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Progression routes

Progression routes

The CILEx route is designed to be flexible, enabling people to progress from a number of entry points and tailor their studies to their needs. Apprenticeships have also broadened the options available, further promoting continuing education while in work.

The best option for you

In contrast with the ‘traditional’ university route, which has a rigid progression and offers limited recognition until full qualification is achieved, with the CILEx route you can get started no matter your background and aspirations. From taking a single course to deepen your understanding of a specific area of law to gradually building up to becoming a fully qualified lawyer, there are always progression options open to you. Each course or qualification can also increase your marketability and value in the workplace, meaning you don’t have to wait years to see the benefits.

Select your entry point

If you have no legal work experience or relevant qualifications, we recommend that you start with one of our Level 2 legal secretarial qualifications.

Our courses for legal secretaries will develop or refine your secretarial skills and help you to succeed in the legal environment.

The choice of legal secretary qualifications available means that you can tailor your learning to fit your current experience and learning requirements.

If you have some legal work experience but no qualifications, do give us a call for further advice.

You might want to consider starting with one of our legal secretarial qualifications, though if you have significant experience, you may be able to get started with CILEx Level 3 (we generally recommend having four GCSE grades C or above or 9-4, including English language or literature, or qualifications at an equivalent level, prior to enrolling on Level 3).

If you have GCSEs, or an equivalent qualification, there are a number of courses you can get started with:

The chart below shows the progression options, depending on which course or qualification you start with:

If you have A-levels, or an equivalent qualification, there are a number of courses you can get started with:

  • CILEx Level 3: we generally recommend having four GCSE grades C or above or 9-4, including English language or literature, or qualifications at an equivalent level.
  • Paralegal Apprenticeship: you will need a minimum of two A-levels grade C or above to apply.
  • Solicitor Apprenticeship: you will need a minimum of three A-levels grade C or above, including English and Maths, to apply.

The chart below shows the progression options, depending on which course or qualification you start with:

If you have a non-law degree, or an equivalent qualification, there are a number of courses you can get started with:

  • CILEx Level 3: we generally recommend having four GCSE grades C or above, including English language or literature, or qualifications at an equivalent level.
  • Graduate Diploma in Law: doing a GDL can give you a broad base of legal knowledge and then allow you to enter the CILEx route via the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma.
  • Solicitor Apprenticeship: you will need a minimum of three A-levels grade C or above, including English and Maths, to apply.

The chart below shows the progression options, depending on which course or qualification you start with:

If you already have a law degree, the CILEx route might prove interesting for several reasons:

  • it will allow you to bypass the training contract requirement (period of recognised training) if you are looking to qualify as a solicitor
  • it offers you an alternative way to qualify as a lawyer by becoming a Chartered Legal Executive
  • you can get some work experience while continuing your studies, rather than committing to the LPC if you have been unsuccessful in securing a contract to enable you to achieve the period of recognised training required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • it’s a lot more cost-effective then funding the LPC
  • it means you can start accumulating valuable work experience, and get hands-on experience of working in the legal sector

As a law graduate, your next step to qualification is the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (GFTD). You will also need to complete three years of qualifying employment which satisfies the work-based learning requirements set by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Two of the years can be done concurrently with your GFTD studies, and one must be completed after you complete your academic qualification.

If you have experience or qualifications which are not listed here, please give us a call so we can discuss you circumstances and advise you on the most suitable course.