CILEX Legacy Qualifications

CILEX Legacy

When CILEX created their CPQ courses in 2021, their previous qualifications became known as legacy courses. Legacy courses are only available to those who had CILEX membership before 31st May 2021.

The legacy route includes

  • Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice.
  • Level 6 Higher Diploma in Law and Practice.
  • 3 years qualifying employment.

For some lawyers it may also include

  • Practice rights.

About CILEX

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.

CILEX are the professional membership and awarding body. You can find their website here www.cilex.org.uk

You will need to arrange your membership, any exemptions, CPQ stage registration and examination entry directly with CILEX and you should make sure you diarise their key dates and deadlines. It is part of your professionalism requirements that you manage these deadlines and processes.

CILEX Regulation

CILEX Regulation are the independent regulatory body of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. They authorise and regulate individual legal professionals and law firms. Their role is to protect consumers’ interests, promote high professional standards and encourage a diverse and effective legal profession.

About CILEX Legacy qualifications

When CILEX created their new professional qualifications (CPQ) in 2021 they made plans to withdraw the existing qualifications and they became known as legacy qualifications.

Legacy qualifications are still available to anyone who was a CILEX member before 31st May 2021. Learners have until 2023 to complete level 3 legacy qualifications and until 2026 for level 6. In June of those years the last exam sessions will be held. There will be a final mop up session for resits only in November of each year.

Brightlink will offer legacy qualifications until their withdrawal. The last enrolment for level 3 will be in March 2023 and for level 6 in March 2026 for all legacy law and practice study units. Brightlink’s last legacy professional skills courses for client care and legal research for level 3 will run from July of 2022 to June of 2023. Our last level 6 professional skills courses will run from July of 2025 to June of 2026.

To qualify under the legacy route, a learner needs to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice, a Level 6 Higher Diploma in Law and Practice and 3 years in qualifying employment, at least 1 of which must be undertaken after successful completion of the level 3 and 6 academic qualifications. Someone qualified this way, after successful application for their qualifying employment will be a Chartered Legal Executive and a Fellow of the Institute.

If someone with a legacy qualification would like to gain the title of CILEX Lawyer and thereby parity with those qualified via the CPQ route, they can undertake an application for practice rights once they have 5 years’ experience in their chosen practice area.

More information and up to date details in relation to qualifying employment, advocacy and practice rights can be found on the CILEX Regulation website and by contacting them.

CILEX Legacy Courses

CILEX Level 3 Legacy Qualifications

CILEX Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

You can choose from a suite of 19 units to build up your Certificate qualification. To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice, you must achieve five units in accordance with the following rules:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice
  • Unit 16 Client Care Skills
  • Unit 17 Legal Research Skills
  • Plus one Practice unit (chosen from the nine Practice units options)
  • The law unit linked to the practice unit you have chosen.

You can find the list of all CILEX legacy level 3 units offered by Brightlink and purchase any you would like to study here. You can choose as many or as few units as you would like but all will begin as soon as you buy, unless you tell us you would like different start dates.

CILEX Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice

To achieve the Diploma you must successfully complete 10 units from the suite of 19 units CILEX have available. However, if you have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice whilst working towards the Diploma, you will have already taken 5 units, so will only have a further 5 units to take in accordance with the qualification rules.

The 10 units taken to achieve the Diploma must comply with the following rules:

  1. You must take 7 mandatory units as follows:

Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice

Unit 2 Contract Law

Unit 3 Criminal Law

Unit 4 Land Law

Unit 5 Law of Tort

Unit 16 Client Care Skills

Unit 17 Legal Research Skills

  1. You must take 3 other units – at least 2 of these units must be Practice units and the third unit can be either a Law unit or a Practice unit. These units are chosen from the suite of 19 units.
  2. No Practice unit can be counted as achievement towards the Diploma without the linked Law unit being taken also. The two Practice units must be from different legal practice areas.

You can find the list of all CILEX legacy level 3 units offered by Brightlink and purchase any you would like to study here. You can choose as many or as few units as you would like but all will begin as soon as you buy, unless you tell us you would like different start dates.  (please link to the courses page)

CILEX Level 3 Individual Units

You can choose to study as many or as few units at a time as you wish. Each unit will take around 75 hours of your time in total. Our course subscriptions are 6 months long so that will mean a time commitment of around 3 hours a week if you follow the full course.

You will make up your Certificate or Diploma qualifications by following the rules of qualification and selecting the correct individual units.

If you need to, because work becomes busy or something comes up in your personal life, or even because you realise that you’ve taken too much on and you need to take a step back, you can ask us to pause your units at any time.

Our law and practice units can be purchased at any time, you can begin studying throughout the year at a date to suit you. Our professional skills units, client care and legal research have two start dates each year in January and July and we operate a waiting list to join these courses. You can put your name on our lists by emailing connect@brightlink.org.uk

You can find the list of all CILEX legacy level 3 units offered by Brightlink and purchase any you would like to study here. You can choose as many or as few units as you would like but all will begin as soon as you buy, unless you tell us you would like different start dates.  (please link to the courses page)

CILEX Level 6 Legacy Qualifications

CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice

There are three stages to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive

  1. Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice
  2. Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice
  3. 3 years qualifying employment

The CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is the second and final academic stage towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer. You can study at your own pace, the average time taken to complete this stage of the qualification is two years.

The Diploma is made up of

  • 1 Practice unit plus its linked Law unit and
  • any other 2 Law units
  • both Professional Skills units.

No Practice unit can be counted as achievement towards the Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice without the candidate having also achieved the linked Law unit.

You can find the list of all CILEX legacy level 6 units offered by Brightlink and purchase any you would like to study here. You can choose as many or as few units as you would like but all will begin as soon as you buy, unless you tell us you would like different start dates.  (please link to the courses page)

CILEX Level 6 Stand Alone Certificates

Enables students to achieve a recognised national qualification in an individual subject of law, legal practice or legal skill. The certificates can be useful if you want to change to working in a new area of the law, take a ‘refresher’ course, or get a stand-alone qualification in a distinct subject area.

They are best suited for those who do not wish to go on and become full Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, but who want recognition for their skills in a specific professional area of law and legal practice.

CILEX Level 6 Individual Units

You can choose to study as many or as few units at a time as you wish. Each unit will take around 150 hours of your time in total. Our course subscriptions are 10 months long so that will mean a time commitment of around 4 hours a week if you follow the full course.

You will make up your Diploma qualification by following the rules of qualification and selecting the correct individual units.

If you need to, because work becomes busy or something comes up in your personal life, or even because you realise that you’ve taken too much on and you need to take a step back, you can ask us to pause your units at any time.

Our law and practice units can be purchased at any time, you can begin studying throughout the year at a date to suit you. Our professional skills units, client care and legal research have two start dates each year in January and July and we operate a waiting list to join these courses. You can put your name on our lists by emailing connect@brightlink.org.uk

You can find the list of all CILEX legacy level 6 units offered by Brightlink and purchase any you would like to study here. You can choose as many or as few units as you would like but all will begin as soon as you buy, unless you tell us you would like different start dates.

CILEX Legacy Costs and Payments

Payment for CILEX Membership, exemptions and assessments must be made directly to CILEX, more information and contact details can be found at www.cilex.org.uk

Brightlink level 3 legacy law and practice units cost £150 each, professional skills units cost £180 each. In total a Level 3 Certificate costs £810. A Diploma costs a total of £1560.

Level 6 law and practice units cost £395 each and professional skills £290 each. The Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice costs a total of £2160

The only other expense you could incur in studying is that of recommended reading. CILEX Chief Examiners recommend textbooks each year which they believe best support study of their courses, no matter which training centre someone learns with. We incorporate reference to these books into our learning materials where possible. You can find out more about the recommended reading from your Brightlink tutor or on the CILEX website.

To buy a Brightlink legacy law or practice unit, you can buy and pay immediately online. You can contact our admin team on connect@brightlink.org.uk to request an instalment application form or for an application so that we can invoice your employer. You can also email our connect inbox if you want to put your name on a list for our professional skills unit courses which run twice each year beginning in January and July.

If you are purchasing courses from us to the value of £2000 or more and you are working you can make an application to our partners Lendwise for a professional development loan www.lendwise.com/borrow

Study CILEX Legacy with Brightlink

Brightlink will offer enrolment to level 3 legacy courses until March 2023 and level 6 until March 2026. The last exams will take place in June of those years and there will be sessions for resits only in the November of each year.

When you choose to study with Brightlink for CILEX legacy qualifications you receive:

  • Online notes that cover the full syllabus and incorporate reference to the recommended texts and past paper questions.
  • A suggested study schedule.
  • Assignments and a mock exam to practise your responses to questions and exam technique.
  • Access to Westlaw.
  • Tutor support by email and video conference.
  • Pre-release material workshops for practice subjects.
  • An online induction unit.
  • A revision and exam preparation unit written by a former Chief Examiner.

When you join us to study you will be allocated a named tutor for each subject. Your tutor will contact you and invite you to a face-to-face induction via video conference. At your induction they will tell you all you need to know about working with us and our resources. They’ll ask you what you need to give your best to your study and they will share what they need from you to offer you the best support they can.

Getting Started

Only those who were CILEX members before 31st May 2021 may study legacy qualifications. If you did not have an active CILEX membership at that date please see our CPQ course information as that is the route you will take to qualification.

You can start to study a law or practice unit at any time by purchasing online and beginning here (please insert a link to the shop). If you would like to pay by instalments or for us to invoice your employer, you can request an application for this by emailing connect@brightlink.org.uk

Our client care and legal research units run to specific schedules with two course starts each year, in January and July, aiming for external assessment a year after you begin them. These units are often heavily oversubscribed, if you would like an opportunity to study them with us you will need to add your name to a waiting list by emailing connect@brightlink.org.uk

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