Course summary

CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) courses provide an alternative route to becoming a qualified lawyer. Our CILEx courses are taken part-time, so that you can continue to work while studying towards your qualification.

Students who have no previous legal experience or academic qualifications can start their legal education at Level 3 (equivalent to A Level standard), while those who have already completed a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law are qualified to take the CILEx Level 6 qualifications.

Find out more about CILEx, how to qualify as a legal executive lawyer and career options available to you.

Who is this course for?

The CILEX Level 3 Single Subject Certificate recognises your achievement in a specific area of law or legal practice. The qualification is best suited to you if you do not wish to go on to become a full legal executive and Fellow of CILEx, but do still require recognition in a specific professional area of law and legal practice.

The qualification will, however, also act as an important milestone if you wish to move on to become a legal executive lawyer. You will be awarded a CILEx certificate for each unit of study you have undertaken successfully. Each unit is at A Level standard.

CILEx (not the University of Westminster) may allow certain exemptions for previous studies. Please view the CILEx exemptions table and contact CILEx directly to see what exemptions you may qualify for.

Course fees

In addition to the tuition fee, you will be required to pay CILEx:

  • a registration fee to be assigned the correct membership grade
  • an exam fee for each exam or assessment you are sitting
  • a fee to buy the mandatory CLS manual for each unit of CILEx study
  • a fee for examination re-sits

For full details, please contact CILEx directly on +44 (0)1234 841 000.

Discounts and offers

We offer a 15% discount for organisations or companies registering two or more delegates on any of the CILEx courses. Offers do not accumulate.

How to claim your discount

Email us on or call us on +44 (0)20 3506 9900. Please note that you must confirm your eligibility before booking. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.

We will provide further information about registering as a member with CILEx when you join the course. Please do not register before starting the course.

Course structure

We offer the following Level 3 units.

Term 1

Law units

Term 2

Law units

Practice units

Professional skills

CILEx 2020–21 entry requirements

In order for your application to be accepted you will need to have one of the following qualifications:

  • GCSE - Grade C / 4 or above in English Language
  • IGCSE - Grade C / 4 or above in English Language
  • IELTS Academic - 6.0 overall with a minimum 6 in Writing
  • Cambridge Assessment English - C1 Advanced with a minimum of 169 overall
  • Pearson PTE Academic - 4 average with 51 in each component
  • TOEFL (IBT) - 78 overall with a minimum 17 in Writing
  • TOEIC - Minimum of 780 overall
  • European Baccalaureate English - 6 in the European Baccalaureate English component

If you do not have any of the qualifications listed above please provide details of the qualification you wish to submit or contact us via our email: [email protected].

CILEx Open Days

We currently don't have any scheduled open days. New dates are added regularly.


This course is currently underway. The next available course will run in September 2021 and bookings will open in Spring 2021.

If you are interested in this course, please fill out our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch when bookings re-open.

Start date
Day and time

Course dates

Mandatory Induction Evening

  • 9 or 11 September 2020

Term dates

  • Term 1: 14  September to 11 December 2020
  • Term 2: 4 January  to 28 May 2021


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