We will be tailoring our delivery of our short courses in the year ahead, in accordance with government guidance on physical distancing, with the safety, health and wellbeing of our University community at the heart of our decisions. We will be delivering the CILEx courses via online virtual classroom until the end of 2020.

Whatever the way you start your Westminster experience - online, on campus or a blend of these - you can be assured of a warm welcome at our University, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience, are our priorities.


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.

The CILEx Level 6 Graduate Fast-track Diploma is designed solely to accredit legal practice knowledge and understanding. It is aimed at those with significant and broad experience of the law (such as law graduates) who need a qualification specifically in relation to legal practice.

This course is suitable for you if you have successfully completed an LLB or GDL at a university in England and Wales.

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

There are instalment options available for the tuition fees. The instalment plan consists of 50% at enrolment, 25% on 11 December and 25% on 29 January.

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

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

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

Discounts and offers

We offer a 15% discount for:

  • alumni of University of Westminster undergraduate or postgraduate courses
  • organisations or companies registering two or more delegates on any of the CILEx courses

You can only use one discount per booking and cannot use a discount together with any other offer. Offers do not accumulate.

How to claim your discount

Email us on ​[email protected] 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

You will study two practice units, plus Client Care Skills, which is mandatory.

Please note that, due to student uptake, not all units run every year.

We offer the following Level 6 units.

Practice units

Professional skills

CILEx 2020–21 entry requirements

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

  • Law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law

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]


The 2020-21 course is currently underway.

The course is currently closed for new bookings, please keep an eye on our website for future dates.

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

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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