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“CILEx Law School staff are efficient, friendly and sympathetic.”

CILEx Law School Student Survey

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Graduate Diploma in Law

James Sherwin - GDL Graduate 2013
The tutors provided online audio lectures and lots of materials for each topic, which was brilliant and allowed me to prepare for each study weekend in advance. The face-to-face sessions were fantastic.

The tutors provided online audio lectures and lots of materials for each topic, which was brilliant and allowed me to prepare for each study weekend in advance. The face-to-face sessions were fantastic. All the tutors were experienced lawyers so they knew the topics inside out and encouraged an interactive approach rather than just lecturing. We dealt with sample questions from the start, which was invaluable preparation for the examinations.

The team at CILEx Law School were also brilliant, always on hand to deal with any queries regarding the administrative side of things. This was especially important in the run-up to the exams, and they helped make it as stress-free as possible!

I would strongly recommend this course to anyone considering the GDL.
 

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Ruth Pugh - GDL student
Doing the GDL distance learning course has meant that I can fit my studying around my work and other activities.

Doing the GDL distance learning course has meant that I can fit my studying around my work and other activities. I would not have been able to do the course, or afford it, if I had not been able to work at the same time. Although it has been hard work, the lecturers at De Montfort and the staff at CILEx Law School have been very helpful and supportive. Both CILEx Law School and the lecturers are easy to contact and quick to get back to you when you have a problem. The study weekends are also very sociable and I have made some great friends.

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Charles Steward - GDL student
The distance learning GDL was the only way I could entertain the idea of studying law

The distance learning GDL was the only way I could entertain the idea of studying law, since financial commitments and full-time employment had previously precluded me.

The social evenings are great fun and a good way to bond with fellow students, many of whom have already become close friends. In fact, the GDL provides much more than purely a law qualification. I cannot speak highly enough of this course and it has been an excellent decision to embark upon the GDL at DMU.

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Shengzhe Wang - GDL student
As a Chinese-qualified lawyer

As a Chinese-qualified lawyer, the distance learning programme at DMU provides me with the opportunity to learn about the English legal system while at the same time working for an international law firm in Frankfurt. The wonderful assistance of the staff at CILEx Law School and DMU makes the hard study great fun.

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Eileen Chisnall - GDL student
The distance learning Graduate Diploma in law is intensive

The distance learning Graduate Diploma in law is intensive and requires commitment and hard work but the quality of teaching provided by the department is excellent. It is clear that the lecturers are passionate about their particular subject areas and inspire enthusiasm in their students. All academic and administrative staff are extremely supportive and approachable and will do everything they can to help you with your studies. A close working relationship between the staff and the students is encouraged and every effort is made to enable the students to pursue their studies in a friendly environment. My experience during the first year here has been enjoyable and highly productive. I can assure all prospective students that undertaking study on this course will prove educationally and socially rewarding.

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Chris Reboz - GDL student
I have found the GDL by distance learning ideally suited for people working full time.

I have found the GDL by distance learning ideally suited for people working full time. The way the lectures are being spread over the academic year makes it also very convenient for people living far away from Leicester.

I found that the quality of the handouts issued by the lecturers and the material issued by CILEx Law School provide the student with all the necessary foundations to understand the principles of the specific subjects. Further in-depth research can then be achieved through the reading of the texbooks and access to Butterworths LexisNexis through the course website, which are all included in the fees. Finally, all the lecturers make a point to be available by phone and e-mail to answer any of the queries that a student may have. This almost immediate access to the lecturers in addition to the "face-to-face" lectures means that the students are provided with as much support as a full time course.

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Working with us

CILEx Law School tutor and Solicitor -
As a new CILEx Law School tutor, I want to express my delight at the high standard of the course materials

As a new CILEx Law School tutor, I want to express my delight at the high standard of the course materials. They are superb, really excellent.

Although I am now a solicitor, I originally trained with CILEx Law School as a Legal Exec and then continued studying with CILEx Law School for the extra diplomas required to satisfy the Law Society CPE. I am very pleased to see that the standards remain just as high, perhaps even higher if that's possible. I have always told people that the standards required of Legal Execs are very demanding and that the resultant qualified lawyers must be respected and given full credit for the depth of their knowledge. The knowledge they must have about the specific subjects they choose to study is every bit as detailed as solicitors. The fact that they study a more limited range of subjects should not detract from this fact.

I sometimes wish some of the less enlightened members of my profession would bother to find out what Legal Execs are required to learn, so that they could appreciate how well-qualified they are. In fact, when I came to qualify as a solicitor, I found most of the Legal Practice course much easier than the CILEx courses!

The beauty of training with the CILEx route is that you can gain experience of the "real" legal world at the same time as studying. Practising the law is very different from just studying it, so CILEx trainees get the best of both worlds. They can gain valuable qualifications to whatever level they wish. Students can then make a fully informed decision as to whether they want to go the whole way to becoming a Fellow of CILEx and even the "extra mile" and train to be a solicitor.

I can whole-heartedly recommend the CILEx Law School and the CILEx route to anyone seriously considering a career in the law. I wish all prospective students every success with their studies.

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Introduction

Keith Barrett, Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP
Keith Barrett - Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP
The CILEx qualification has given me all the practical skills and knowledge to get me to where I am today.

The CILEx qualification has given me all the practical skills and knowledge to get me to where I am today. My legal executive training made me a really good specialist lawyer and this has led to me becoming a partner in my firm, Irwin Mitchell LLP, one of the leading personal injury firms in the country. Since 2009 legal executives have been eligible to become partners in law firms and I was the first to take advantage of this at Irwin Mitchell. My legal executive training has been the gateway to a really successful and rewarding career.

 

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How to qualify

Carrie Smith Level 3 CILEx Law School student
Carrie Smith - Level 3 student
I started my Level 3 courses after a few years out of education so I was more than a little nervous!

I started my Level 3 courses after a few years out of education so I was more than a little nervous! The first thing that I did was log on to the Student Area. After chatting to a few students and swapping email addresses I felt much better and more prepared. The online tutors were always on hand with advice and assistance, both with the practical side of studying such as revision tips and academic support when clarity was needed. The course materials are easy to follow, and contain all of the information you require so there is no need to stress about additional reading.

I've completed all the Level 3 subjects with CILEx Law School and have now moved on to Level 6. My knowledge has been already recognised at work as I am now a fee earner specialising in public and private family work. and running about 200 of my own files.

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Wendy Buchan - Graduate Member of CILEx
I was an unqualified paralegal in the private client department of Brachers for almost 15 years before deciding to take up the challenge of studying to be a professional lawyer.

I was an unqualified paralegal in the private client department of Brachers for almost 15 years before deciding to take up the challenge of studying to be a professional lawyer.

It was a big decision for me to study again with work, home and being a mum to juggle. The classroom seemed a distant memory and I was not sure how I would cope with being disciplined with my studies. I decided to study to become a chartered legal executive through CILEx Law School because distance learning was perfect for me. From the first induction day to the last revision day, the tutors have been so supportive and helpful. The revision days were as encouraging as they were informative and it was always good to meet the other students.

It has taken me just over four years to complete my level 3 and level 6 qualifications. It has flown by and it is a real sense of achievement to finally qualify as a Graduate Member.

I had been working in the private client department of Brachers for over 15 years and felt the time had come to back up my work experience with the Chartered Legal Executive qualification. I had mostly been dealing with the management of a large number of trusts but since gaining experience through studying, I have expanded my experience to include wills, probate administration and powers of attorney.

I would really recommend other women who feel that they haven’t fulfilled their potential, regardless of how long they have been in the work place, to go for it when they have the chance. Completing the qualification has given me the confidence to tackle complicated legal matters and I’ve now got a really rewarding career.

Simon Palmer of Brachers commented: "Wendy now has the vital proof through her qualifications, which gives real substance to her knowledge and experience, and cements her role as a key lawyer in the team.”
 

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Hayley Browne - Level 6 student -
I really enjoy the courses with CILEx Law School. I have the freedom to pick up my books when it’s convenient for me to do so and yet if I need help I can just drop them an e-mail or make a call.

I really enjoy the courses with CILEx Law School. I have the freedom to pick up my books when it’s convenient for me to do so and yet if I need help I can just drop them an e-mail or make a call. I especially enjoy the revision days offered just before each exam sitting, as the one to one tuition is an excellent way to discuss problem areas that I can’t get my head around.

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CILEx Level 3 law and practice courses

Student submission - Level 3 Student Forum
If you are just embarking on a Level 3 course then sign up for an induction day with CILEx Law School

If you are just embarking on a Level 3 course then sign up for an induction day with CILEx Law School. I have just started a Level 3 course and consider myself a mature student, as it is 20 years since I last studied for any form of qualification. I have always had an interest in the law and was keen to study it, but having not studied for a long time there was some doubt in my mind whether or not I was doing the right thing, especially when I read the first assignment.

Looking for a way to boost my chances of success I booked myself on the one-day Induction course with the CILEx Law School. The course exceeded all my expectations. Elizabeth the presenter was very approachable and made the day fun and informative. She gave great advice on how to best manage your time and fit your studies into an already busy working and personal life. We were shown the best way to read the course material and make notes, the essential skills in completing assignments and answering exam questions. We were also shown the many useful tools available to students through the Lexis Nexis and CILEx Law School websites.

Added to this I met a great bunch of people in the same position as me and we exchanged email addresses so that we can network.

I left at the end of the day equipped with many new personal tools, the confidence that success was well within my capability and that should I have any problems with my studies there is a team as approachable as Elizabeth only a forum posting away ready to help.

A very worthwhile day and I would encourage anyone embarking on a Level 3 course to attend.

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Ray Welsby Level 3 CILEx Law School student
Ray Welsby - Level 3 Induction Day Attendee
Having attended the Westminster induction day, I would be very grateful if you would pass on my thanks and appreciation to all CILEx Law School staff .....

Having attended the Westminster induction day on 20 Sep, I would be very grateful if you would pass on my thanks and appreciation to all CILEx Law School staff that were present, enabling the day to run smoothly.

Can I mention Elizabeth Harding in particular, who I felt made the day thoroughly worthwhile. Whilst giving us all the benefit of her undoubted knowledge and experience, it was quite obvious that she was there for us, the students, and was more than willing to give of her own time to clear up problem areas with individuals.

I found this extremely promising and am very pleased that I decided to study with CILEx! I felt the day was useful, interesting, certainly taught one old dog some new tricks and gave me a lot of enthusiasm for what lies ahead of me. Very many thanks indeed.

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Jenny North, Irwin Mitchell
Jenny North, Irwin Mitchell - CILEx Law School Student
I found my tutor to be an excellent help during my studies. The comments she added to my assignments helped massively.

I found my tutor to be an excellent help during my studies. The comments she added to my assignments were really useful and helped massively. She was very prompt at returning assignments, positive, encouraging and friendly.  I also thought that the assignments were very useful in that they were challenging enough to properly prepare me for the real exam.

Overall, the CILEx course so far has exceeded my expectations in all aspects.

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Ruth Hendry - Associate Member of CILEx
I always submit all my study exercises and mock exams for marking as that's how you find out if you are on the right track or not, and I am a very regular user of the course forum!

I always submit all my study exercises and mock exams for marking as that's how you find out if you are on the right track or not, and I am a very regular user of the course forum! The tutors on the forum are always available to give advice when you have a query.

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Tiffany Pallent - Legal Assistant, Randstad CPE Ltd
The irony is that I feel like I get more support doing this course as distance learning than I ever got when I was at uni!

The irony is that I feel like I get more support doing this course as distance learning than I ever got when I was at uni! The whole team have always been really helpful – you must be rushed off your feet all the time! Definite value for money.

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CILEx Level 6 law and practice courses

Caroline Haworth - Level 6 student attending Induction Day
I have just attended a Level 6 induction course and found it very useful. I picked up loads of tips about studying and taking the exam

I have just attended a Level 6 induction course and found it very useful. I picked up loads of tips about studying and taking the exam. The tutor was informative and funny so that he kept our interest all day. It was a nice way to meet some of the other students and swap stories. I hope you find it as interesting and informative as I did.

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Amanda Farmer - Former Level 6 student
After having studied my CILEx Level 3 subjects at my local college, I decided to enrol with CILEx Law School for Level 6 as the courses for papers that I wished to study were not available locally.

After having studied my Level 3 subjects at my local college, I decided to enrol with CILEx Law School for Level 6 as the courses for papers that I wished to study were not available locally. Despite having been used to learning in a classroom environment I found that the course materials provided by CILEx Law School furnished me with all of the content that I needed to prepare for the examinations. The regular updates meant that I had the most recent statute and case law available and I found the revision manuals and past exam papers invaluable in the weeks leading up to exam day.

Although I studied mainly on my own it was a comfort to know that there were tutors and other students on hand with whom I could discuss any problems, and the advice that I received during my studies was both useful and encouraging. One of the main benefits I found studying with CILEx Law School was the flexibility. Working to my own timetable allowed me to fit my studying around my work, family and social life.

I took and passed papers in Probate and Succession, Probate Practice, Equity and Trusts and Law of Contract within 2 years sitting one paper at each of the examination sessions.  My experience of studying with CILEx Law School has encouraged me to undertake other distance learning courses which I hope will further my knowledge in the area of law in which I am currently working.

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Helen Botting - Level 6 Student
I joined CILEx Law School last year and haven't looked back!

I joined CILEx Law School last year and haven't looked back! For me distance learning has been perfect. I am very tired in the week and unable to concentrate/study in depth, so I can work at my own pace with CILEx Law School - usually on a Saturday or Sunday and am not tied down to certain class times at college. I do however have access to plenty of support and facilities via the on-line Forum, other students in the chat room and the academic staff. The access to LexisNexis has also been invaluable for the Intellectual Property course.

The tutor's comments are encouraging and helpful in guiding you as to what is missing in an essay, to not only ensure you have understood the subject matter, but to assist in the skill of writing the essay itself which is of equal importance.

At first as a new subject and new to distance learning at this level, I was concerned at whether I would be able to understand some of the points, but with the help of my tutor, and also reading through some of the discussion threads on the Forum, I have thoroughly enjoyed the course.

I have spoken to several of my colleagues who are on various courses for different subjects to do with their work (non-Law) and the general consensus is that CILEx Law School offer not only good value but excellent support to their students compared with other course providers. The Spring Updates and the Forum for questions (rather than just chat), aswell as the access to academic staff and the separate provision for marking assignments are seen as real extras that give the kind of support others are lacking in.

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Cara Burr, Dyne Drewett, Solicitors
Cara Burr - Dyne Drewett, Solicitors
I am very grateful to CILEx Law School’s academic team for all their efforts in clarifying matters for me

I am very grateful to CILEx Law School’s academic team for all their efforts in clarifying matters for me, following my postings on the Forum. Anyone who says that you're "on your own" when distance learning has, obviously, never studied with CILEx Law School!

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Successful Level 6 student - Submission on Criminal Law Forum
Having recovered from the thrill of passing Criminal Law

Having recovered from the thrill of passing Criminal Law (hooray!) I had to put a post on the forum to say a big thank you to you and to the other students as I really do owe this pass to their questions on this forum and to your replies. I am so glad that as part of my last-minute revision before the exam I read every post on the criminal board and, although my study had covered the whole of the manual and the revision the whole of the syllabus, your comments on intention in the offence of murder and on what to focus on in a Theft Act question were absolutely invaluable when it came to the exam. I am so grateful to this forum for getting me through.

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Abi Watkins - Level 6 Conveyancing Student
I am very happy with CILEx Law School and knowing the support is there if needed.

I am very happy with CILEx Law School and knowing the support is there if needed. Whenever I contact CILEx Law School with a query it is dealt with quickly and efficiently. The tutors are very helpful throughout.

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Law graduate qualification/GFTD

Teri Bennett - Widdows Mason
After gaining my law degree I inititally wanted to do the LPC

After gaining my law degree I inititally wanted to do the LPC,  but I wasn't keen to take out a loan to enable me to do this unless I could be sure of getting a training contract. I made enquiries with CILEx and discovered that, as I had my law degree, I would only need to do the practice papers and not the law papers.  I then decided to study from home in my own time via distance learning as this was the best for my circumstances.  I would study in my lunch hours, when the kids had gone to bed and sometimes if time allowed at the weekend. I found the assignment feedback from the tutors useful, and the turnaround time on getting marked assignments back was always quick. I found the course manual and the revision pack very useful not just for learning but also to refer to in practice.

Employers that I have had recognise CILEx, and my opinions and knowledge are valued at work.  Interestingly, several solicitor colleagues have noticed that my CILEx Law School course manual covers legal practice topics in much more depth than they received on the LPC and I have often been asked for advice!

I have advised many people whom I have worked with to further their careers through the CILEx route, and will continue to do so.

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Katie Mayes - Chartered Legal Executive
After completing my A Levels much of the talk at my school was about going to University. I firmly believe that this route is not for everyone and that it is important to consider in each career choice, the alternative training routes available.

After completing my A Levels much of the talk at my school was about going to University. I firmly believe that this route is not for everyone and that it is important to consider in each career choice, the alternative training routes available. My school was not particularly helpful, so looking into this myself I stumbled across CILEx.

I was lucky enough to then find Ashton KCJ, Solicitors (who were then Ashton Graham), who took me on as a Trainee Legal Executive. I had exceptional on the job training, sitting in on client meetings, drafting Wills and Deeds under supervision, and all in all getting a feel for my area of the law. I have always worked in the Private Client department.who really supported and advocated the CILEx training route.

I started studying when I was 19 and it took 5 years. Juggling work commitments was really hard. Working full time, with a full workload and often working extra hours, meant that finding time to study was difficult. I used to study every Saturday all day and some Sunday mornings (depending on how the Saturday went!). I would then try to study two evenings a week, whenever I managed to leave work at a decent time. My family were always really supportive, but it was sometimes difficult to express quite how much work the level 6 exams require.

I am now a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Private Client. I particularly enjoy Court of Protection work, and I am fortunate that my immediate supervisor is a Panel Deputy of the Court.  My immediate supervisor certainly recognises my qualifications. The firm (Ashton KCJ) do also, but I think some of the more old fashioned lawyers in practice still believe a Charted Legal Executive is less qualified than a Solicitor. I firmly believe that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

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Rachel Oldham - Chartered Legal Executive
I graduated in Law from John Moores University and began working as a graduate clerk while looking for a training contract. I always seemed to just miss out on being offered a contract and in the meantime I got work as a graduate clerk.

I graduated in Law from John Moores University and began working as a graduate clerk while looking for a training contract. I always seemed to just miss out on being offered a contract and in the meantime I got work as a graduate clerk before taking up a post as a paralegal with Weightmans LLP.

When I arrived there I discovered that some of my colleagues were in the process of their CILEx training. Although I had heard of 'Legal Executives' before then, I was unaware how to gain this status and I was keen to learn more. I was delighted when my employer encouraged me to apply for the course with CILEx Law School and agreed to pay 50% of my course fees for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma.

CILEx recognised that my previous work experience contributed to my qualifying employment, so I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in a relatively short time.

When I started my CILEx training I was running my own caseload, as I had already had a number of years’ practical experience, but I wasn't receiving the same recognition or remuneration as my solicitor colleagues, who were managing similar files. Now that I have finished my training, my status as a qualified lawyer is fully recognised by Weightmans, where I am now working as a Chartered Legal Executive in the Motor Incident Investigation department.

I wish I would have been made aware of qualifying via CILEx much earlier and I have encouraged numerous people to take this route in to Law.

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CILEx Level 6 revision

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Jo Groom -
Land Law was my last exam before becoming a Member and proved to be very stressful, especially as I had previously failed the exam three years earlier

Land Law was my last exam before becoming a Member and proved to be very stressful, especially as I had previously failed the exam three years earlier. The way the revision day was taken was fantastic and finally helped me to understand Land Law and the tables/plans used were a lifesaver throughout the rest of my revision. Thank you all so much and please pass on my thanks to my revision day tutor.

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Amy Potter Level 6 CILEx Law School student
Amy Potter - Level 6 student
I just wanted to post and say a big thank you to everyone at CILEx Law School who monitors this Forum.

I just wanted to post and say a big thank you to everyone at CILEx Law School who monitors this forum.

I have just passed my final exam - contract law - and the feeling of relief is unbelievable.

Can I also please ask that you pass on my thanks to the tutor for the revision day in London in September. Before I attended this revision day, I was seriously considering deferring my exam until June but this tutor made everything so much clearer.

So much clearer in fact, that I even scraped a distinction!

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Victoria Crick - Level 6 student writing on achieving her pass in Public Law
I attended the Public Law revision day was incredibly helpful and very informative. Not only were we given help with the course revision, but also recapping on how to answer questions and presentation which was very helpful.

I attended the Public Law revision day was incredibly helpful and very informative. Not only were we given help with the course revision, but also recapping on how to answer questions and presentation which was very helpful. It was nice to speak to other candidates and talk through problems that we had found through the course. All in all, I would say it was well worth attending and I would urge other candidates to seriously consider going on them.

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About becoming a solicitor

Trevor Sterling, Partner, Thompsons Solicitors
Trevor Sterling - Partner, Thompsons Solicitors
I started as an outdoor clerk in 1984, on leaving school aged 16 with few qualifications.

I started as an outdoor clerk in 1984, on leaving school aged 16 with few qualifications. I embarked on the training route to become a legal executive, which I achieved in 1992, and then went on to qualify as a solicitor in 1993. I was subsequently appointed a partner in 1996. I specialise in trade union law.

In February 2008 I was the solicitor for the Unite union-supported claimant who achieved a landmark ruling in the House of Lords case of Corr v IBC Vehicles Limited, which resulted in my being the Times 'Lawyer of the Week' in March 2008 and the Law Society Gazette 'Lawyer in the News' in the same month. I fully recognise and value the role that CILEx has played in facilitating my achievements.
 

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The CILEx route

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Keith Etherington - Chair, Young Solicitors Group
I qualified as a solicitor by the CILEx route

I qualified as a solicitor by the CILEx route as my personal circumstances did not give me the option of A levels or university. I always knew that I wanted to become a solicitor and when I left school I started work with Mellor & Jackson in Oldham, who sponsored me through the CILEx qualification and then the Law Society qualification.

Having qualified as a solicitor, I was elected to the Law Society Council as representative for Newly Qualified solicitors and was later appointed by the Young Solicitors Group as their representative on the Law Society Council. I have since served a year as Chairman of the National Young Solicitors Group.

I fly the CILEx flag wherever I go as I believe that I am a better solicitor for having worked all the way through my studies, due to the experience that I gained along the way. I am also free of student debt, which I see as another real advantage of the CILEx route.

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Nicki Cox - CILEx student working towards becoming a solicitor
This year I’m studying tort, the last of my mandatory subjects to exempt me from the CPE (academic requirement to become a solicitor)

This year I’m studying tort, the last of my mandatory subjects to exempt me from the CPE (academic requirement to become a solicitor) – when I started work at my firm I’d never worked in the legal field before and now I’m a fee earner! I’ve studied throughout CILEx Law School because of the flexibility and support I receive.

CILEx Law School allocate a tutor to whom you send your assignments for feedback, but there’s also a whole support team, from admin and careers advisers to the web-forum where you can seek support from fellow students or the dedicated web-tutors.

CILEx Law School provide a fantastic support network and the flexibility to work at your own pace and at times convenient to you, with challenging assignments and comprehensive feedback. There’s always someone to turn to if a problem arises and always someone to give encouragement when it's needed.

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Student testimonial - CILEx Level 6 student
I thought I'd let you all know about a really useful conversation

I thought I'd let you all know about a really useful conversation I had with Rosemary Verlander-Smith re carrying on to qualify as a solicitor.

As I'm nearly half way through Level 6 I thought I'd give her a call to see what options I'd have open to me and to ask whether she had any recommedations regarding my remaining level 6 subjects.

I was very impressed with Rosemary. Her advice was excellent. We talked through where I am at the moment, where I want to get to and the various routes available to me. We discussed the routes re finance, time, ease, preferred subjects, etc.

If anybody else out there is in the some predicament (ie half way through Level 6, not quite sure whether to carry on to qualify as a solicitor and a bit confused about how to get there), give Rosemary a call. She said that she's very happy to talk this through with anybody who wants some advice. So rather than sit on your own and try to work out what's best for you yourself, call Rosemary. She's ace!

(Student message on CILEx Level 6 'chat' Forum)

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Legal Practice Course

Jude Thomas-James - former LPC student
The quality of lecturing on the open learning Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University was exceptional

The quality of lecturing on the open learning Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University was exceptional, and the course was outstandingly delivered with superb materials. The staff had so much enthusiasm and were always prepared to assist the student further with any difficulties experienced. I would thoroughly recommend the course to others.

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Simon Cross - former LPC student
The course is taught through a series of lectures and smaller tutorial groups

The course is taught through a series of lectures and smaller tutorial groups. The lecturers clearly know their subject, and inject a dynamism into the lectures that makes understanding the topics a whole lot easier. The fact that they are practising solicitors helps hugely. Behind the scenes is CCILEx Law School who streamline the administration of the course. I always found their staff very helpful. I could always rely on them to get back to me or answer any question that I had.

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Aaron Ashton - LPC student
The open learning LPC has allowed me to carry on working full time and study to be a solicitor

The open learning LPC has allowed me to carry on working full time and study to be a solicitor. The course is flexibly structured with lectures over a long weekend once a month and students are provided with all the necessary books and materials. There is also online assistance to help students study from home. The staff at CILEx Law School and the teachers on the course are always helpful and are happy to deal with any problems or questions by phone or e-mail.

The LPC is by no means an easy course, but it is well administered and run in a supportive environment where students are given every chance to succeed regardless of their geographical location or other commitments.

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Mitchell Evans - former LPC student
Howes Percival, Solicitors
Fortunately the tutors at De Montfort University were knowledgeable, approachable and experienced in their individual fields obtained from reputable local law firms

Fortunately the tutors at De Montfort University were knowledgeable, approachable and experienced in their individual fields obtained from reputable local law firms. Having completed the first year of a commercial training contract I am delighted at how well prepared I was following my LPC at De Montfort. When I started training I was confident and ready for the legal environment and the diverse range of work I was expected to undertake.

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Susie Roberts - former GDL and LPC student
Solicitor in Local Government
Having gained the GDL at DMU I knew that staying on to take the LPC was the right decision

Having gained the GDL at DMU I knew that staying on to take the LPC was the right decision. I was not disappointed. The tutors were very supportive and approachable. If I ever needed extra help it was forthcoming. The materials were excellent. There was a high emphasis on research skills which have really helped me in the 'real world'

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Sean Mercer - Senior Paralegal, Bond Pearce
My working personal circumstances have essentially dictated my choice to study for the legal practice course by open learning

My working personal circumstances have essentially dictated my choice to study for the legal practice course by open learning. The LPC offered by CILEx Law School (De Montfort) seems to me, to be the most experienced of all providers. CILEx Law School have been the most attentive and have followed up my initial enquiries. In short, CILEx Law School have come across as the most friendliest, which is important to me.

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What is a paralegal?

Katie Douglas - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
CILEx has given me the confidence to take the next step from secretary to fee earner. I feel that it is paramount in the current economic climate to have the CILEx qualification rather than simply being a non-qualified Legal Assistant;

CILEx has given me the confidence to take the next step from secretary to fee earner. I feel that it is paramount in the current economic climate to have the CILEx qualification rather than simply being a non-qualified Legal Assistant; the qualification opens new possibilities and career opportunities in the legal community.
 

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C&G/CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies

Michelle Stewart
Michelle Stewart - Thompsons Solicitors
I left school at 16/17 years with average qualifications and no idea of what I really wanted to do.

I left school at 16/17 years with average qualifications and no idea of what I really wanted to do. Secretarial work seemed the obvious choice of work for me as I had achieved qualifications in typing/wordprocessing and business administration. I got a job in a solicitor's firm and worked my way up the ranks from post office junior to personal secretary to a fee earner in the personal injury department. I thoroughly enjoyed the work I did and found it interesting, but after a number of years I felt I had become stuck in a rut.

I had obviously heard of CILEx, and realised that this was possibly the key to opening new doors for me. I enrolled on the City & Guilds/CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies course and found it really interesting. Not only that, but it gave me the confidence to apply for, and get, a role as a Litigation Assistant when one was advertised within my team. I've now got the CILEx bug and have achieved the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and have started Level 6!

I find it great that I can contact a member of staff of CILEx Law School by telephone, email, and have even seen people asking questions on Facebook, and receiving a reply! In that respect you never really feel that you are on your own.

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I work as an administrative assistant for a firm that provides employment advice to businesses. I support our advocates in their preparation for employment tribunals.

I work as an administrative assistant for a firm that provides employment advice to businesses. I support our advocates in their preparation for employment tribunals.

I had heard about CILEx from a friend of mine and so I decided to do some research myself. I had a chat with my employer, who was more than happy to help me further my career. I decided to study the City & Guilds/CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies first, rather than go straight into CILEx Level 3, because I had only studied to GCSE level at school. I selected ‘Law in the Workplace’ as my elective unit as it was most appropriate for my work.

I have enjoyed studying with CILEx Law School and found the tutors very helpful when I had any queries. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of studying law.

Hopefully I will be progressing to CILEx Level 3 in the very near future and will select the units for the Employment Practice option of the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice. I’ll be exempt from Unit 1 due to having already achieved my City & Guilds Certificate. My ambition is to become qualified as a paralegal and be able to offer employment law advice to clients.
 

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CILEx Level 3 Certificates in Law and Practice

Student Testimonial - Julie Jenkins, Mogers Solicitors
The five courses that I needed to study for the Certificate have really increased my knowledge and confidence.

The five courses that I needed to study for the Certificate have really increased my knowledge and confidence. I was a legal secretary when I started, but I am now a fee-earner in the litigation department, working as a trainee legal executive and I have put into practice much of what I learnt in my contract and civil litigation courses. For example I have recently given advice on counter offers to a client on the telephone.

I am now working towards the five remaining units for my CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

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Who are the courses for?

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Michelle Turek St John - Barrister
I am a barrister who has been out of practice for several years

I am a barrister who has been out of practice for several years. I have been asked to teach a university course in Evidence and needed to refresh my knowledge. Your fabulous, in-depth, well structured course ideally suited my requirements.

The course manual is clear, concise and as comprehensive as any textbook; the support network is superb; the 'Student Forum' provides an excellent classroom environment to discuss issues and concerns with tutors and fellow pupils; the assignment programme is well structured and allows you to pace your studies in a constructive manner; tutors return work promptly with informative comments; the administration team are friendly and efficient and always available to assist with any enquiries. In fact, every aspect has surpassed my expectations. What more can I say?

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C&G/CILEx Level 2 Certificate for Legal Secretaries

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Student testimonial - Justine de Nicolas
I've studied several courses over a number of years, starting with the Level 2 and Level 3 legal secretary courses and then going on to the Level 2 Legal Studies courses. The service I received from CILEx Law School was impeccable.

I've studied several courses over a number of years, starting with the Level 2 and Level 3 legal secretary courses and then going on to the Level 2 Legal Studies courses. The service I received from CILEx Law School was impeccable. At all times the staff have been helpful, friendly and informative. It was easy to adapt my study time to fit around everything else in my life. Altogether, a really positive experience all round!

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C&G/CILEx Level 3 Certificate for Legal Secretaries

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Student testimonial - Margaret Reynolds
I very much enjoyed the course and learned so much from the experience and I found the course material informative, detailed and helpful.

I very much enjoyed the course and learned so much from the experience and I found the course material informative, detailed and helpful. Also, I enjoyed the challenge of creating scenarios (i.e. organising a fictional Legal Secretaries' Conference) for the various tasks in each assignment and the resulting sense of achievement once each assignment was completed and my results were received.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone interested in pursuing an advanced legal secretarial qualification as it is an excellent opportunity for any legal secretary wishing to expand their knowledge of this area to fulfil their potential.

I wouldn't have done so well in the course without the kindness, support and encouragement of the CILEx Law School team and my tutor, and it's a tribute to them all that I reached such a successful outcome, both with my studies and in securing my dream job as a result.

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Certificate in Criminal Prosecution (CPS)

Alex Booker - CPS Brighton
I’m very much enjoying the course having completed 5 of the 7 assignments, not least as I seem to have gained encouraging marks so far

I’m very much enjoying the course having completed 5 of the 7 assignments, not least as I seem to have gained encouraging marks so far. Another pleasing aspect has been the high level of support I have enjoyed from the college, the helpful feedback I see from the tutor Martin Hannibal, and especially the induction day hosted by yourself, Sophie, and Trevor Biglin last November, at the end of which I had every confidence in tackling the course ahead of me and completing it on time and to a high standard, despite the fact I was new to legal training at the start of that day. Everything is very professional and a student could not ask for any more. So thank you very much!

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Michelle Grogan -
I've been delighted with what I've received so far and particularly being able to download the introductory lecture as a podcast ...

I've been delighted with what I've received so far and particularly being able to download the introductory lecture as a podcast.

I've attended my induction day and enjoyed meeting the CILEx Law School team face to face. I’ve received all the advice I need to help me overcome my worries and return to studying with confidence.

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Sian French - Student testimonial
As an assistant working on local authority prosecution cases, and with

As an assistant working on local authority prosecution cases, and with no previous experience in either the legal or local government fields, it was important to me to find a course that suited my needs. After a lengthy and sometimes frustrating search I was delighted to find the CILEx Public Sector Courses. Although designed with the CPS in mind, these courses are equally suitable for Local Government officers. Whatever stage of the prosecution process you may be involved in; there is a course for you. CILEx couldn't have been more helpful and I'm now eagerly looking forward to starting my course.

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Saryu Tanna - CPS caseworker
The induction day was superb and it gave an excellent insight

The induction day was superb and it gave an excellent insight into what the course was going to involve.  It was particularly useful to go through the subjects covered in the first assignment during the induction day.

The content of the course was extremely useful and very related to the job. By doing the course at the same time as working as a caseworker I was able to put what I was learning into context immediately.

I really did enjoy it.

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Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration (police)

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Nicky Thacker - Bedfordshire Police
As a mother of 2, I work part-time for Bedfordshire Police and also have a part-time fitness business, teaching 4 to 5 classes a week

As a mother of 2, I work part-time for Bedfordshire Police and also have a part-time fitness business, teaching 4 to 5 classes a week. It wasn't easy finding the time, but it can be done with planning and prioritising, i.e. some weeks I did a lot more than others. I've not studied for many years so feel it is a great achievement to pass with a distinction. I have been in my current police staff job for over 5 years and have had no previous legal training. I now feel far more qualified to do the job with the knowledge I have gained. I really hope that this won't be the last studying I do!

Off the record, finding the time was the hardest part! But when I did, I really enjoyed it and felt great when I got an assigment back. I did appreciate the time Beds Police gave me which was only an hour a week as I work part-time. But I would try and take this mid week and leave an hour early (found it was no good leaving until Friday!!) and it made me go home when it was all quiet and then even when the girls came in from school, I would carry on for a while.

Nothing immediately comes to mind that could have been done better. I feel that the time per assignment is realistic. I didn't use the website very much, but when I did, found it easy to use. The training day was very important as a starting point and with the pointers given. I must be honest and say I didn't go back and refer to the file that was given to us on that day.

I hope that's a help. I do appreciate the opportunity I've been given to do this.

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Stephen Somerfield - casebuilder
As a casebuilder, I have found the Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration course extremely helpful

As a casebuilder, I have found the Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration course extremely helpful for my work and interesting too. I enjoyed the course so much that I then went on to take the Advanced Course in Interviewing and Criminal Evidence. The staff at CILEx Law School have been excellent and never failed to answer a problem. I am delighted with the results I have achieved.

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Glyn Ivings, File Builder - Derbyshire Constabulary
I found the course to be well structured and easy to follow.

I found the course to be well structured and easy to follow. It has been interesting and I have been finding the knowledge useful when dealing with victims and witnesses.

 

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Introduction

Client testimonial - Katie Jarvis - Senior Manager - Learning and Development, Minster Law (Highly Commended in CILEx Employer of the Year Awards 2012)
Thanks for all your support, you and the team have helped make CILEx a massive success within Minster Law.
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Prosecutorial authorities

Employer testimonial - Mike Harney, DWP/DH
Hard to believe it has taken less than 12 months to get the whole programme off the ground.

Hard to believe it has taken less than 12 months to get the whole programme off the ground. The induction day was really good - informative and helpful with lots of positive feedback from the students. 

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Local authorities

Johanna Issa CILEx Law School student
Johanna Issa, Associate Member of CILEx, - Oldham District Council
I joined Oldham District Council as a legal assistant in the Family Department, relying on the law degree that I had obtained 17 years previously!

I joined Oldham District Council as a legal assistant in the Family Department, relying on the law degree that I had obtained 17 years previously! Whilst I did conduct of a number of cases before the courts, it soon became apparent that family work is highly contentious and I felt I needed more qualifications. I decided to train to be a legal executive and enrolled with CILEx Law School as recommended by a number of colleagues.

Studying by distance learning is allowing me to accelerate my studies and I intend to qualify as a Fellow of CILEx within the shortest time possible. I completed all the Level 3 subjects in one year and am hoping to achieve Level 6 within the same timescale. I am already seeing the benefit of the practical experience gained from studying the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. The tutor support has been invaluable and the manuals provide a clear understanding of the relevant law and associated practice.

From my own experience, I would highly recommend undertaking CILEx as a way to qualify as a lawyer.

 

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Client testimonial - Gifty Edila - Corporate Director, Hackney Council
I have found my legal executive colleagues to be very knowledgeable and highly experienced, to the extent that I previously nominated one of them for The Lawyer magazine’s Legal Executive of the Year award which he won.

I have found my legal executive colleagues to be very knowledgeable and highly experienced, to the extent that I previously nominated one of them for The Lawyer magazine's Legal Executive of the Year award which he won. I have also promoted legal executive colleagues to very senior managerial posts which they have performed to the highest standards. As well as being competent lawyers and managers, legal executives provide excellent value for money to their employers.

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Mair Young, Senior Chartered Legal Executive
Mair Young - Staffordshire County Council
Before I completed my law degree at university, I knew I did not want to undertake the LPC course. I wanted to first obtain experience in the work place to be sure that I wanted to progress with a legal career.

Mair Young, Senior Chartered Legal Executive - Property Property & Development Team, Staffordshire Legal Services, Staffordshire County Council

“Before I completed my law degree at university, I knew I did not want to undertake the LPC course. I wanted to first obtain experience in the work place to be sure that I wanted to progress with a legal career. I met colleagues during my first role who were training to become Chartered Legal Executives and this inspired to do the same.

After graduating from Aberystwyth University, I worked in a local law firm as a legal assistant undertaking civil litigation matters such as housing disrepair and personal injury claims. I then joined Wolverhampton City Council as a trainee legal executive in the property and development team and enrolled on the CILEx fast-track qualification for law graduates, and quickly became a CILEx Fellow after that, as I already had several years’ experience working on a variety of property and project matters.

I then felt ready to apply for a more senior role and move to Staffordshire County Council, where I have now been for 8 years. I undertake all aspects of property work including major sale/acquisition projects, joint venture agreements, compulsory purchase orders, and academy conversions to name just a few.

Recently, I have secured a promotion to jointly deputise the 18-strong property team. This has allowed me to continue to work on major projects while also providing support to the team leader in the management of the team. My team leader is Paula Dalton (link), who is also a Chartered Legal Executive.

I think the perception of CILEx has changed quite a bit in the last few years. My experience has been very positive and having worked in a local authority environment for the last 12 years or so has allowed me to progress to a post that I couldn’t ever have imagined doing.”

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Other commercial

Client testimonial - Julie Green - Support Services Manager, Aviva Legal Services
By cherry-picking relevant CILEx units for our legal support staff, we’re developing them and taking pressure off our senior lawyers; all at a reasonable cost.

By cherry-picking relevant CILEx units for our legal support staff, we’re developing them and taking pressure off our senior lawyers; all at a reasonable cost.
 

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Introduction

Sally Ann Case - Head of Society Prosecutions, RSPCA
We asked CILEx Law School to provide a one day course for the administrative staff that work on prosecution case files

We asked CILEx Law School to provide a one day course for the administrative staff that work on prosecution case files, to introduce them to the English Legal System and place a framework around knowledge that they already had, so that they could understand more about the work they do and where it fits into the bigger legal picture. CILEx Law School met this challenge promptly and effectively, receiving nothing but positive feedback from the staff, leaving many of them eager to start on CILEx Law School paralegal courses.

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Law and legal practice texts

Client Testimonial - Sheree Peaple, Head of Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, De Montfort Law School
At De Montfort Law School we have used CILEx Law School's course manuals for many years on our Graduate Diploma in Law programme

At De Montfort Law School we have used CILEx Law School's course manuals for many years on our Graduate Diploma in Law programme. A great attraction is the currency of the publications. All subjects are updated in the summer of each year and we know that our students will be getting the most up-to-date coverage of the law. The students find the course manuals easy to learn from, as they are well written and laid out in a format that makes them easy to digest.

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Client testimonial - Martin Cartwright , Associate Dean, School of Legal Studies, University of Wolverhampton
We initially commissioned CILEx Law School to develop materials for one module of our LLB course.

We initially commissioned CILEx Law School to develop materials for one module of our LLB course. We were very happy with the service provided - the materials matched our detailed specification, and were delivered on time and to our requirements. We have since commissioned a further five modules from CILEx Law School. I am very happy to recommend CILEx Law School's service most highly to any educational institution looking to outsource its publishing activities.

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First stage of training

Jane Colbeck-McKinnon - Level 3 student
Thank you so much for a very informative and helpful induction day on Saturday. The main thing I walked away with was the confidence that I can do this!

Thank you so much for a very informative and helpful induction day on Saturday. The main thing I walked away with was the confidence that I can do this!

I found the exercises very useful and instantly saw my errors in my first assisgnment which I'd sent in a week ago. It was also great to meet some of the other students and find they are all 'normal' people.

Thank you again, I only wish I'd been able to attend the induction day earlier as it all becomes a lot clearer afterwards!!!

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Anne Thomas Fellow of CILEx
Anne Thomas - Fellow of CILEx
I was working full time as a legal secretary in a family law department, and although I enjoyed my role, I felt that I could build on my knowledge and achieve more. I had heard about the CILEx qualification

I was working full time as a legal secretary in a family law department, and although I enjoyed my role, I felt that I could build on my knowledge and achieve more. I had heard about the CILEx qualification and after contacting CILEx and obtaining some further information, it looked as though it would be a good option to study, whilst allowing me to continue to work full time. I started the course, and studied in the evenings and at the weekends. I studied purely with CILEx Law School and so I was able to study as and when convenient. CILEx Law School were very supportive and I had very helpful tutors. As part of Level 6, I took the family practice and family law linked papers, since I had decided that I wanted to specialise in that area. I completed my exams in 2008 and around that time changed jobs to ensure that I was doing a fee earning role. I then completed my Fellowship period during the following two years. I am now a Fellow of CILEx and work as a lawyer, specialising in family law.

The CILEx route is not easy and it requires a certain amount of determination and a lot of hard work. At times, I must admit, I did feel like giving up! I think the main thing to focus on is the end goal, and your reasons for wanting to succeed. Looking back on it now, I am pleased that I continued with my studies.

Sometimes, I am asked if I will take more exams and qualify as a solicitor. My answer to this is simple. I am already a qualified lawyer, and with CILEx members now being able to obtain more and more rights, what would be the benefit in qualifying twice? Throughout my career so far, I have noticed that my solicitor counterparts have heavy financial commitments in terms of repaying large loans taken out to fund their degree and LPC, whereas I am undertaking the same work, am a qualified lawyer and am debt free. The advantages of CILEx training are many and varied. Not only is it a far more cost effective way to qualify, but also, by studying and working at the same time, on qualification, you have both the academic professional qualification and the practical experience, the end result meaning that you are a competent lawyer on qualification, and employers appreciate this.

Both CILEx and CILEx Law School have been extremely supportive and helpful, and continue to be. It was a pleasure to be part of this year's CILEx graduation and the speeches given were very inspiring.

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Second stage of training

Jenny Colvin - Lester Aldridge LLP
I have just qualified as a Fellow of CILEx after several years of study through CILEx Law School. I have also been working as a fee earner in a law firm throughout my studies.

I have just qualified as a Fellow of CILEx after several years of study through CILEx Law School. I have also been working as a fee earner in a law firm throughout my studies. This was actually extremely beneficial as when I was studying the relevant modules, I found myself able to apply the theory to my day-to-day work.

Now that I have qualified, I have also found that I already have the same level of experience as other qualified lawyers with several years of post-qualifying experience.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend studying with CILEx Law School to anyone, however daunted you are by the prospect of distance learning. The online support is friendly, promptly given and easy to understand and the revision days are enormously helpful. And once you do qualify, the legal world is your oyster!
 

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Delegate with confidence

Client testimonial - Jean Clymer - HR Manager, Needham and James
The Level 3 Certificate allows our staff to develop their careers within the firm by achieving a recognised, relevant and well-respected qualification.

The Level 3 Certificate allows our staff to develop their careers within the firm by achieving a recognised, relevant and well-respected qualification.

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In-house legal departments

Client testimonial - Guy Perring - Director of Dispute Resolution, Everything Everywhere Ltd
We supported two of our secretaries through CILEx, rather than recruit new staff. They're both now Fellows. The benefit to the legal department was that they already had excellent knowledge of how the organisation worked

We supported two of our secretaries through CILEx, rather than recruit new staff. They're both now Fellows. The benefit to the legal department was that they already had excellent knowledge of how the organisation worked, so we retained that commercial understanding as well as developing their careers.

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Becca McMullin - Chartered Legal Executive
Having been taken on by Unum as a legal assistant with no legal qualifcations, I have now been promoted to be the UK Group Company Legal Manager for Unum

Having been taken on by Unum as a legal assistant with no legal qualifcations, I have now been promoted to be the UK Group Company Legal Manager for Unum and I am responsible for a small team that deal with all Unum litigation matters in the UK, employment and immigration matters as well as dealing with other complex legal matters.

I would thoroughly recommend the CILEx qualification as an ideal option for anyone who wants to study for a rewarding legal career at any stage of life. I started CILEx study at the age of 26, completed my studies at 31 (during which time I also got married and had to plan my wedding) and became a Fellow of CILEx at 32.

You have got to be committed, but it is possible to juggle all your commitments and come through in the end.

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Select by type of work

Client testimonial - Ruth Vowles - Training and Development Manager, Lyons Davidson
We’re currently supporting several employees on CILEx courses with CILEx Law School. We find that the broad range of qualifications provides ideal training for staff at all levels and the service we receive from CILEx Law School is first class.

We’re currently supporting several employees on CILEx courses with CILEx Law School. We find that the broad range of qualifications provides ideal training for staff at all levels and the service we receive from CILEx Law School is first class.

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Immigration

Catherine Maclay - OISC Level 3 Immigration Adviser, Associate of CILEx
The knowledge I gained in my Level 6 Immigration Law course with CILEx Law School is invaluable in my practice as a Senior Immigration Consultant

The knowledge I gained in my Level 6 Immigration Law course with CILEx Law School is invaluable in my practice as a Senior Immigration Consultant with an OISC regulated law firm, Platt & Associates.

My special field of interest is women's business development options and related immigration matters. I have successfully assisted & represented female investors, entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as professional foreign business women with work permits, in their immigration matters. I have also assisted women and their children in their human rights immigration applications & appeals.

I look forward to continuing my studies with CILEx and thank you for all of the wonderful practical legal advice and support that is available through CILEx Law School.

 

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Home grow your lawyers

Lesley Smith - Human Resources Manager, JSP Solicitors
JSP have sponsored many employees through the CILEx course. We have had excellent results with our students who have all turned out to be exceptional case handlers.

JSP have sponsored many employees through the CILEx course. We have had excellent results with our students who have all turned out to be exceptional case handlers.

It is a real win/win situation for both the employee and employer. The employee, of course, has no student loan to pay back which has got to be a big bonus to them and a very good reason for them to choose the CILEx qualification.

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Client testimonial - Glynis Read - Operations Manager, Cripps Harries Hall
Gail Hebditch came through the ranks from being a legal secretary to becoming a graduate member of CILEx and an excellent fee earner. She’s on her way to qualify as a legal executive and will do so for a very reasonable sum.

Gail Hebditch came through the ranks from being a legal secretary to becoming a graduate member of CILEx and an excellent fee earner. She's on her way to qualify as a legal executive and will do so for a very reasonable sum. She's been worth her weight in gold. She also feels very committed to the firm because we've supported her studies.

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Our approach

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CILEx Law School Student - giving advice to students on CILEx courses via the Student Forum
After qualifying as a legal executive I took other elective subjects, so have been studying with CILEx Law School for about 9 years now

The great benefit of distance learning is that it can be tailored to suit you - there's no right or wrong way to do it. You'll find that you have days when you need great self-discipline to even sit down with the books, but I found that once I knew I was going to sit there for, say, two hours, I thought to myself "well I might as well get on with it!".

In the first couple of assignments for each subject, you'll feel like you're just "muddling through". Don't get disheartened by that - I usually find that the things I learnt in the first few assignments were put into focus and perspective later in the course. Of course, you'll have your tutor and the on-line tutors. They are absolutely fantastic and will always help.

There are other staff at CILEx Law School who are dedicated to supporting students too. I have to say that every time I've needed support or advice it's been there. It feels very much as though you are "on your own" when you start distance learning, but that is not the case. Yes, you may need to specifically ask for help but you are not without support when you need it.

Good luck and keep going!

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Student Testimonial - Level 6 student - email to academic team
I just wanted to say a quick thank you again for your help and encouragement on the phone.

I just wanted to say a quick thank you again for your help and encouragement on the phone. I  received my assignment back and was very pleased with my 60% mark.  The tutor was very good with his support, comments and marking, although I need to focus on the questions a bit more.

Onwards and upwards - Assignment 2 to be prepared this weekend. I am enjoying the distance learning experience.  Although the essays are tough as regards timing and word limit it really does help to prepare and focus for the exam, which after all is the whole point of it all!

 So thanks again for being there.

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Student testimonial - Anita Bridges - Forum comment
I'm impressed with the speed of response to my posting on the Forum: it's great to get things clarified quickly and feel able to move on!

I'm impressed with the speed of response to my posting on the Forum: it's great to get things clarified quickly and feel able to move on!  I've re-read all the relevant sections of the manual, together with your reply, and I reckon I've cracked it now. Thank you for your response, that's really helpful.
 

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Jenny North, Irwin Mitchell
Jenny North, Irwin Mitchell - CILEx Law School Student
I found my tutor to be an excellent help during my studies. The comments she added to my assignments helped massively.

I found my tutor to be an excellent help during my studies. The comments she added to my assignments were really useful and helped massively. She was very prompt at returning assignments, positive, encouraging and friendly.  I also thought that the assignments were very useful in that they were challenging enough to properly prepare me for the real exam.

Overall, the CILEx course so far has exceeded my expectations in all aspects.

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Patsy Stewart CILEx Law School student
Patsy Stewart - Email to tutor following Induction Day
Can I please say a huge thank you to you for the induction day. I was not going to come along, but I am so glad I did. Before the induction day I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the course, but I came away feeling a totally different person.

Can I please say a huge thank you to you for the induction day. I was not going to come along, but I am so glad I did. Before the induction day I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the course, but I came away feeling a totally different person. I knew where I was going with the course, how to proceed and everything was so much clearer. It was such a tremendous feeling, it was like a weight had been lifted. I also enjoyed the whole experience of the day, meeting other people and you especially made the day. You were so clear and friendly and so approachable it was definitely worth driving 250 miles.

Thank you so much once again for your time and effort.
 

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Our Student Area

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CILEx Law School Forum user - comment on usefulness of the Forum
May I compliment you all on this Forum

May I compliment you all on this Forum - your replies are very very fast and efficient as well as being extremely helpful. I know I for one would be lost without you guys, and I'm sure many others feel the same too. 

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Amy Potter Level 6 CILEx Law School student
Amy Potter - Level 6 student
I just wanted to post and say a big thank you to everyone at CILEx Law School who monitors this Forum.

I just wanted to post and say a big thank you to everyone at CILEx Law School who monitors this forum.

I have just passed my final exam - contract law - and the feeling of relief is unbelievable.

Can I also please ask that you pass on my thanks to the tutor for the revision day in London in September. Before I attended this revision day, I was seriously considering deferring my exam until June but this tutor made everything so much clearer.

So much clearer in fact, that I even scraped a distinction!

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Student Testimonials

Suzanne de Jarne - CILEx Level 3 student
Very very many thanks for your invaluable support during Level 3. Believe me, I would not have passed the exams if it were not for the excellent support and advice that I have received during my studies.

Very very many thanks for your invaluable support during level 3. Believe me, I would not have passed the exams if it were not for the excellent support and advice that I have received during my studies both on the forum and from my designated course tutors. On a personal level, the tutors all seem to really understand the complexities of distance learning and in the times when I have felt overwhelmed, there has always been someone on hand to boost my moral and confidence and pick me up again. I have never been anything less than absolutely impressed with the first class way in which CILEx Law School have handled my courses.
 

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Introduction

Paula Trimble - CILEx Level 3 student
I am a full time mum of two small boys and decided to pursue a qualification with CILEx Law School in preparation for when I am able to go back into employment.

I am a full time mum of two small boys and decided to pursue a qualification with CILEx Law School in preparation for when I am able to go back into employment.

The reason I chose to study with CILEx Law School is I needed a flexible way to study to fit arround my commitments and CILEx Law School offered this perfectly. The help I have received so far from CILEx Law School especially on the fantastic student forum is second to none. The online tutor organised a timetable for my studies specifically around my commitments which has been an absolute lifeline for me as I have a clear view of all my goals and when I should aim to achieve them.

The study materials are easy to comprehend yet very thorough and together with the excellent layout of the manuals make studying a joy! I am looking forward to continuing my studies with CILEx Law School and to the rewarding career that hopefully awaits me, and would recommend CILEx Law School to anyone who is looking for a flexible and affordable way to study.

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Why study with CILEx Law School?

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Julie Gildie - CILEx Level 3 Student
The clarity of the material is refreshing

The clarity of the material is refreshing - I had feared that it would be obscure and difficult to understand, but was pleasantly surprised. I am new to the study of law, but have found CILEx Law School's approach friendly and 'unstuffy'. Excellent service, high quality materials and enjoyable course.

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Jane Colbeck-McKinnon - Level 3 student
Thank you so much for a very informative and helpful induction day on Saturday. The main thing I walked away with was the confidence that I can do this!

Thank you so much for a very informative and helpful induction day on Saturday. The main thing I walked away with was the confidence that I can do this!

I found the exercises very useful and instantly saw my errors in my first assisgnment which I'd sent in a week ago. It was also great to meet some of the other students and find they are all 'normal' people.

Thank you again, I only wish I'd been able to attend the induction day earlier as it all becomes a lot clearer afterwards!!!

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Suzanne de Jarne - CILEx Level 3 student
Very very many thanks for your invaluable support during Level 3. Believe me, I would not have passed the exams if it were not for the excellent support and advice that I have received during my studies.

Very very many thanks for your invaluable support during level 3. Believe me, I would not have passed the exams if it were not for the excellent support and advice that I have received during my studies both on the forum and from my designated course tutors. On a personal level, the tutors all seem to really understand the complexities of distance learning and in the times when I have felt overwhelmed, there has always been someone on hand to boost my moral and confidence and pick me up again. I have never been anything less than absolutely impressed with the first class way in which CILEx Law School have handled my courses.
 

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Lauren Galbraith -
I'd just like to mention that my tutor is being so helpful, above and beyond what I think he has to be.

I'd just like to mention that my tutor is being so helpful, above and beyond what I think he has to be. I am finding this area a bit difficult to get into the swing of but he's been so encouraging and positive and really providing me with a lot of help - it really does make a big difference!
 

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What is a Chartered Legal Executive?

Sarah Parsons CILEx Law School student
Sarah Parsons - Bonallack and Bishop
I have always been interested in law and wanted to pursue this as a career from an early age.

I have always been interested in law and wanted to pursue this as a career from an early age. I was nervous about accumulating student debt so, after my A levels, I obtained a job in a law firm as an office junior instead of going to study law at university.

It was there that I discovered the legal executive training route. This appealed to me because it meant I could continue to earn a living whilst still achieving my goal of becoming a qualified lawyer.

I studied all my CILEx courses with CILEx Law School, and during my four-year period of study I became a junior fee earner and eventually a fully-fledged fee earner with my own caseload, specialising in Conveyancing and Land Law.

I have now passed all my exams and am a Graduate Member of CILEx and will soon become a Fellow. Having been working since I left school I am in a much better financial position than most of my friends and am really pleased with the way things have turned out for me.
 

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CILEx Level 3 Unit 02 Contract Law

John Hancock - Level 3 Contract student
As a project manager and subsequently a bid manager for an IT company, I became involved in negotiating the finer detail in contracts.

As a project manager and subsequently a bid manager for an IT company, I became involved in negotiating the finer detail in contracts. In 2010, I was appointed as contract manager for a major elections project which was delivered in 2012. I decided that I wanted to improve my knowledge on contract law and started to look for suitable courses and a colleague who is a solicitor suggested CILEx.

I was 49 when I started studying for CILEx exams and I hadn’t studied since completing my Computer Science degree many years before. I initially intended to study just the CILEx Level 3 Contract Law module – but this ignited by interest in law in general. I have now completed four other Level 3 units and have started work on two further units. I do not have to study more however my experience with CILEx makes me want to study more.

I work closely with our two in-house solicitors on contracts. I am looking to extend this to other areas such as employment law. My responsibilities are expanding as a direct result of my studies.

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CILEx Level 6 Unit 18 Criminal Litigation

Fay Lynch - First Law Partnership
I enrolled with CILEx Law School and have passed every single exam and felt fully prepared for each one. The manuals were very clear and the online forum was also very helpful.

I enrolled with CILEx Law School and have passed every single exam and felt fully prepared for each one. The manuals were very clear and the online forum was also very helpful. I also used the course summaries for revision and attended the face to face revision days. I am now a Graduate Member of CILEx and specialising in criminal law.

I am currently working as a crown court litigator as a result of my CILEx qualification. I work for First Law Partnership whose head office is based in Bedford. I prepare cases from the time they are committed/sent to the Crown Court through to Appeal and thereafter any prison law matters. I am also undertaking the Police Station Accreditation Course and I am exempt from the written exam having completed Level 6 with CILEx.

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CILEx Level 6 Unit 08 Immigration Law

Catherine Maclay - OISC Level 3 Immigration Adviser, Associate of CILEx
The knowledge I gained in my Level 6 Immigration Law course with CILEx Law School is invaluable in my practice as a Senior Immigration Consultant

The knowledge I gained in my Level 6 Immigration Law course with CILEx Law School is invaluable in my practice as a Senior Immigration Consultant with an OISC regulated law firm, Platt & Associates.

My special field of interest is women's business development options and related immigration matters. I have successfully assisted & represented female investors, entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as professional foreign business women with work permits, in their immigration matters. I have also assisted women and their children in their human rights immigration applications & appeals.

I look forward to continuing my studies with CILEx and thank you for all of the wonderful practical legal advice and support that is available through CILEx Law School.

 

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Create your own academy

Damilola Muyi-Opaleye - School leaver on Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP's Step2Success programme
I’m working whilst I’m learning; this allows me to put what I’m learning into practice...

I’m working whilst I’m learning; this allows me to put what I’m learning into practice and also witness real life examples. I’m gaining a lot of experience which I wouldn’t have been able to get right from the beginning if I went to university.

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Why distance learning?

Fay Lynch - First Law Partnership
I enrolled with CILEx Law School and have passed every single exam and felt fully prepared for each one. The manuals were very clear and the online forum was also very helpful.

I enrolled with CILEx Law School and have passed every single exam and felt fully prepared for each one. The manuals were very clear and the online forum was also very helpful. I also used the course summaries for revision and attended the face to face revision days. I am now a Graduate Member of CILEx and specialising in criminal law.

I am currently working as a crown court litigator as a result of my CILEx qualification. I work for First Law Partnership whose head office is based in Bedford. I prepare cases from the time they are committed/sent to the Crown Court through to Appeal and thereafter any prison law matters. I am also undertaking the Police Station Accreditation Course and I am exempt from the written exam having completed Level 6 with CILEx.

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Are you worried about university fees?

Katie Mayes - Chartered Legal Executive
After completing my A Levels much of the talk at my school was about going to University. I firmly believe that this route is not for everyone and that it is important to consider in each career choice, the alternative training routes available.

After completing my A Levels much of the talk at my school was about going to University. I firmly believe that this route is not for everyone and that it is important to consider in each career choice, the alternative training routes available. My school was not particularly helpful, so looking into this myself I stumbled across CILEx.

I was lucky enough to then find Ashton KCJ, Solicitors (who were then Ashton Graham), who took me on as a Trainee Legal Executive. I had exceptional on the job training, sitting in on client meetings, drafting Wills and Deeds under supervision, and all in all getting a feel for my area of the law. I have always worked in the Private Client department.who really supported and advocated the CILEx training route.

I started studying when I was 19 and it took 5 years. Juggling work commitments was really hard. Working full time, with a full workload and often working extra hours, meant that finding time to study was difficult. I used to study every Saturday all day and some Sunday mornings (depending on how the Saturday went!). I would then try to study two evenings a week, whenever I managed to leave work at a decent time. My family were always really supportive, but it was sometimes difficult to express quite how much work the level 6 exams require.

I am now a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Private Client. I particularly enjoy Court of Protection work, and I am fortunate that my immediate supervisor is a Panel Deputy of the Court.  My immediate supervisor certainly recognises my qualifications. The firm (Ashton KCJ) do also, but I think some of the more old fashioned lawyers in practice still believe a Charted Legal Executive is less qualified than a Solicitor. I firmly believe that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

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Kerry Critchlow Level 3 student -
I completed my work experience at Cooper Sons Hartley and Williams assisting their receptionist for two weeks whilst I was in year 10 at secondary school.

I completed my work experience at Cooper Sons Hartley and Williams assisting their receptionist for two weeks whilst I was in year 10 at secondary school. I returned to Cooper Sons every summer after that to cover reception until they offered me a full time post as a legal secretary. During this time, I attended sixth form and studied for A Levels in Science, Psychology and Drama. I also attained a Diploma in Hairdressing after studying my A Levels during a “break” so-to-speak to decide whether to enrol on a course with a university or find a full time job.

I heard about the CILEx because a solicitor at my work qualified through this route. After working with Coopers for six months I asked my employers if they would sponsor me and they agreed to pay for my fees. I started studying for my CILEx exams when I was 20.

When first enrolling with CILEx I worked in a bar two/three nights per week alongside working full time at Coopers, and studying for my CILEx exams by distance learning. This has now been reduced to one/two nights per week. In hindsight, I am so glad that I chose to study with CILEx. I can earn money whilst completing my studies and also get an insight into different areas of work. Had I attended university I would not have had such “hands on” experience. Studying with CILEx is not to be taken lightly, it is hard work and you have to be committed to your studies. However, it is only a few years of my life and once I have completed my studies I will be qualified and the hard work will be worth it.

I definitely would recommend the CILEx route to others. It fits in comfortably around my work and family commitments. I am lucky enough to have all my fees paid for me, I am gaining a career for life and will not be lumbered with debt at the end of it. I think it is a great alternative to attending University where there is such fierce competition to get training contracts.

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Qualify as a Notary Public

Sabiha Jawad - Studying Level 6 for Notary Public qualification
My learning experience with CILEx Law School was very good.

I was in the final year of studying for an open-learning degree when I heard about CILEx, but it seemed so right for me that I actually enrolled on my first CILEx Law School course straight away, so that my studies overlapped with each other.

I have three children aged 13, 11 and 7 and was working full time whilst pursuing my studies, so it was a busy time!

Due to my CILEx studies I was able to get a job in a law firm. I have now completed the full CILEx professional qualification, including the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice and am now a Graduate Member. My qualification is recognised by my employer and I am now working as an associate at Ratna and Co. Solicitors which was the second Asian firm to open in East London in 1989.

My learning experience with CILEx Law School was very good. I found the staff to be helpful and knowledgeable and the structure of qualification is easy to understand, both from the advice given to me by their staff and from their website. After completing Level 6, I have now enrolled again with CILEx Law School to fulfil the academic stage of becoming a Notary Public.

I recommend the CILEx route to others because the support and materials on offer from CILEx Law School are expertly delivered. One can work at a law firm, join CILEx, gain the required experience, qualify as a Fellow, enrol on the LPC and become a solicitor without the need to do a training contract.

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Study for a new career in law

Pauline Cadman Level 3 student -
I used to work for Lancashire Constabulary, and thoroughly enjoyed it initially but after a number of years in the same job it just wasn’t fulfilling enough.

I used to work for Lancashire Constabulary, and thoroughly enjoyed it initially but after a number of years in the same job it just wasn’t fulfilling enough.

I moved to work for CM Law and the partner who I work for suggested that I study some CILEx courses so that I would be able to progress into a more responsible role. I was 35 when I first started studying, and am a single mum with two teenage daughters. I had to take a reduction in salary from working with the police but it was worth it to get a job with real prospects for career development.

I work in conveyancing, family matters and probate/wills and my firm is very supported of my studies. Studying at my age was initially hard, having to incorporate study time as part of my life. Now I couldn’t imagine being without CILEx because it has been, and still is, invaluable to my career. I have still got a long way to go before I qualify, but so far so good.

The changes to my life have been very rewarding. Now when clients ask questions I can answer with confidence. The people I work with can see a vast difference in my knowledge and self-esteem.

 

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