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Name : The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
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Address : Kempston Manor
  Kempston, Bedford
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Do you want to have a career as a fully qualified lawyer, legal secretary, or paralegal?

CILEx is the professional association for around 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers and other members.

It regulates its members in the public interest and provides education, training and development of skills for its members, and those who wish to become more proficient and knowledgeable in the law.

CILEx offers a full range of qualifications in law and legal practice set at all levels (from basic, to A-level to honours degree level equivalent). These are suitable if you are already working in the legal profession, or want to start a career in law.

Our qualifications can lead you to become a qualified lawyer, or ensure you are fully proficient in your roles, with Legal Secretary qualifications and Paralegal training run in conjunction with City and Guilds.

Taking the Chartered Legal Executive lawyer route means you can earn-as-you-learn and gain valuable practical experience while those studying traditional law degrees are stuck in the classroom. Once your Legal Executive studies and qualifying employment are complete you will be able to call yourself a qualified lawyer straight away without having to undertake an LPC or wait for an elusive training contract to become a solicitor.

We also offer advanced qualifications for lawyers who want to become Advocates.

We also work closely with the JAC to help Chartered Legal Executives enter the judiciary.


With students entering university in 2012 expected to leave with an average student debt of £55,000 the CILEx route is ideally placed to provide an affordable route to a career in law. Our qualifications cost just £7000 from start to finish.


Over 70 centers across England and Wales offer CILEx qualifications with some also offering distance learning options meaning you can fit your studies around your other commitments.


While CILEx qualifications are cost effective, 75% of employers pay for their staff to study with us. That means you get your training for free and earn a salary at the same time.


Law firms across the country recognise the quality and skills that CILEx qualifications bring to their teams. You will find Chartered Legal Executive lawyers working and studying in firms as large as Pinsent Mason and Irwin Mitchell, or regional legal providers like Gordons and Minster Law.


Completing your Chartered Legal Executive lawyer training means you will have a qualification set assessed at honours degree level and will be tackling specific areas of law with enviable knowledge and skill. 85,000 students have already studied through CILEx and forged successful and rewarding careers at law firms across England and Wales. Some are heading up departments in large law firms where they manage other lawyers (including solicitors), some have gone on to become advocates to help represent clients in court, some have become partners in law firms such as Irwin Mitchell or have set up their own business but there is also the option of choosing the enter the Judiciary later on in their career too. Just like our first Legal Executive Judge Ian Ashley Smith.


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