About distance learning

Distance learning is an ideal way to study if you want to earn money at the same time. It does not mean getting a parcel in the post and being left to get on with it. All courses include online and printed materials, as well as ongoing access to our staff by telephone or via our online student forum. Many courses also include face-to-face sessions either for induction, practical workshops or revision. A key element of our provision is the opportunity to submit work for marking by subject specialists.

Why study with us

Students who are learning at a distance need to have the syllabus delivered in a way that does not require constant supervision. Course materials have to be developed with this in mind. Enrolling with us for your distance learning course will mean that your course resources will have been developed for you, not adapted from the materials for full-time students as can so often be the case.

How it works

The resources available will depend on which course you enrol on, but all our courses require you to have access to a computer and the internet. Please visit individual course pages for more detailed information. All our courses offer access to the online Student Area, where your learning resources are tailored to deliver your selected courses. All our course resources, whether online or printed materials, are designed to ensure that you maximise the learning potential from your study time.

Why choose distance learning

This is an ideal way of learning law if you want to:

With increased tuition fees, many prospective students are looking for alternatives to university. Distance learning is an excellent way of reducing university costs. You can still obtain a good degree in law without attending a full-time university course.

The options we have enable you to:

  • study from home by distance learning so that you avoid paying rent
  • pay much lower course fees than for a full-time degree course
  • earn money alongside your studies so that you can offset your maintenance costs
  • seek employment in the legal profession alongside your studies, so that you gain experience while you learn.

We have a number of options to study law for you to select from, all of which offer a fantastic alternative to enrolling on a full-time degree course:

  • LLB in Legal Practice: this is a law degree with a difference which enables you to combine essential legal knowledge with practical legal skills while gaining a valuable law degree from City, University of London. Developed jointly by The City Law School, part of City, University of London, and CILEx Law School, the degree is taught via supported distance learning, so you can study from anywhere in the UK.
  • Apprenticeships: law firms are increasingly using apprenticeship schemes to develop home-grown talent. These offer a really exciting opportunity to get into a professional environment without incurring the cost of a university education.

Distance learning is an ideal option if you are looking for a career change to law. Retraining in law is possible whilst continuing to work in your current employment if you study by distance learning. This means that you can work towards a new career in law while maintaining your current financial commitments. The majority of our students work alongside their studies, and all our courses are geared to make this possible. Many of them offer continuous enrolment, for example, so you can take the plunge as soon as you have made your decision.

There are a lot of options available and you first need to consider, taking your educational history and experience into account, the type of legal work that you might like to do:

  • Qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive: A Chartered Legal Executive is a lawyer who has followed one of the prescribed routes to qualification set out by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Chartered Legal Executives are eligible to become partners in law firms and to share in the firm’s profits.
  • Become a qualified paralegal: 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.
  • Qualify as a solicitor: To become a solicitor you must study at graduate and postgraduate level. Graduate-level study is known as the academic stage of training, while the postgraduate level is known as the vocational stage of training.
  • Train to be a legal secretary: 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 aspirations.
  • Study to be a will writer: Unlike many legal activities, will-writing can be carried out by anyone who wishes to set up a will writing business.
  • Apprenticeships: law firms are increasingly using apprenticeship schemes to develop home-grown talent. These offer a really exciting opportunity to get into a professional environment without incurring the cost of a university education.

Our courses provide a great resettlement opportunity for anyone interested in studying law.

The benefits of studying with us

Sue Scrace describes how studying with CILEx Law School fits in with her work and home life