Practice areas

Practice areas

We offer courses in a wide range of law and legal practice subjects. These can contribute towards CILEx qualifications, or can be studied independently for subject knowledge. Courses in a number of practice areas are available at different levels, so that training can be matched to your educational and practical experience.

Distance learning training in law and legal practice

We offer courses in a wide range of practice areas and they can either be studied alone as part of one the CILEx qualifications.

CILEx Level 3 courses are suitable for paralegals with no previous legal training, whereas our CILEx Level 6 courses are in-depth training more suitable for qualified staff wishing to move departments or for law graduates seeking training in legal practice.

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This is a minority practice area which is recommended for people who are already engaged in a relevant role.

This practice area is only available at Level 3. We would recommend that you consider the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Child Care Practice) as a starting point. CILEx Level 3 Child Care Practice is also available as a single course. This course can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Certificate achieved: work as a member of a local authority children’s services department (or other public sector agency dealing with child protection) or in a law firm specialising in children’s work. Inter-agency liaison, obtaining emergency protection orders, care orders, adoption and placement orders
  • Type of work for which further study is required: Matters relating to custody etc. are included in the Family Law and Family Practice units at Levels 3 and 6. See the Family tab

Civil Litigation and Contract Law are available at both Level 3 and Level 6:

At Level 3

These courses can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. They can be purchased as part of a package at a discounted price.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Level 3 Certificate achieved: advise on, and progress, straight-forward, low-value contract claims including simple debt recovery matters
  • Type of work for which further study is required: complicated contractual claims of significant value

At Level 6

These courses can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

Civil Litigation and Law of Tort are available at both Level 3 and Level 6:

At Level 3

These courses can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. They can be purchased as part of a package at a discounted price.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Level 3 Certificate achieved: advise on, and progress, straight-forward, fast-track personal injury claims; assist in more complex cases
  • Type of work for which further study is required: high-value claims for loss of life or serious injury; claims with complex liability issues

At Level 6

These courses can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

This practice area is only available at Level 6 and will provide you with in-depth knowledge of how to apply the law relating to the setting up, running and dissolution of companies and partnerships in England and Wales.

Theses course can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

Conveyancing available at both Level 3 and Level 6:

At Level 3

These courses can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. They can be purchased as part of a package at a discounted price.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Level 3 Certificate achieved: conduct conveyances of domestic freehold registered land including drafting contract, searches, mortgage documentation, completion and registration
  • Type of work for which further study is required: purchase or sale of leasehold land and unregistered land. Conveying commercial property

At Level 6

These courses can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

Criminal Litigation is available at both Level 3 and Level 6:

At Level 3

These courses can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. They can be purchased as part of a package at a discounted price.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Level 3 Certificate achieved: Advise clients charged with summary offences on legal aid and the criminal justice process including sentencing.
  • Type of work for which further study is required: Indictable offences with complex facts and legal issues.

At Level 6

These courses can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

This practice area is only available at Level 3. We would recommend that you consider the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Elderly Client Practice) as a starting point. CILEx Level 3 Elderly Client Practice is also available as a single course. This course can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. You should also consider the CILEx Level 3 Unit 14 Probate Practice.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Certificate achieved: advise on the law of succession; take will instructions and draft wills; register enduring powers of attorney; advise on lasting powers of attorney; prepare applications to the Court of Protection
  • Type of work for which further study is required: will-writing for high-value estates requiring specialist tax and trust advice

Employment practice available at both Level 3 and Level 6:

At Level 3

These courses can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. They can be purchased as part of a package at a discounted price.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Level 3 Certificate achieved: advise employers/ employees on straight-forward cases involving discrimination (age, disability, religion, sex, race), maternity and paternity rights, unfair dismissal and redundancy. Complete Employment Tribunal forms
  • Type of work for which further study is required: advise on high-value and/or complicated unfair and constructive dismissal claims. Advise on TUPE matters

At Level 6

These courses can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

Family practice is available at both Level 3 and Level 6:

At Level 3

These courses can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. They can be purchased as part of a package at a discounted price.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Level 3 Certificate achieved: advise on law relating to separation and divorce including contact and residence of children and distribution of assets; draft and file divorce petition
  • Type of work for which further study is required: separation/ divorce in high-value and/or complicated cases where the value and share of assets is in dispute

At Level 6

These courses can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

This practice area is only available at Level 6 and will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the law relating to immigration in England and Wales.

This course can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

Probate practice is available at both Level 3 and Level 6:

At Level 3

These courses can count towards either the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. They can be purchased as part of a package at a discounted price.

  • Type of work that you could do under supervision once Level 3 Certificate achieved: advise on law of succession; take will instructions and draft wills; advise on IHT threshold and exemptions; administer uncomplicated estates including completing oath forms and IHT forms
  • Type of work for which further study is required: will-writing for high-value estates requiring specialist tax and trust advice. Administration of high-value estates

At Level 6

These courses can count towards the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, the Graduate Fast-track Diploma or as CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates.

Our CILEx Level 6 courses can be used to fill in any gaps that you need to comply with the Faculty Office’s requirements. These are recognised by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury for this purpose.

Our will-writing courses will give you the training you need to learn to write wills competently. Unlike many legal activities, will writing can be carried out by anyone who wishes to set up a will-writing business. However we would recommend that all will writers are trained to a high level of competence, and our distance learning courses will equip you to give a better level of service to your clients.