The Practice of Family Law  Practice
Unit 13 The Practice of Employment Law  Practice
Unit 14 Probate Practice  Practice
Unit 15 The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client  Practice
Unit 18 The Practice of Child Care Law Practice 
Unit 19 Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing Practice
Unit 16 Client Care Skills Professional Skills Units 16 and 17 are mandatory
Unit 17 Legal Research Skills  Professional Skills


Which Level 3 subjects should I study in my first year?

You will study ten units in total, and we recommend that you aim to achieve this over a two-year period by studying five units in each of the two years. CILEx Law School offers package options at a discount when you purchase multiple units at the same time.

You may choose to study the units in any order. However, specific combinations of five units lead to a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice in a number of practice areas. You may wish to commence your studies with courses that combine to make a Certificate, so that you achieve a recognised qualification after your first year of study. Certificates available, and the groups of subjects that make up the Certificates, are listed in the table below.

Alternatively, if you do not have any experience of law and do not know which subjects will interest you, you may wish to study Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice, plus a selection of the mandatory law subjects in year one to discover which areas interest you most.  

CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice Units
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Child Care Practice) Unit 1 Introduction to law and Practice; Unit 7 Family Law; Unit 18 The Practice of Child Care Law; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Civil Litigation) with Contract as the law subject Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 2 Contract Law; Unit 9 Civil Litigation; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Civil Litigation) with Tort as the law subject Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 5 Law of Tort; Unit 9 Civil Litigation; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Conveyancing) Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 4 Land Law; Unit 10 Conveyancing; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Criminal Litigation) Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 3 Criminal Law; Unit 11 Criminal Litigation; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Elderly Client Practice) Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 8 Law of Wills and Succession; Unit 15 The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Employment Practice) Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 6 Employment Law; Unit 13 The Practice of Employment Law; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Family Practice) Unit  1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 7 Family Law; Unit 12 The Practice of Family Law; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Probate Practice) Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 8 Wills and Succession; Unit 14 Probate Practice; Unit 16 Client Care Skills; Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing) Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice; Unit 4 Land Law, Unit 19 Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing, Unit 16 Client Care Skills, Unit 17 Legal Research Skills


Which Level 3 subjects should I study in my second year?

In your second year you need to select any mandatory units that you have not already covered. If you have already achieved a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in your first year, then very often there will be little choice in your second year. For example, if you have studied a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Elderly Client Practice) in your first year, then four of your second year subjects will be mandatory law units – Contract Law, Criminal Law, Land Law and Law of Tort. The fifth unit would be a second practice unit, for example Conveyancing, to ensure that you achieve the mandatory minimum of two practice units in total. You cannot select a practice unit if you are not also studying the related law units within your CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. Also, if you are only studying two practice units because you have selected a non-mandatory law unit, your two practice units must be from different practice areas, to ensure that you have breadth in your Level 3 study.

We recommend the following further units to achieve your Diploma if you have obtained a Certificate.  

Certificate obtained Mandatory law subjects still to be achieved Recommended further units
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Child Care Practice) Contract Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Law of Tort You have one further practice unit to study. it must relate to a law unit that you are studying as part of your Diploma, so you can select from Civil Litigation, Conveyancing, Criminal Litigation or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing. (It would not be possible to choose The Practice of Family Law as this would limit your legal practice study to one practice area.)
 
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Civil Litigation) Criminal Law; Land Law; Law of
Tort OR Contract Law (depending
on which one has been done
already)
 One of the following two options:
• Two practice units to complement the mandatory law units – Criminal Litigation, Conveyancing or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing .
• One non-mandatory law unit and its linked practice unit eg Employment Law and The Practice of Employment Law.
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Conveyancing)
Contract Law; Criminal Law; Law of Tort
One of the following two options:
• Two practice units to complement the mandatory law units – Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing.(Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing can only be selected if you are doing three practice units in total.)
• One non-mandatory law unit and its linked practice unit eg
Family Law and The Practice of Family Law.
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Criminal Litigation) Contract Law; Land Law; Law of Tort
 
One of the following two options:
• Two practice units to complement the mandatory law units – Civil Litigation, Conveyancing or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing.
• One non-mandatory law unit and its linked practice unit eg Law of Wills and Succession and Probate Practice.
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Elderly Client Practice) Contract Law; Criminal Law; Land
Law; Law of Tort
You have one further practice unit to study. It must relate to
a law unit that you are studying as part of your Diploma, so
you can select from Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Conveyancing or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing. (You cannot select Probate Practice as this would mean that both of your practice units would relate to the same law unit.)
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Employment Practice) Contract Law; Criminal Law; Land
Law; Law of Tort
You have one further practice unit to study. It must relate to
a law unit that you are studying as part of your Diploma, so
you can select from Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Conveyancing or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing.
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Family Practice) Contract Law; Criminal Law; Land
Law; Law of Tort 
 
You have one further practice unit to study. It must relate to
a law unit that you are studying as part of your Diploma, so
you can select from Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Conveyancing or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing. (You cannot select Child Care Practice as this would mean that both of your practice units would relate to the same law unit.)
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Probate Practice) Contract Law; Criminal Law; Land Law; Law of Tort You have one further practice unit to study. It must relate to a law unit that you are studying as part of your Diploma, so you can select from Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Conveyancing or Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing. (You cannot select The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client as this would mean that both of your practice units would relate to the same law unit.)
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing) Contract Law, Criminal Law, Law of Tort One of the following two options:
• Two practice units to complement the mandatory law units – Civil Litigation, Conveyancing and Criminal Litigation. (Conveyancing can only be selected if you are doing three practice units in total.)
• One non-mandatory law unit and its linked practice unit eg  Law of Wills and Succession and The Practice of law for the Elderly Client.


How are the Level 3 units assessed?

The method of assessment for each type of unit is given below. 

Unit number Type of unit Assessment method
Unit 1 Intro to Law and Practice Multiple choice test in January and June each year (one hour duration).
Units 2-8 Law units Examination for each unit in January and June each year (1½ hours' duration)
Units 9-15, 18-19 Practice units Practical assessment for each unit in January and June each year based on pre-released case study materials ( 1½ hours' duration)
Units 16-17 Professional skills Tasks set by CILEx and assessed by CILEx Law School according to assessment criteria set by CILEx.


If you need advice on subject selection at Level 3 do not hesitate to call us on 01234 844300.

Exemptions

Exemptions are available from some units if you already have an A level, or certain other law qualifications. Check the CILEx website to see whether you are eligible.

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