The CILEx route to becoming a lawyer is low cost, flexible and quick. At CU Coventry the Graduate Fast Track qualification will only take you 6 months to complete.
Why choose this course?
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.
The CILEx Level 6 Graduate Fast-track Diploma is for law graduates e.g. LLB (Bachelor of Laws) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) who wish to qualify as lawyers without undertaking the more expensive Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) routes. 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.
The CILEx Graduate Fast Track is comprised of two CILEx Level 6 Practice units (one of which must relate to a subject you studied within your law degree or GDL) and the CILEx Level 6 Client Care Skills unit which is mandatory.
The units offered by CU Coventry are given below:
- Unit 22: Client Care Skills
- Unit 18: Criminal Litigation or Civil Litigation
- Unit 20: The Practice of Family Law
Optional Modules (subject to numbers):
- Unit 21: Probate Practice
- Unit 17: Conveyancing
- Unit 19: Employment Practice
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?
CILEx Graduate Fast Track runs for 6 months, from January to June.
Saturday half-day (optional modules) 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm
Tuesday (Civil Litigation) 6pm-10pm
You should possess a qualifying law degree (QLD) e.g. LLB or GDL.
Fees and funding
Tuition Fees: £1,400
How to apply
You can apply directly for this course by completing the Online Application Form.
Please view our Professional Qualifications Timetable page for specific start dates.
How will this course enhance my career prospects?
After you complete the CILEx qualification, to become a CILEx fellow/lawyer you must comply with the qualifying employment requirement.
For further information on qualifying employment contact CILEx direct.
For students wishing to dual qualify as solicitors, CILEx level 6 qualifications have exemptions with the SRA (Solicitors' Regulation Authority) for the Foundations of Legal Knowledge subjects, and candidates achieving the Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice can use this qualification towards becoming a solicitor.
The CILEx qualification of (i.e. CILEx Fellowship/lawyer) will enable you to acquire exemption from the two-year training contract required by the SRA upon completion of the LPC course to become a solicitor. It is important that you contact the SRA to get full details, as this exemption is wholly at its discretion.
CILEx membership and exams registration
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.
When you enrol on a CILEx course you also need to become a member of CILEx to take any part of the CILEx Professional Qualification in Law. This is in addition to enrolling with a Centre providing CILEx courses. You will not be allowed to take any examination or submit a Professional Skills coursework unless you are registered as a member of CILEx.
Students will have to purchase their own manuals from the CILEx Law School website.
Course manuals are not included in the tuition fees and CU Coventry does not provide them.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed by two examinations and one coursework submission.