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The CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice

This is the second stage of Chartered Legal Executive training and is appropriate for those who have achieved either the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. Law graduates seeking CILEx Graduate Membership should study the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma. This page describes the qualification. Click on the links to find out about our Level 6 law and practice courses, our Level 6 professional skills courses or our Level 6 revision resources.

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

What will I study?

To achieve the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, you need to study six subjects in total, comprising one legal practice unit with its linked law unit, two other law units of your choice, and the mandatory professional skills units – Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills. The full lists of law units, practice units and professional skills units are given below.

Law units

You select three law units, one of which must be linked to your practice unit.

  • Unit 1 – Company and Partnership Law
  • Unit 2 – Contract Law
  • Unit 3 – Criminal Law
  • Unit 4 – Employment Law
  • Unit 5 – Equity and Trusts
  • Unit 6 – European Union Law
  • Unit 7 – Family Law
  • Unit 8 – Immigration Law
  • Unit 9 – Land Law
  • Unit 10 – Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Unit 12 – Public Law
  • Unit 13 – Law of Tort
  • Unit 14 – Wills and Succession

Practice units

You select one practice unit from the list below, which must be linked to one of your law units. We have shown the unit number(s) of the linked law units in brackets after each practice unit.

  • Unit 15 – Civil Litigation (Unit 2 or Unit 13)*
  • Unit 16 – The Practice of Company and Partnership Law (Unit 1)
  • Unit 17 – Conveyancing (Unit 9)
  • Unit 18 – Criminal Litigation (Unit 3)
  • Unit 19 – The Practice of Employment Law (Unit 4)
  • Unit 20 – The Practice of Family Law (Unit 7)
  • Unit 21 – Probate Practice (Unit 14)

*It is recommended that both these law units are studied with Civil Litigation.

Professional skills units

Both of these units are mandatory.

  • Unit 22 – Client Care Skills
  • Unit 23 – Legal Research Skills

Which legal practice unit should I choose?

By the time you are working towards the second stage of your legal executive training it is likely that you will know which area of legal practice you want to specialise in. If you are not yet working in a legal environment, then we recommend that you choose the legal practice subject that you enjoyed most at Level 3, unless local employment opportunities lie in another legal practice area.

If you need advice on subject selection at Level 6 do not hesitate to call us on 01234 844300. Once you have passed all your exams you can apply for Graduate Membership of CILEx.

See also

Application and fees

Call Now

To speak to one of our advisors about studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer call us on 01234 844300. Our office hours are 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday, or email us on with your query or to request a prospectus.

Jenny Colvin

Lester Aldridge LLP

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