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CILEx Level 3 Certificates in Law and Practice

The CILEx Level 3 Certificates in Law and Practice are paralegal qualifications offered in a variety of legal practice areas. CILEx Law School offers these paralegal courses by distance learning.

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

Who are these qualifications for?

The courses leading to a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice are ideal for:

What are the entry requirements?

You should have studied to at least GCSE level. If you have no formal qualifications, and no experience of legal work, you might consider the City & Guilds/CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies as an alternative.

What is included in the Certificate?

There are ten Certificates to choose from so you can tailor the qualification to the needs of your role.

A Certificate in Law and Practice is a paralegal qualification made up of five CILEx Level 3 units: an introductory unit, a law unit and its linked legal practice unit, and two professional skills units.

Certificates available, and the CILEx Level 3 units that make up the Certificates, are listed in the table below.

CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice Units Type of work that you could do under supervision
once Certificate achieved
  Type of work not covered for which further study
  is required
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 Advise on, and progress, straight-forward low value
contract claims including simple debt recovery matters.
Complicated contractual claims of significant value.
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 Advise on, and progress, straight-forward fast-track
personal injury claims; assist in more complex cases.
High-value claims for loss of life or serious
injury; claims with complex liability issues.
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 Conduct conveyances of domestic freehold registered land including drafting contract, searches, mortgage
documentation, completion and registration.
Purchase or sale of leasehold land and
unregistered land. Conveying commercial
property.
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 Advise clients charged with summary offences on legal aid and the criminal justice process including sentencing. Indictable offences with complex facts and
legal issues.
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 Advise on the law of succession; take will instructions and draft wills; register enduring powers of attorney; advise on lasting powers of attorney; prepare applications to the
Court of Protection.
Will-writing for high-value estates requiring
specialist tax and trust advice.
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 Advise employers/ employees on straight-forward cases involving discrimination (age, disability, religion, sex, race), maternity and paternity rights, unfair dismissal and redundancy. Complete Employment Tribunal forms. Advise on high-value and/or complicated
unfair and constructive dismissal claims.
Advise on TUPE matters.
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 Advise on law relating to separation and divorce including contact and residence of children and distribution of assets; draft and file divorce petition. Separation/ divorce in high-value and/or
complicated cases where the value and share of assets is in dispute.
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 Advise on law of succession; take will instructions and draft wills; advise on IHT threshold and exemptions; administer uncomplicated estates including completing oath forms and IHT forms.
Will-writing for high-value estates requiring specialist tax and trust advice.
Administration of high-value estates.
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 Work as a member of a local authority children’s services dept (or other public sector agency dealing with child protection) or in a law firm specialising in children’s work. Inter-agency liaison, obtaining emergency protection orders, care orders, adoption and placement orders. Matters relating to custody etc are included in the Family Law and Family Practice units at Levels 3 and 6.
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 Conduct conveyances of domestic leasehold registered land (existing and new leases) including drafting contract, drafting lease, searches, mortgages, completion and registration. Assist teams working on commercial conveyancing. Freehold conveyancing of registered land is covered in the Level 3 and 6 land law and conveyancing units. Unregistered land is covered by Level 6 land law and conveyancing.

* Use this Certificate to become a Student Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
** Use this Certificate to become a Family Law Assistant Member of Resolution.

How are the courses delivered?

The structure of CILEx Law School's courses for the units is given on the page titled 'Courses for CILEx Level 3 units' in the 'Qualify as a chartered legal executive' section of the website. The courses are delivered by distance learning with on-line, face-to-face and telephone support. The five units which make up a Certificate in Law and Practice can be readily achieved within one year alongside full-time work.

How will my employer benefit?

Once you have achieved a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice you will be able to conduct a standard file in your selected practice area under supervision, enabling your employer to charge out your time. The CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice assists law firms in complying with Solicitors Regulation Authority's Code of Conduct, whereby arrangements must be in place for staff to be trained to ensure that they are competent to do their work. The law and practice units of the qualification are assessed by unseen exam, so success in the qualification will give both you and your employer confidence in your knowledge.

What if I don't think all the Certificate units are appropriate?

It is not necessary to buy courses as part of a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice: a course for any CILEx Level 3 unit can be purchased individually. If you wish to gain knowledge to assist you at work without achieving a full qualification you may be interested in selecting specific units to study. 

What next?

The CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice is a recognised paralegal qualification in its own right. However, if you enjoy your studies and find that you want to do more, then your CILEx  Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice will act as the first year of your chartered legal executive studies, which can be attained over four years with CILEx Law School. See 'How to qualify as a legal executive' in the 'Train to be a chartered legal executive' section of the website. Alternatively you might wish to progress to a CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificate in subjects relevant to your chosen practice area.

Application and fees

 

Apply Now

Apply now for the courses for your selected CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice. For further information, or to discuss other combinations of courses, call us on 01234 844300 or email itslaw@cilexlawschool.ac.uk.

Student Testimonial

Julie Jenkins, Mogers Solicitors

The five courses that I needed to study for the Certificate have really increased my knowledge and confidence. ... read full