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?
This course is stage 2 of academic training for students who wish to become Chartered Legal Executive lawyer and is designed for those who have achieved the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in & Practice and those who have an ordinary BA Law Degree (non-qualifying).
The CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is set and assessed at Honours degree level. Upon completion of the Level 3 and Level 6 qualifications you will gain graduate status.
Once you have completed the Level 6 Diploma in Law & Practice you will need to complete a period of qualifying employment to be able to apply to become a CILEx Fellow/Lawyer and use the designation FCILEx after your name.
What will I learn?
Building on the CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice, students are required to demonstrate a broad and detailed understanding of the law. The units are a combination of substantive law and Practice.
For the Level 6 qualification you will need to complete and pass 6 units including the two mandatory Professional Skills units (Client Care and Legal Research).
CU Coventry delivers the following Level 6 units.
- Unit 22: Client Care Skills
- Unit 23: Legal Research Skills
- Unit 3: Criminal Law
- Unit 7: Family Law
- Unit 13: Tort Law or Contract Law
- Unit 18: Criminal Litigation or Unit 20 The Practice of Family Law or Civil Litigation
- We also offer optional Level 6 units/modules (subject to numbers):**
- Unit 4: Employment Law
- Unit 8: Immigration Law
- Unit 9: Land Law
- Unit 14: Law of Wills and Succession
- Unit 17: Conveyancing
- Unit 19: The Practice of Employment Law
- Unit 21: Probate 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.
Teaching contact hours
CILEx Level 6 can be studied on either full-time (one year) or part-time (over 2 years).
This course will be delivered on either:
Saturday full-day | 09.00 - 18.00
Saturday half-day (optional modules) | AM (9.00 – 1.00) or PM (2.00 – 6.00)
Tuesday and Thursday (Civil Lit and Contract Law) | 18.00 - 22.00
You should possess good numeracy and literacy skills before starting the qualification. This course builds on the CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law & Practice or if you have an ordinary Law Degree but you may still be required to undertake the relevant units in Level 3 in order to acquire the full qualification of a Chartered Legal Executive. Unit 3 exemptions may be available. You have to complete an exemption form which can be downloaded from the CILEx website and apply directly to CILEx (there will be a fee for this application). For further information on exemptions please contact CILEx.
Fees and funding
Course fee £2,200.
Funding is now 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 our 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 Level 6 Programme you will become a Chartered Legal Executive with graduate status. To become a CILEx fellow/lawyer you must complete 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 & 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. NB 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. Contact CILEx direct for further information on membership and exams registration.
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 the Manuals.
If you need more advice and guidance please contact us.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed by examinations and coursework.