Law

A career in law can be extremely rewarding – and you don’t need a law degree to enter the profession.

Whether you are already working in the legal industry and seeking to boost your career, or are looking for a flexible way to enter the legal industry, we partner with colleges who are Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) accredited study centres to offer a cost-effective, accessible route to qualifications that are nationally recognised.

CILEx represents more than 20,000 trainee and practicing Legal Executives. Law firms across the country recognise the quality and skills that CILEx qualifications bring to their teams. Students and apprentices tend to be highly motivated and career-focussed. Once fully qualified, paralegals are able to become fee earners for their firm, making the paralegal apprenticeship a popular career progression route for legal secretaries.


Our Law Courses and Apprenticeships

Our Courses
CILEx Certificate in Law and Practice (Online and On Campus)
Level 3

This CILEx course provides an excellent introduction to law and legal practice, developing knowledge and skills that will enable students to undertake complex research tasks and work with clients.

What will I learn?

The Certificate course is suitable for those starting their career in law or equally for those currently working for a law firm who wish to progress further and gain recognition for their skills.

The qualification covers five units relating to Introduction to Law and Practice, Law of Tort, Legal Research Skills, Client Care and Civil Litigation.

Units of Study

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to Law and Practice: this unit provides a broad introduction to the study of law, laying the foundation stones for the rest of your legal training. It is a wide-ranging unit, covering the workings, history and quirks of our legal system.
  • Unit 5 – The Law of Tort: a Tort is a civil wrong: This unit examines the main tort which is negligence, covering the workings of the law in this area. It is linked to the Civil Litigation unit as part of this course and is also one of the compulsory units in your Level 3 Diploma.
  • Unit 9 – Civil Litigation: this unit covers the civil action process from beginning to end. It is known as a practice unit, as it deals with what happens in a court from a practical point of view.
  • Unit 16 – Client Care Skills: this unit covers the importance of client care and The Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct. It is one of two compulsory professional skills units, the other being Legal Research Skills.
  • Unit 17 – Legal Research Skills: this unit allows you to practice legal research, a vital skill you will need throughout your career. Along with Client Care Skills, it is one of two compulsory professional skills units.

Entry Requirements

  • A good standard of literacy (ideally English at grade C/5 or above at GCSE).
  • You may need to attend an interview at the college.

Progression

This qualification allows progression to the Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice. To achieve the Level 3 Diploma, students must complete 5 further units of study.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives offers unitised qualifications, allowing qualification as Associate Members of the Chartered Institute and progression to the Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma.

Career Opportunities

The qualification provides a flexible and cost-effective route to a legal career without the requirement of a law degree. After completing the Certificate course, students can progress to the Diploma course, upon completion of which they can become fee-earners in a legal practice.

How to Apply

Applications can be made via our partner colleges. Search for your nearest provider here >

CILEx Diploma in Law and Practice (Online and On Campus)
Level 3

This CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) course is the second year of the two-year Diploma. New students should start with the first year of study, the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice.

What will I learn?

The Diploma course is a progression course for those who have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice and wish to progress their studies further.

The Diploma builds on the knowledge gained in the first year of study and covers five new units in contract law, criminal law, land law, family law and conveyancing practice.

Students who successfully complete the Diploma course can become fee-earners in a legal practice, become associate members of CILEx and can use the designatory letters ACILEx after their name.

Units of Study

  • Unit 2 – Contract Law: This is a compulsory unit which looks at how a contract is defined in law, how terms are incorporated and how they may be brought to an end. It also deals with the effect of a misrepresentation on a contract, and the remedies available if it is breached.
  • Unit 3 – Criminal Law: This is also a compulsory unit which considers the concepts of a guilty act and a guilty mind, and specific offences, including criminal damage, theft and murder. It also deals with the ways in which a defendant may avoid a conviction by raising a defence such as self-defence.
  • Unit 4 – Land Law: The final compulsory unit which explores the nature of land, how it can be held, and who owns the air above and the ground beneath a house. It looks at the difference between personal and real property, registered and unregistered land and explain what the result of defaulting on a mortgage may be.
  • Unit 7 – Family Law: This unit deals with the legal status of marriage, and how it differs from cohabitation. It considers the ways in which marriages may be brought to an end by annulment or divorce, and the facts upon which they may be based. Finally, it looks at how children are protected in law, considering the responsibilities of parents and guardians, and the orders they may apply for under the Children Act 1989.
  • Unit 10 – Conveyancing: This is a practice unit linked to land law. It looks at what happens during a property sale and purchase, as well as re-mortgaging. It considers the ways in which property may be owned with another person and what different types of co-ownership involve. Finally, it deals with the process for exchange of contracts, legal completion, and registration of ownership.

How will I be assessed?

Five units must be passed to complete the Diploma in Law and Practice qualification. All are assessed by written exams.

Entry Requirements

  • A good standard of literacy (ideally English at grade C/5 or above at GCSE).
  • You may need to attend an interview.

Progression

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives offers unitised qualifications, allowing qualification as Associate Members of the Chartered Institute and progression to the Level 6 Higher Diploma in Law and Practice.

Career Opportunities

The qualification provides a flexible and cost-effective route to a legal career without the requirement of a law degree. Students who successfully complete the Diploma course can become fee-earners in a legal practice, become associate members of CILEx and can use the designatory letters ACILEx after their name.

How to Apply

Applications can be made via our partner colleges. Search for your nearest provider here >

Our Apprenticeships
CILEx Paralegal Apprenticeship (Online and On Campus)
Level 3

The Paralegal Apprenticeship is at level 3 – equivalent to A-levels – and will equip apprentices with skills that can be directly applied in their roles.

This apprenticeship is suitable for paralegals or other current employees in administration or customer service who have the potential for development. It would also be suitable for school leavers with good written English who have the maturity to study law.

Available Pathways

Apprentices study on a specialist pathway linked to their job role. Pathways currently offered are:

  • General Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Conveyancing

What will I learn?

All apprentices will study three core CILEx Level 3 units: Introduction to Law and Practice, Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills.

Apprentices will study additional units relevant to the pathway they have selected. These units comprise the knowledge element of the apprenticeship.

Core Units of Study

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to Law and Practice: this unit provides a broad introduction to the study of law, laying the foundation stones for the rest of your legal training. It is a wide-ranging unit, covering the workings, history and quirks of our legal system.
  • Unit 16 – Client Care Skills: this unit covers the importance of client care and The Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct. It is one of two compulsory professional skills units, the other being Legal Research Skills.
  • Unit 17 – Legal Research Skills: this unit allows you to practice legal research, a vital skill you will need throughout your career. Along with Client Care Skills, it is one of two compulsory professional skills units.

Apprentices will also study additional units relevant to the pathway they have selected.

  • General Litigation Pathway: Unit 2 Contract Law and Unit 9 Civil Litigation Practice
  • Personal Injury Pathway: Unit 5 The Law of Tort and Unit 9 Civil Litigation Practice
  • Conveyancing Pathway: Unit 4 Land Law and Unit 10 Conveyancing Practice
How will I be assessed?
  • The CILEx Level 3 introductory law and practice unit is assessed through a central CILEx exam. There are two exam sessions per year. The client care and legal research professional skills are assessed by coursework marked by the college and moderated by CILEx.
  • The areas of law and legal practice are assessed through two end-of-unit written exams and two open book timed assessments of 90 minutes each.
  • The portfolio: evidence gathered during the apprenticeship to demonstrate knowledge and competence is compiled into a portfolio during the final four months of the apprenticeship, which is used to form the basis of the interview is conducted.
  • An end-point interview, during which apprentices are asked questions to demonstrate their competence.

Entry Requirements

All candidates must have five GCSE grades A*-C/9-4, including English and Maths.

Progression
The Paralegal Apprenticeship contributes to the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and to the Chartered Legal Executive qualification.

Those completing a Paralegal Apprenticeship can also move on to a Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship.

Apprentices with suitable aptitude can be developed further using either of these routes. This makes the Paralegal Apprenticeship an ideal recruitment and selection tool for the next generation of fee earners.

The Paralegal Apprenticeship may also contribute to part of the competence element of the Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Career Opportunities

  • This apprenticeship provides a flexible and cost-effective route to a legal career without the requirement of a law degree.
  • The Paralegal Apprenticeship contributes to the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and to the Chartered Legal Executive qualification.
  • Those completing a Paralegal Apprenticeship can also move on to a Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship. Apprentices with suitable aptitude can be developed further using either of these routes. This makes the Paralegal
  • Apprenticeship an ideal recruitment and selection tool for the next generation of fee earners.
  • The Paralegal Apprenticeship may also contribute to part of the competence element of the Solicitor Apprenticeship.

How to Apply

Applications can be made via our partner colleges. Search for your nearest provider here >


Online and On Campus

Choose how, when and where you want to study with our Online and On Campus courses and apprenticeships.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop – allowing you to fit your study around work and life commitments. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and can be re-visited as often as you need. Lessons are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life, and exercises and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, you will benefit from face-to-face classes (or virtual classroom sessions) at your local partner college with an experienced tutor. A combination of tutor-led lessons, group exercises and discussion help you apply theory to real-life workplace situations.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place or if the college has to close. Regular ‘On Campus’ lessons are replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.


Engaging Learning for Busy Lives

Whether you’re upskilling, retraining or juggling family commitments, finding the time to study can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve built our courses and apprenticeships to fit around our students’ busy lives.

Watch this short video to find out how our Online and On Campus approach gives you the flexibility to decide how, when and where you want to study.