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?

This CILEx Level 3 course is the first year of Level 3 studies. It is suitable for you if you have no previous formal academic qualifications or legal experience, although CILEx recommends students possess English GCSE level or its equivalent.

The course provides 30 weeks of tuition (including mocks and feedback) in addition to pastoral care and regular access to a personal tutor throughout the academic year. It also includes some periods of independent guided study. 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.

For any student enquiring about the University’s CILEx programme and seeking any information/documentation in an alternative format, please contact our team on [email protected].

Course fees

There are instalment options available for our tuition fee. Contact us to find out more.

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

To successfully complete the CILEx you must undertake all units of study. For students who are not working towards the CILEx, and are not seeking to become qualified lawyers, subjects can be taken in isolation.

Due to the combination of studies, you will receive your Certificate and Professional Diploma in Law after completing Year 2 of Level 3 studies.

For CILEx Level 3 Year 1 you will take the following units.

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.

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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