The term ‘paralegal’ is used for many differing roles within the legal world, and our range of options for paralegal training reflects that diversity, ranging from the equivalent of GCSE-level study to postgraduate level.
Options tailored to your needs
Select one of the options below to find our recommendation for the best level of study for you. You can also visit our ‘What is a paralegal?’ page for more information.
The options available to you depend on your current academic qualifications and your level of confidence. The options are as follows:
- CILEx Level 3 Certificates in Law and Practice: this is the paralegal qualification that we would recommend for anyone who wants to gain an entry-level paralegal qualification who has already studied at A-level or above. Enrolling on this qualification is an ideal way of showing a prospective employer that you are interested in entering the legal sector. There are ten areas of legal practice available.
- CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies: this is a lower-level course which is appropriate if you have no formal academic qualifications. It can also help to build up your confidence before moving on to a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice if you are unsure where to start.
- CILEx Level 3 Certificates in Law and Practice: this is the paralegal qualification that we would recommend for all non-qualified support staff who wish to consolidate their current knowledge or move into fee earning. There are ten areas of legal practice available.
- CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies: this course is appropriate for support staff who wish to gain background knowledge. Ideal if you have no current formal qualifications or wish to build confidence before moving on to a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice.
- CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificate: these advanced courses are ideal for those who have studied a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice, and wish to gain in-depth knowledge in a particular area of legal practice, rather than to go down the broader professional qualification.
- Practice rights: under the Legal Services Act 2007 some legal work can only be undertaken by, or under the supervision of, an ‘authorised person’. These areas of work are called ‘reserved’ and ‘regulated’ legal activities. CILEx Regulation, the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has schemes to grant these rights in conveyancing and probate practice. A combination of relevant study and evidence of experience in progressing files entitle you to become a specialist practitioner in those areas without becoming a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive.
CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificate: these advanced courses are ideal for law graduates to gain in-depth knowledge in a particular area of legal practice. They can be studied individually and will also contribute to the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma.
Non-core law subjects which may not have formed part of a qualifying law degree or GDL can also be studied, for example Family Law, Employment Law, Immigration Law or Wills and Succession. These might be particularly relevant for staff who wish to study, or refresh their knowledge of, a particular area of law due to a career move to a new practice area.