>>>Become a solicitor via the CILEx route
Become a solicitor via the CILEx route

Become a solicitor via the CILEx route

Qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer does not prevent you from also qualifying as a solicitor, and there are advantages in selecting this route to train to be a solicitor. Using the CILEx qualification to become a solicitor is quite a complicated process as it involves satisfying two regulatory bodies – the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

How to use CILEx qualifications to qualify as a solicitor

If you are a law graduate wishing to use the CILEx route to qualify as a solicitor, you must first become a Chartered Legal Executive by fulfilling the requirements specified by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). These include studying for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (GFTD) and meeting CILEx’s requirements for qualifying employment.

Exemptions

Qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive means that you are automatically exempt from the period of recognised training (formerly the training contract) required by the SRA. You will still need to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The LPC that we offer with De Montfort University offers some exemptions to those who hold the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma, so the cost is reduced.

Routes to qualification

There are a number of routes available to qualify as solicitor based on your starting point:

You can become a solicitor without having a law degree. If you have not started your training yet, why not consider studying through the CILEx route? This way, you work through the CILEx exams and qualifying employment , and then top up your CILEx qualifications with some additional CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates to satisfy the academic stage of training required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You then embark on the Legal Practice Course. Chartered Legal Executive lawyers may be exempt from undertaking the two-year training contract usually required by the SRA. It is important that you contact the SRA’s training and education department on 0370 606 2555 to confirm that the route you intend to take will meet their requirements before enrolling on any courses with CILEx Law School.

If you have qualified as a Graduate Member of CILEx through the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, your CILEx Level 6 law subjects will count towards the SRA’s academic stage of training. You can study with CILEx Law School to obtain CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificate exams in the remaining subjects from the SRA’s core list:

  • Tort
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Contract
  • Land Law
  • Public Law
  • European Law
  • Criminal Law

In addition to these, you will need one further law subject of your choice. This, too, may be a CILEx Level 6 exam you have already passed.

Once you have satisfied the SRA’s academic stage of training you need to embark on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Chartered Legal Executives may be exempt from undertaking the two-year training contract usually required by the SRA. It is important that you contact the SRA’s training and education department on 0370 606 2555 to confirm that the route you intend to take will meet their requirements before enrolling on any courses with CILEx Law School.

Read how Claire Hughes left school at 16 and became a solicitor and legal team leader by studying through the CILEx route.

If you have become a Graduate Member of CILEx through studying a law degree followed by the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma you will have already satisfied the SRA’s academic stage of training with your law degree. If you are already a Chartered Legal Executive (ie you have completed the academic and qualifying employment requirements specified by CILEx) and you have completed the Legal Practice Course you will be exempt from undertaking the two-year training contract usually required by the SRA. It is important that you contact the SRA’s training and education department on 0370 606 2555 to confirm that the route you intend to take will meet their requirements before enrolling on any courses with CILEx Law School.

Please contact Adam Norton, our Professional Courses Administrator, on 01234 844305 if you would like some advice or guidance.

Getting started

The rules on how to qualify as a solicitor are set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). We strongly advise that you contact us on 01234 844305 to discuss your personal circumstances before embarking on any courses with CILEx Law School. We will give advice on the routes available, your eligibility and any time limits that apply. Any advice given in respect of the SRA will need to be confirmed with them by contacting their training and education department on 0370 606 2555.

The options give to you on this page are given as a guide and you should check the current training regulations with the SRA on 0370 606 2555.

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