CILEx Legal Research Skills


CILEX Level 3 Legacy Qualifications will be phased out in 2023.

There is only 1 more opportunity to join a Brightlink Level 3 Professional Skills Course beginning in July 2022.

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CILEx Legal Research Skills

Course Duration – 10 Months


L3 Legal Research Skills – £180

L6 Legal Research Skills – £290

There are 15 places available for this course which begins twice a year, each January and July.

To join the course list or waiting list email

What does this course cover?

  • How to analyse the scope and complexity of a practical legal problem requiring research.
  • How to evaluate legal research sources.
  • How to perform legal research.
  • Analysing the law in relation to specific legal problems.
  • Synthesising research to present evidence.

Who is the course for?

  • Learners who wish to follow the CILEx professional route to become Chartered Legal Executives.
  • Please see the schedule to ensure you can meet the relevant deadlines if you intend to enter this assessment in the submission window.


Each year you have two opportunities to enter your professional skills work for a CILEx submission window. You must enter yourself as you would for an examination and you are responsible for knowing and following the relevant deadlines for this and meeting the costs.

Only work which is assessed to be a pass by your centre’s tutor and internal verifier can be submitted to CILEx. So you must achieve that pass before entering yourself for the assessment via the CILEx examination entry process. If you enter yourself before you have a provisional pass from your Brightlink tutor and internal verifier you may be unable to submit your work to the External Verifier, if this happens you will lose your money and have to pay CILEx again for another opportunity to submit.

Your course subscription with Brightlink gives you two opportunities to submit your assessed work for marking. If you do not pass on your second submission you will move on to the next available course and submit your work in a future assessment window. You will need to pay for another course.

CILEx have very strict rules forbidding most feedback by tutors and internal verifiers. You must ensure you are familiar with their regulations which are followed by Brightlink at all times.

No matter what the opinion of the assessing tutor and internal verifier the final decision of pass or fail lies with the CILEx External Verifier and their ultimate discretion. We have no control over this but will try to advise you on the steps to give you the best chance in that final assessment.

See our terms and conditions for the service level we offer in relation to marking times for skills work. Each marking takes 21 working days.

What qualification will you get?

This unit is not a stand-alone qualification, it is a mandatory part of the  CILEx level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice

What other related courses are in this area of Study?

After successfully completing the level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, combine with  a level 6 practice unit linked to one of your law subjects, any 2 level 6 law units and client care to gain the level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice.

July 2022 – June 2023 – June 2023 Submission to CILEx

Learner: contact to add yourself to the course list, or if that is already full, the waiting list. Before 1st Jul 2022
Tutor: Introductory and welcome email sent to all learners. 8th Jul 2022
Learner: Send tutor a list of available times 11th -15th July. Read and watch online induction unit. 8th Jul 2022
Tutor: Confirm time booked in for one-to-one induction, send induction information. 9th and 10th Jul 2022
Learner and Tutor: One to one inductions (for new Brightlink learners) 11th to 15th Jul 2022
Learner: Read through introductory notes and assessment information and prepare a list of questions. Read full online materials. Watch film or listen to audio if relevant. Prepare questions 11th to 22nd Jul 2022
Learner and Tutor: Group workshop answering questions and preparing to work through unit. (1 workshop will be held 1-2.30 and another 5.30 – 7, learners must book onto one or the other) 25th to 28th Jul 2022
Learner: Begin completing first draft of tasks. 28th Jul 2022
Learner: Submit first draft of coursework – all tasks. 31st Aug 2022
Tutor: Send all learners results of their first marking. 29th Sep 2022
Learner and Tutor: One individual meeting with tutor per learner, by appointment ( 3rd to 6th Oct 2022
Learner: final submission for last (2nd of 2 opportunities) marking of all tasks. Send all tasks at the same time. (Submissions made after this date will be marked later and held for January 2024 submission but only for L6 Skills as L3 ends is being withdrawn in 2023) 1st Feb 2023
Assessor: mark all and feedback to learners whether their work is being passed to next stage or requires further work and additional marking fees by. 2nd Mar 2023
Assessor: Collate and send passed submissions to arrive with IV by 4th Mar 2023
Learner: CILEx membership last registration in time for entry. TBC
Internal Verifier: last marking and reporting deadline. 24th Mar 2023
Internal Verifier: Collate IVed work and return to assessor accompanied by IV reports internal and external, electronically to arrive with them by. 29th Mar 2023
Assessor: notify learners if work is passed by assessment and IV to inform examination entry by. 29th Mar 2023
Learner: CILEx Offline (paper-based) exam entry deadline TBC
Learner: CILEx Online exam entry deadline. TBC
Brightlink HQ: CILEx professional skills submission window. TBC
CILEx: Final results released TBC

You must ensure you are able to attend all listed meetings before enrolling. These dates cannot be changed.

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