CILEx route

Average duration to becoming a solicitor from A Levels: Minimum 6 years

A more practical alternative…

A Chartered Legal Executive is a qualified lawyer, regulated by a professional body but via an alternative route to a Law Degree. The training to become a Chartered Legal Executive is narrower than training to become a solicitor, which means you study to the same levels as solicitors but have more flexibility in which topics you study. Whilst studying a broad range of law subjects, a Chartered Legal Executive can select fewer legal practice subjects to study to an advanced level which can be in the areas you have chosen to specialise in.

As there is no set time specified in which all the units/ qualifications need to be completed, the CILEx route appeals to many people from school leavers through to people choosing to take a different career path further down the line. There is also the appeal of working and earning money while you qualify rather than accumulating debt from university fees.


Why did you choose the CILEx route?

I always wanted to go into Law, but University wasn’t really an option and I think the CILEX course is a really good route as you are effectively “earning as you are learning” gaining valuable hands on experience in real time alongside your training. I would say it is hard work but extremely rewarding!

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Bethan Goodridge | Residential Conveyancing Manager

Why did you choose the CILEx route?

For me it was because I was already working in a legal firm, so I decided to get my qualification in what I was doing.

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Rachel Simmonds | Residential Conveyancing Manager


Routes into Law - Cilex Route

**Correct as of July 2018**

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