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CILEx Law and Practice Level 3 Professional Diploma

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This course is designed primarily for people working in a legal environment who wish to qualify as members of the Institute. However, it is not always necessary to have a legal background.

The CILEX route into the profession is now well accepted for those not wishing to pursue a degree course.  Indeed, it has its attractions over the LLB route. Firstly, it is much cheaper, and students can develop their professional careers whilst studying. Secondly, there are practical units which are not normally found on degree courses.

What I'll learn

At the College, the course is taught over a two year period. There are 10 modules to complete, eight by examination and two by in class assessment. The programme is as follows:

Year 1 Year 2
Introduction to Law and Practice Land Law
Civil Litigation (Practice Paper) Conveyancing (Practice Paper)
Contract Law Criminal Law
Law of Wills and Succession Law of Tort

                        

 

 

 

In Year 1 the compulsory professional skills module is Legal Research Skills, and in Year 2 Client Care Skills.

 

How I'll learn

Only one year can be taught at a time and so Year 1 is repeated every other year. The class usually meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:15–9:30pm from September to January and then from 5:15–7:15pm for the rest of the year. The professional skills module is completed by five days full attendance at College on days mutually convenient to students and lecturer.

The class size is normally about 15 enrolled students. A variety of teaching methods are used from formal instruction to discussion of case studies and examination preparation. The College’s computer rooms can be used for completion of the in class assessments, and the Learning Resources Centre has all the major textbooks together with current periodicals. Students will be expected to undertake a certain amount of private study, and regular homework tasks are set.  Both tutors may be available outside class times.

 

How I'll be assessed

Examinations can be taken at the College and resits are available, although it is clearly advisable to pass first time! With each year the first two modules can be examined in January, and the other two in June. However, there is flexibility over when examinations can be sat, and in which order.

On the successful completion of Level 3, students are encouraged to progress to Level 6, which is also available at the College on a part time basis.  After that, Fellows of the Institute can go on to qualify as a solicitor.

 

Entry Requirements

CILEx indicates that to embark on the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, you are strongly recommended to have a minimum of four GCSE grades C or above, including English Language or Literature, or qualifications at an equivalent level.

For potential students, the first thing to do is to look at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives website, and to become a member. You will need to pay a joining fee, and an annual fee to the Institute. They charge an examination fee per session.  You are also encouraged to purchase the Institute’s study manuals, although teaching is done independently of these. Finally, having completed the College’s Enrolment Form you need to pay the tuition fees direct to the College. Fees are subject to amendment each year.

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Further information regarding this course can be obtained from:

Mark Wallace BSc (Hons), PhD, Solicitor (non-practicing)
Mark.Wallace@ActivateLearning.ac.uk
01344 66418