About CILEX

CILEX, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, is the professional association and governing body for CILEX Lawyers, other legal practitioners and paralegals.

CILEX offer unique routes to a legal career and becoming a qualified lawyer without a requirement to having a law degree, although law graduates and graduates with non-law degrees can also qualify as a lawyer through the CILEX route.

www.cilex.org.uk

About CPQ

The CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) aims to transform the provision of legal services and to satisfy employer needs.

CPQ is the route to becoming a CILEX ParalegalCILEX Advanced Paralegal or CILEX Lawyer. It is a competency-based qualification framework, which progresses from the foundation stage, through the advanced stage, to the professional stage. Each stage combines a focus on technical expertise and practical skills with the development of the core behaviours. The qualification is underpinned by the competency framework which is core principles, core behaviours and core activities.

Principles underpin what a legal professional does and embody the CILEX code of conduct.

Behaviours describe the behaviours legal professionals should demonstrate in their activities to add value to clients.

Activities outline what legal professionals need to know and do on a day to day basis to be successful.

CPQ is the newest CILEX route to qualification and will replace the legacy qualifications over time. Anyone who becomes a CILEX member from the 1st June 2021 onwards will follow the CPQ qualification pathway. The only exception to this is law graduates who may still study the Graduate Fast Track Diploma.

Courses

Everyone, no matter which accredited learning centre they study with, must register with CILEX as a member and for their assessments and to undertake their ethics and professional responsibility course at each stage.

When studying with Brightlink you can choose to study one module at a time or more than one. Our course subscriptions are designed to take around 3.5 hours of study time per week, per module.

CPQ Foundation

What do I need to join a course?

What do I need to study to complete the Foundation stage of CPQ?

All 5 units are mandatory unless you have exemptions.

Subject Study time in hours Brightlink subscription
Legal systems 80 6 months
Contract law 100 7 months
Tort 100 7 months
Intro to property and private client 180 12 months
Professional Skills:Legal Research 100 6 months
Professional Skills:Succeeding in a legal environment 100 6 months

 

What can I call myself once I’ve completed this stage of qualification?

A CILEX Paralegal

A CILEX Paralegal is someone who has completed the Foundation stage of CPQ. They are fee earners and can manage their own caseloads.

CPQ Advanced

What do I need to join a course?

What do I need to study to complete the Advanced stage of the CPQ qualification?

Five mandatory modules

  • Ethics and professional responsibility – done with CILEx
  • Professional and legal skills
  • Dispute resolution
  • Criminal law and litigation
  • Property and conveyancing

Plus one optional module from a choice of:

  • Business and employment law
  • Family law and practice
  • Wills, probate and private client

 

Subject Study time in hours Brightlink subscription
Dispute resolution 180 12 months
Criminal law and practice 180 12 months
Property and conveyancing 180 12 months
Professional skills 180 12 months
Option – wills, probate and private client 180 12 months
Option – family law and practice 180 12 months
Option – business and employment law 180 12 months

 

You must provide evidence of applying one or more of these 6 areas of law in your professional experience. Practice rights are granted through the recording and collating of this evidence.

If you have a law degree you will enter at this advanced stage. Anyone entering at this stage must complete the Foundation stage ethics and professional responsibility.

 

What can I call myself once I’ve completed this stage of qualification?

A CILEx Advanced Paralegal

An Advanced Paralegal is someone who has completed Foundation and Advanced stages of the CPQ qualification. Practice subject specialisation begins here with specialist case handling in any of these areas:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Criminal law and litigation
  • Property and conveyancing
  • Business and commercial law
  • Family law
  • Wills and probate

CPQ Professional

What do I need to join a course?

What do I need to study to complete the Advanced stage of the CPQ qualification?

One mandatory module – professional skills.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Criminal litigation
  • Residential conveyancing
  • Commercial conveyancing
  • Employment law
  • Business and commercial law
  • Family litigation
  • Wills, probate and private client
  • Immigration law

The optional module selected is where the learner will get their practice rights.

Subject Study time in hours Brightlink subscription
Option – Dispute resolution 300 20 months
Option – Criminal litigation 300 20 months
Option – Residential conveyancing 300 20 months
Option – Commercial conveyancing 300 20 months
Option – Employment law and practice 300 20 months
Option – Business and commercial 300 20 months
Option – Wills, probate and private client 300 20 months
Option – Family law and litigation 300 20 months
Option – Immigration 300 20 months
Mandatory – professional skills 200 14 months

 

People with an LPC or BPTC or an equivalent will enter at professional stage.

If they enter at this stage, learners will need to complete both ethics and professional responsibility eLearning units, from Foundation and Advanced stages.

To achieve practice rights in a pathway learners must choose that subject area as part of their Advanced and Professional stages. This means if it is an optional subject you must choose it in both.

 

What can I call myself once I’ve completed this stage of qualification?

A CILEx Lawyer

A CILEx Lawyer is someone who has completed all three stages of CPQ, including compulsory ethics, professional responsibility and a minimum of 3 years relevant practical experience.

They can qualify with practice rights in at least one area of law. Specialist areas can be:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Criminal litigation
  • Residential conveyancing
  • Commercial conveyancing
  • Employment law
  • Business and commercial law
  • Family litigation
  • Wills and probate
  • Immigration law

Assessment

Assessment are all online.

There are 22 assessments available in total but a learner would choose/ be mandated to do 14 of them across 12 subjects. The skills modules on the Foundation and Advanced stages each have 2 assessments. All other units have 1. In addition to those 14 assessments, learners will complete both the ethics and professional responsibility eLearning modules and the professional experience.

They become more complex at each stage of CPQ and gradually shift in emphasis from testing knowledge of the law to focusing on how to evaluate and respond to complex problems or change; show informed, reasoned judgements; and present solutions to the client whilst considering their needs alongside wider impact.

Professional experience outcomes are also assessment.

First CPQ assessments for Foundation and Advanced will be held in January 2022. First assessments for Professional will be in January 2023.

In 2022 and 2023 there will be 2 assessment opportunities. After this exams will be on demand.

Assessment content is based on assessment objectives.

The table below illustrates the relative weighting of the specific Assessment Objectives utilised across the CPQ stages. These weightings will be closely analysed on completion of our assessment trials.

Trainees Must Percent  in Foundation Stage Percent in Advanced Stage Percent in Professional Stage
A01

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Facts and Law.
  • Processes and Procedures.
50 35 20
A02

Analyse information and ideas and apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • The appropriate law.
  • Legal practice technique, processes and procedures.
35 40 40
A03

Interperate and evaluate to:

  • Make judgements and draw conclusions.
  • Develop and improve processes and legal procedures for the client and business.
15 25 40
Total 100 100 100

FAQ

Can I transition between CILEX legacy and CPQ qualifications?

If learners finish the level 3 Diploma by 2023 they can decide whether to continue on to level 6 or switch to CPQ.

If they transition to CPQ at that stage they could have the following exemptions:

Level 3 Units CPQ Foundation exemptions
Introduction to Law and Practice Legal Systems
Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills Professional and Legal Skills
Contract Law Contract Law
Law of Tort Tort
Land Law and Conveyancing Property and Private Client

 

If all of these are completed there will be full exemption from CPQ Foundation stage.

If they transition to the Advanced stage even with full exemptions as above they will still have to do the ethics and professional responsibility module from Foundation stage with CILEX.

At level 6 if someone wishes to transition to CPQ they should gain exemptions as follows:

Level 6 Law Unit Level 3 or 6 Practice Unit CPQ Advanced stage exemptions
Contract Law Level 3 or Level 6 Civil Litigation Dispute Resolution
Criminal Law Level 3 or Level 6 Criminal Litigation Criminal Law and Practice
Land Law Level 3 or Level 6Conveyancing Property and Conveyancing
Family Law Level 3 or Level 6 Practice of Family Law Family Law and Practice
Law of Wills and Succession Level 3 or Level 6 Probate Practice Wills, Probate and Private Client
Company and Partnership Law Level 3 Employment Practice or Level 6 Practice of Company and Partnership Law Business and Employement

Anybody joining at professional stage will have to complete both foundation and advanced stage ethics and professional eLearning modules with CILEX and the professional experience requirement for the Advanced stage.

They can’t choose a unit at Professional stage that they haven’t studied at Advanced stage.

Students who want practice rights in dispute resolution, family litigation or criminal litigation will also be required to undertake an advocacy course.

 

Studying with Brightlink

When you study with Brightlink you will have access to the same core materials that everyone studying with CILEX has, no matter which centre they learn with, you’ll have much more than that too.

  • An online induction course
  • An online revision and exam preparation course
  • Access to Westlaw
  • A named tutor for each subject who will be available by email and video conference
  • Monthly workshops on the syllabus content and assessment objectives
  • Study skills workshops
  • Stage transition workshops
  • Revision and exam preparation workshops

Foundation

Legal systems £250
Contract law £290
Tort £290
Introduction to property and private client £500
Professional Skills:Legal Research £250
Professional Skills: Succeeding in a legal environment £250
Foundation total cost £1830

Advanced

Dispute resolution £600
Criminal law and practice £600
Property and conveyancing £600
Professional skills-Succeeding in the Legal Environment £600
Professional skills-Using Technology to carry out Legal Research £600
Wills, probate and private client £600
Family law and practice £600
Business and employment law £600
Advanced total cost £3600

Professional

Professional skills £770
Dispute resolution £1,000
Criminal litigation £1,000
Residential conveyancing £1,000
Commercial conveyancing £1,000
Employment law and practice £1,000
Business and commercial £1,000
Wills, probate and private client £1,000
Family law and litigation £1,000
Immigration law £1,000
Professional total cost £1,770

Costs and payment

There are lots of ways you can pay us

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit or debit card via PayPal
  • PayPal account

You can pay:

  • In full in advance
  • In 4 interest free instalments spread across the first 4 months of your subscription
  • With no up front payments via a loan from our finance partners Lendwise for course fees of £2000 or more. You can find more information and apply here  www.lendwise.com/borrow by clicking on get started and then choosing professional qualification under loan type. Terms and conditions apply and the loan agreement is between you and Lendwise, with no involvement from Brightlink. Typical interest rates tend to range between 10 and 12 percent.

Getting started

You can get started as soon as you’re ready. Click here to send us an enquiry form about the course you’d like to study and we’ll be in touch to arrange it with you.

We’ll help you get registered with CILEX, for your membership and ethics and professionalism course and get your Brightlink study underway with access to online materials and an introduction from your tutor who will be looking forward to meeting you for an induction as soon as you’re ready.

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