Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship
This Apprenticeship Standard was developed as a five-year programme leading to qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive, but exemptions from some of the content are available for candidates who have already achieved a CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law & Practice or a law degree.
Who is this apprenticeship for
This programme is appropriate for candidates who have already studied law and worked (or are working) in a legal environment. This includes people who have completed the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice or who are law graduates. It is not recommended for school leavers in their first role in a legal organisation. Further information is provided in the Candidate selection tab below.
Anyone embarking on the CLE Apprenticeship must be in a role which meets CILEx Regulation’s requirements for qualifying employment during the final years of their apprenticeship.
At a glance
Includes all of CILEx’s academic requirements – currently Level 6 units or exemptions depending on prior qualifications
Meets all of CILEx’s qualifying employment rules and work-based learning requirements
Requires the completion of an extended case study
Minimum 20% off-the-job learning time required
Apprentices need to demonstrate that they have achieved the government-published standard for this programme by the end of their apprenticeship.
We do not recommend starting a school leaver immediately on to the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship for their first role in a legal organisation. Instead, we recommend that they complete the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law & Practice and move on to the later stages of the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship after that.
Candidate specification – current CILEx students
The programme may be suitable for employees who are already part way through their CILEx qualification. Students must have already achieved their CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice to be moved into the apprenticeship scheme. There are substantive skills and knowledge to be acquired through the apprenticeship. We can advise on eligibility for funding, according to each student’s individual circumstances. Please contact us for advice. Candidates must have Maths and English GCSE grades A*-C/9-4.
Candidate specification – law graduates
Law graduates can join the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship. Apprentices who already hold a qualifying law degree study three CILEx Level 6 units. Please contact us to discuss this further. Anyone embarking on the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship must be in a role which meets CILEx Regulation’s requirements for qualifying employment during the final years of their apprenticeship. Candidates must have Maths and English GCSE grades A*-C/9-4.
The delivery includes:
- Schemes of work with targets broken down across the period of the programme
- Face-to-face or live interactive webinar induction
- Live interactive webinars and/or face-to-face teaching support to teach law and professional skills
- Face-to-face or live webinar revision sessions with specialist tutors prior to exams
- Course manual specially written to deliver the syllabus
- “The Student Area” virtual learning environment giving access to resources for all units in one location through personalised login
- Webcasts on law topics
- Revision materials where technical units lead to a timed assessment
- Academic study assistance during office hours
- Regular visits by their allocated legally-qualified assessor and trainer
- Contact by phone/email between visits
Progress feedback and reporting
- Formative study exercises with feedback from subject specialists
- Marked mock assignments to develop skills
- Online system to record evidence to support achievement of Chartered Legal Executive Standard
- Tracking of progress and reporting to employer
The standard for this apprenticeship specifies the following outcomes to be achieved by the end of the programme.
- Adaptability & resilience: ability to work under pressure and willingness to accept changing priorities and work patterns when new jobs need to be done, or requirements change.
- Personal development: proactive in own development, commitment to the job and the sector, ensuring knowledge is up to date and progressing. Evaluate own professional skills and legal knowledge.
- Team working & collaboration: establish effective working relationships with others.
- Honesty & integrity: apply the rules of professional conduct appropriately to relevant situations. Demonstrate an understanding of the need to avoid discrimination and promote equality and diversity. Understand when work is beyond own capability; openly admits mistakes/difficulties and seeks guidance and support as appropriate.
- Motivation & enthusiasm: demonstrate a positive and proactive approach to work. Take responsibility for own actions
- Business & ethics in Law: understand the different business models operating in the legal services sector. Understand one’s own organisation and the part of the legal services sector in which it operates. Understand the ethical issues and obligations applying to the provision of legal services, including the IPS Code of Conduct requirements, other rules and regulatory requirements and how to act inclusively and respect diversity.
IT: use available technology to suit different purposes, and achieve the quality of outcomes required, and to store, retrieve and analyse information
- Commercial awareness: understand commercial practices relevant to one’s area of work and have an awareness of commercial practices of one’s organisation
- Finance: understand the basic financial methods and drivers of one’s own organisation
- Risk & compliance: is compliant with legal organisational and regulatory policies and procedures. Understands the risks.
Technical: has a broad base of legal knowledge to draw on, and a detailed understanding of the law, practice and procedures of own specialist area of practice.
- Communication skills and literacy: use accurate and suitable language in communication – written and oral. Represent and advise a client through effective communication, including negotiation and advocacy, where applicable and permitted.
- Numeracy: ability to read and understand numbers used in different ways, interpret results and present findings accurately.
- Planning & organising: plan and meet deadlines expeditiously in order to deliver outcomes for the business.
- Working relationships: ability to work co-operatively with others towards achieving internal and external clients’ objectives.
- Client relationship management: client focused with an ability to build strong relationships with client and third party contacts at all levels. Provide clear advice to clients or service users.
- Research: ability to identify, gather and present relevant information from appropriate sources to order this information in terms of importance, relevance and value and to use it to carry out required tasks. Ability to undertake legal research and produce research notes.
- Drafting & accuracy: ability to draft and present legal documentation which is accurate and appropriate.
- Data & file management: understand, implement and maintain filing and recording systems and procedures.
- Critical thinking and problem solving: analyse, interpret, critically evaluate and synthesise information in order to apply the law appropriately to a client’s situation and advise on solutions to legal problems.
- Providing legal advice: give succinct and practical legal advice to clients in terms that they can easily understand.
The client care and legal research professional skills are assessed by coursework marked by CLS and moderated by CILEx.
For law and practice units, apprentices sit the central CILEx exams (three-hour unseen exams for Level 6 units).
Apprentices have to complete a work-based learning portfolio, demonstrating the learning outcomes specified by CILEx.
They also have to complete a case study showing that they can apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the standard to run a legal matter/case from start to finish.
No progression – the apprentice will be a qualified lawyer on successful completion.
How we support our apprentices
CILEX Law School’s role as the apprenticeship provider is to ensure that the apprentice develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours listed in the standard. We provide employers and apprentices with a delivery plan which explains how and when each element of the standard will be achieved.
Our learner management information system enables employers to be informed about their employees’ progression through their units. We have legal assessors and trainers located regionally throughout England, who support our apprentices in the workplace. Apprentices are guided and supported through their apprenticeship via specially developed learning materials, e-learning, telephone support, live webinars and some face-to-face teaching/assessment.
How much does it cost?
The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90/hour (April 2019), but employers in the legal services sector will usually pay significantly more than that. See the information below for funding and allocation of the levy relating to this apprenticeship.
The cost will depend on the qualification already achieved by the learner:
- CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma achieved: £10,500 comes out of the levy pot. Any additional CLE apprentices in this category taken on once levy pot plus 10% government top-up is used, would then cost the employer only £1,050 per apprentice (10%).
- Qualifying LLB achieved: £9,000 comes out of the levy pot. Any additional CLE apprentices in this category taken on once levy pot plus 10% government top-up is used, would then cost the employer only £900 per apprentice (10%).
The cost will depend on the qualification already achieved by the learner (from 1 April 2019):
- CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma achieved: £525 to be paid by employer
- Qualifying LLB achieved: £450 to be paid by employer