CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice
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The CILEx route to becoming a lawyer is low cost, flexible and quick. At CU Coventry you can study CILEx Level 3 and Level 6 over two years full-time. You can also opt for the part-time route should you wish to do so. The Graduate Fast Track qualification will only take you 6 months to complete.

Taking the Chartered Legal Executive lawyer route means you can earn-as-you-learn and gain valuable practical experience as classes are delivered on Saturdays and in the evenings.

There is no requirement to secure a training contract or pupillage when taking the CILEx route to becoming a lawyer. Graduates qualify and practise as Chartered Legal Executive Lawyers and they stand shoulder to shoulder with Solicitors in the legal sector.

Why choose this course?

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law & Practice is the first stage of academic training to become a Chartered Legal Executive (unless you already hold a law degree). The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma is made up of a total of ten units, and is designed to give prospective legal executives a good grounding in all core areas of law.

Once you have completed your Level 3 qualification you will be able to apply directly to CILEx (with a fee) to become an Associate member of CILEx and will be entitled to use the designatory letters ACILEx after your name.

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice has been developed as a unitised qualification which permits students to adopt a flexible and tailor-made approach to learning. Whilst all students undertake a certain amount of core study, there is also room for students to take units which reflect their main areas of interest.


What will I learn?

The Level 3 Diploma in Law & Practice comprises of 10 units. 

Unit title
  • Unit 1 Introduction to Law & Practice
  • Unit 2 Contract Law
  • Unit 3 Criminal Law
  • Unit 4 Land Law
  • Unit 5 Law of Tort
  • Unit 7 Family Law
  • Unit 9 Civil Litigation
  • Unit 12 The Practice of Family Law
  • Unit 16 Client Care Skills
  • Unit 17 Legal Research Skills

The qualification also includes a practical legal skills component. The professional skills units (units 16 Client Care and 17 Legal Research) require that students demonstrate key transferable legal skills in practical situations.

The mandatory inclusion of these units in the Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law & Practice ensures that the qualification both reflects the pace of change in the legal sector and that CILEx students are well-prepared to embrace this change.

For more information on the qualification the CILEx handbook provides a comprehensive guide, setting out information about the content of the qualifications, the examinations and assessments.

How will this course be taught?

CU Coventry offers a university environment with a different method of delivery. Most of the CILEx tutors at CUC are qualified lawyers who can impart their legal knowledge and expertise to their students and demonstrate how the law actually works not only in theory but also in practice.

The modules are delivered via classroom based lecture sessions. The lessons are an interactive two-way process, which encourages student participation.

Handouts and PowerPoint lecture slides are available via our virtual learning environment and all students have access to tutors for advice and guidance concerning the course. 

This course will be delivered on either:

Saturdays | 09.00 - 18.00
Tuesday and Thursday | 18.00 - 22.00

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 3 qualification. However, you should possess good numeracy and literacy skills before starting the programme of study. GCSE Maths and English at Grade C are desirable or relevant work experience.


If you have A-Levels in Law students can apply for exemptions for some of the Level 3 modules.  Contact CILEx direct for more information.


Fees and Funding


Funding is available for all students over the age of 19 on the first day of the academic year (1st Sept). This is available from the Student Loans Company via the Advanced Learner Loan. This is subject to approval by the SFA.


How to apply

You can apply for this course by completing the online application.

Start date

This course runs from September to June. Please view our Professional Qualifications Timetable page for specific start dates.

CILEx membership and exam registration fees

As this course is accredited by CILEx, you will need to pay a membership fee and exam registration fees directly to CILEx. You are advised to contact CILEx or visit their website for more information.

Course manuals

Students will have to purchase their own manuals from the CILEx Law School website

Course Manuals are not included in the Tuition fees and the college does not provide the Manuals.

How will I be assessed?

8 out of the 10 units will be assessed by examination in January and June of each academic year. The 2 professional skills units (Client Care and Legal Research) will be assessed by coursework.

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