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CILEX offers a new ‘cheaper’ route into law

By July 14, 2021People

A new ‘substantially more affordable’ route into the legal profession than the Solicitors Qualifying Examination is now open to applicants.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) has remodelled its non-graduate law course which will now enable students to gain full practice rights within six years.

The qualification incorporates work and study, covering a combination of legal knowledge and commercial awareness, including mandatory modules on technology, business skills and emotional intelligence.

Having been approved by CILEX Regulation, the qualification is now open for enrolment. The route has been welcomed by lord chancellor Robert Buckland, who noted it will ‘ensure this country continues to produce the best and brightest lawyers in the world’. 

£275,000 of funding for 22 scholarships each year for candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those who are under-represented in the legal profession, has also been provided by the professional body.

The CILEX Professional Qualification – that gives students the opportunity to fulfil a career as a CILEX lawyer or paralegal – claims to be a ‘substantially more affordable way for students to become lawyers’ than the SQE, as a degree or equivalent qualification or experience is not necessary. Individuals will be able to qualify as a CILEX lawyer for £12,500, with each stage taking approximately 18 months to complete.

CILEX chair Professor, Chris Bones commented: ‘CILEX is committed to improving social mobility within the legal profession – ensuring dedicated individuals can succeed in the sector regardless of their personal circumstances.’

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