>>>How our CILEx courses work
How our CILEx courses work

How our CILEx courses work

Our CILEx courses are delivered by supported distance learning, and you can enrol on any course at any time of year.

Course delivery

We are dedicated to giving our students the best chance of success and are continuously reviewing and updating our resources and their delivery to ensure that they are up to date. Our students enjoy consistently higher exam results and, as a CILEx Law School student, you will benefit from a wide range of support:

CILEx Level 3 and Level 6 courses are delivered by supported distance learning, with online, face-to-face and telephone support. There are no fixed enrolment dates so you can enrol at any time of year. The course is valid for 15 months and you need to complete all the study exercises and mock assignment within this period.

Each unit will typically take 70 hours to complete at Level 3 and 150 hours at Level 6 (70 for the Level 6 professional skills courses) including studying and revision. You can decide how you will allocate that time according to your other commitments. There will be at least two exam sessions within the period of duration of your course, and you can select which you wish to aim for.

Level 3 courses are set at A-level standard and Level 6 courses are set a Honours Degree standard.

All our CILEx courses are written to deliver the CILEx syllabus for each unit, which can be found below. The courses, including the accompanying manuals, are republished annually to ensure the content is up to date. You can find the table of contents (TOC) of each manual for reference in the tables below.

Level 3

Unit Unit syllabus Manual TOC
Unit 01 Introduction to Law and Practice 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 02 Contract Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 03 Criminal Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 04 Land Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 05 Law of Tort 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 06 Employment Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 07 Family Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 08 Law of Wills and Succession 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 09 Civil Litigation 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 10 Conveyancing 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 11 Criminal Litigation 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 12 The Practice of Family Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 13 The Practice of Employment Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 14 Probate Practice 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 15 Practice of Law for Elderly Client 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 16 Client Care Skills 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 17 Legal Research Skills 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 18 The Practice of Child Care Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 19 Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC

Level 6

Unit Unit syllabus Manual table of contents (TOC)
Unit 01 Company and Partnership Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 02 Contract Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 03 Criminal Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 04 Employment Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 05 Equity and Trusts 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 06 European Union Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 07 Family Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 08 Immigration Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 09 Land Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 10 Landlord and Tenant Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 12 Public Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 13 Law of Tort 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 14 Law of Wills and Succession 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 15 Civil Litigation 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 16 The Practice of Company and Partnership Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 17 Conveyancing 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 18 Criminal Litigation 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 19 The Practice of Employment Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 20 The Practice of Family Law 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 21 Probate Practice 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 22 Client Care Skills 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC
Unit 23 Legal Research Skills 2019 syllabus 2018/19 TOC

Our course materials vary according to the type of unit being studied to reflect the different nature of the course content. All resources are designed to help you gain the knowledge you require in the most effective way.

  • Course manual: written to deliver the CILEx syllabus for each unit. It is republished annually each summer and complemented by a spring update in the following year to ensure that your knowledge is current for the summer exam session. The course manual is in paper format and will be sent out with accompanying materials upon enrolment
  • Student Area: this is a personalised, virtual-learning environment through which you will access your tutor-monitored course forum and the other course resources outlined below. You will be sent login details upon enrolment
  • Student Handbook: this explains how your course works and how to get the most from your studies. It is the starting point on the Student Area for the study of each course
  • Mini lectures: these webcasts give you an introduction to important, or tricky, topics that are covered in your course manual and are an excellent aid to comprehension
  • Multiple-choice questions (MCQs): the Unit 1 exam takes the form of a multiple choice test, so we offer practice MCQs and a MCQ mock exam via the Student Area to prepare you for the Unit 1 exam. MCQs are also offered via the Student Area for law and practice units for self-testing of knowledge
  • Study exercise: the two study exercises each contain a number of questions which are designed to ensure that you learn to apply the law and practice knowledge that you gain through reading the course manual. The study exercise questions are structured to help you understand the syllabus content and are marked by your personal tutor. These are an excellent preparation for answering questions in the exam. These are accessed on the online Student Area
  • Course Summary/ Revision Guides: a summary of the course syllabus which is an invaluable revision aid. It is made available via the Student Area.
  • Revision materials: these are specially written and are available via the Student Area in advance of law and practice revision sessions. They take the form of exam-type revision questions which are worked through during the revision session, and the corresponding answers so that you can check your understanding. For practice units, the revision session focuses on case study materials pre-released by CILEx in advance of the exam
  • Mock exam: the law and practice unit courses include a mock exam which your personal tutor will mark. Suggested solutions to the mock exam are also available on the Student Area
  • Legal research database: a leading online legal database for you to look up case law and statutes

Your personalised, online study zone within our Student Area will give you access to many interactive resources to support and underpin your learning as you go along. Every course includes an online administration section, course materials, access to a course Forum and a leading online legal research database. Additional online course features for specific unit types are described in the course resources section below. We encourage you to make good use of all the resources and support available to ensure that you progress through the course and maximise your chances of exam success. All students are required to have access to the internet and a personal email address. A computer specification is given here.

When you enrol on CILEx Level 3 Unit 1 (or a package which includes Unit 1) or Level 6 courses you are invited to attend an induction day. This is designed to ensure that you use all your course resources to best effect and that you maximise the learning potential from your study time. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other students face to face, as well as a representative from our Academic Team. You will be introduced to the course and learn how to approach legal study, including note-taking and answering questions.

Level 3 Induction Day

The induction day is a full day’s face-to-face tuition. Here you will be introduced to note-taking techniques and shown how to apply knowledge to a legal problem. You will also learn how to make the most of all the support that is available to you, and be shown how to use the resources on the web-based Student Area.

Level 6 Induction Day

If you are new to studying at this Level, or new to studying with CILEx Law School, we would strongly recommend that you book a place on the induction day. Even if you have already studied with us at Level 3 you will find this session of great value. Tuition focuses on advanced study techniques. You will be taught how to assimilate and apply knowledge at this academic level, which is equivalent to the final year of an honours degree.

How to book

The induction days are offered as part of your application to enrol on your CILEx Level 3 or Level 6 course. If you have not elected to attend the induction day when you made your course application, you can still do so after enrolment by using the relevant form in the Course Admin section of the Student Area or by calling our Customer Service Team on 01234 844300.

As soon as you enrol on your course you will be invited to attend a welcome webinar. This provides you with the opportunity to make contact with a member of our Academic Team, and to establish an understanding of the structure of our course provision and how we at CLS can support you throughout your studies. These act as an excellent precursor to attending an induction day. As you get closer to your exams you will be invited to attend a face-to-face revision session for your law or legal practice units.

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. You will be part of a ‘learning community’, so you will never feel isolated or that you are on your own. Most importantly, on law and practice courses you will have the opportunity to submit work and get feedback from our specialist subject tutors. This gives you excellent preparation for exams and is the best way to find out if you have not only learnt the information in your course manual, but also understood how to apply it to exam-style questions.

CILEx Law School, CILEx and CILEx Regulation

CILEx Law School is your course provider. The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the awarding body which sets the exams for all CILEx qualifications and deals with membership applications, subscription payments and exam administration including dates, fees and venues.

As a prospective CILEx Law School student, you should be aware that you will deal with three key organisations as part of your studies with us, each with a different function:

CILEx Law School (CLS) is a CILEx course provider. We prepare you to sit the CILEx exams. You will deal with us with every aspect relating to your CILEx courses, including the Student Area, submitting study exercises and mock assessments or assignments. We are also on hand with expert support and guidance.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the CILEx membership body. You will deal with CILEx in matters relating to exams registration, locations and fees, as well as those relating to your CILEx membership (which is required unless you are sitting a single CILEx Level 6 unit).

CILEx Regulation oversees qualification and member regulation to ensure that both meet and adhere to the required standards. Once you achieve Associate Membership, CILEx Regulation will also monitor your Continuing Professional Development (CDP), unless you are a non-practising member.

CILEx information

In addition to your course fees, which are payable to CILEx Law School, you will also have fees relating to CILEx and CILEx Regulation. These fees will cover your membership, exam registration and qualifying employment review.

Law and practice exams take place at CILEx-accredited exam centres, and you will have to travel to one of the centres to take your exams. Professional skills are assessed by coursework, but you still pay an assessment fee to CILEx. All students wishing to sit CILEx exams will need to be CILEx members, with the exception of those sitting single Level 6 units, in which case an exemption fee applies.

Once enrolled with us, you must contact CILEx separately to register as a member and to enter for exams.

Key information on dates is provided below, and is given for guidance. We recommend that you contact CILEx before relying on any information on this page as it is possible that changes may be made by CILEx without our notification.

Exams are held in January and June every year. When you enrol with us on a course we do not specify which exam session you should register for, as our courses are designed to offer maximum flexibility. You may have a lot of available time and wish to enter the first available exam, or you may need to use the full period of your course if you are fitting your studies around many other commitments. If you would like advice on which exam session to aim for, and how to use the exam sessions to spread your academic workload across the year, please contact us on 01234 844300.

January 2019 Exams June 2019 Exams
Examination Entry Form Available Noon (UK time) 3 August 18 Noon (UK time) 18 January 19
Deadline for new membership registration forms to
be received by CILEx
8 October 18 19 March 19
Deadline for exemption applications to be received
by CILEx
8 October 18 19 March 19
Online examination Entry Closing Date Noon (UK time) 19 October 18 Noon (UK time) 5 April 19
Late Examination Entry Closing Date Noon (UK time) 26 October 18 Noon (UK time) 12 April 19
Deadline for Reasonable Adjustment Applications in respect of pre-release case study material 26 October 18 12 April 19
Pre-release case studies available on the CILEx website 16 November 18 18 April 19
Deadline for Reasonable Adjustment Applications 3 December 18 10 May 19
Examination Candidate Admission Permits Available 17 December 18 13 may 19
Examination Week 14-18 January 19 10-14 June 19
Deadline for Special Consideration Requests 8 February 19 5 July 19
Deadline for Credit Requests 8 February 19 5 July 19
Examination Results Released Noon (UK time) 29 March 19 Noon (UK time) 23 August 19
Deadline for clerical check/re-mark/quality assurance review requests 19 April 19 13 September 19
Deadline for certificates to be dispatched to students 10 May 19 27 September 19

You must register as a member with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and pay the annual membership fee, to be eligible to enter the exam. There is one exception, which is if you are studying for a Level 6 Single Subject Certificate. The amount payable depends on the relevant membership level.

Membership and exam details are available on the CILEx website and they can be contacted on 01234 841000.

Key information on fees is provided below, and is given for guidance. We recommend that you contact CILEx before relying on any information on this page as it is possible that changes may be made without our notification.

Description Fees
2018/19
New student registration This one-time fee is payable by all new students enrolling on a CILEx course for the first time £40
Student Member This membership fee is payable annually until you pass your first CILEx exam £100
Affiliate Member This membership fee is payable annually once you pass your first CILEx exam and until you reach the next membership level £130
Associate Member This membership fee is payable annually upon completion of your CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice or if you are a law graduate £197
Graduate Member This membership fee is payable annually upon completion of your CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice or your Graduate Fast-track Diploma £240
CILEx Fellow This membership fee is payable annually once you have been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives £364
Lapsed membership re-enrolment fee This one-time fee is payable if you have previously been a CILEx member but you membership has lapsed £40

CILEx membership aims to provide you with all of the support you need to have a successful career in law, including exclusive products and services:

  • Subscription to the quarterly CILEx Journal magazine and a weekly CILEx newsletter

  • Recognition via CILEx Annual Awards for yourself and/or your firm

  • Broaden your professional network by joining your regional CILEx branch

  • Access to bespoke career development guidance and professional development opportunities with exclusive member access to myCareer

  • As a CILEx member you can save 20% on all Oxford University Press books

  • Access to the CILEx Benevolent Fund for by any CILEx member facing difficult financial times

  • Access to LawCare, a free and confidential health advisory service

  • Invitation to attend annual graduation ceremony, upon achievement of the necessary membership grade

  • Entitlement to use the designatory letters (FCILEx – Fellows, GCILEx – Graduate members, ACILEx – Associate members)

  • Access to WideWallet, a wide range of national and local offers

  • Eligibility for the NUS Extra discount card

More information is available on the CILEx website.

Each CILEx law and practice unit is examined by an unseen exam. The skills units, Client Care and Legal Research, are assessed by written assignment. An exam fee is payable for each exam you enter.

Key information on fees is provided below, and is given for guidance. We recommend that you contact CILEx before relying on any information on this page as it is possible that changes may be made without our notification.

CILEx reviews its fees annually. The fees set out below relate to the January and June 2019 examinations and assessments.

CILEx Level 3 exam fees
Exam registration fee/ professional skills assessment registration fee £50
External exam centre fee for law and practice units
Note: there is no external exam centre fee for the professional skills units
£29.50
CILEx Level 6 exam fees
Exam registration fee for law and practice units £92
Professional skills assessment registration fee £66
Non-member exam registration fee £51
External exam centre fee for law and practice units
Note: there is no external exam centre fee for the professional skills units
£29.50

Exemptions are available from some units if you already have an A level, or certain other law qualifications. Before enrolling on any course with us, please contact CILEx to check that you don’t already have exemptions from the related CILEx unit and to confirm any exemption you wish to claim.

A fee may be payable against any exemption.

Qualification Exemption Exemption fee
AS Level in Law CILEx Level 3 Introduction to Law and Practice £50
A2 Law (A-level Law) CILEx Level 3 Introduction to Law and Practice AND, if passed, Unit 2 Contract Law, Unit 3 Criminal Law and/or Unit 5 Law of Tort £50 per unit
Level 2 Vocational Paralegal Studies Certificate or Certificate/Diploma in Legal Studies CILEx Level 3 Introduction to Law and Practice £50
BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Law CILEx Level 3 Introduction to Law and Practice £50
Qualifying law degree (LLB) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
Note: this is the Graduate Fast-track Diploma route
CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice £200
Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
Note: you will be exempt from the academic component of the CILEx route
Full exemptions from the CILEx qualifications £660

If you are working towards a CILEx qualification (rather than studying simply to gain subject knowledge) we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the structure of the qualification you are studying towards prior to submitting an application.

Frequently asked questions

We’ve answered some of the most common questions we get regarding our CILEx courses.