CILEx Level 3 – Unit 17: Legal Research Skills



CILEx Level 3 – Unit 17: Legal Research Skills

Course Duration – 10 Months

What does this course cover?

  • How to find and read statutes.
  • Purpose and status of statute.
  • Sections of a statute that provide supporting guidance for a user.
  • How to use information from a statute.
  • Statutory instruments.
  • Case law.
  • Case reports.
  • Judicial precedent.

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.

Enrolment with Brightlink for submission to CILEx in June 2020 has now closed. Enrolment for January 2021 submission is open from 24th January to 4th February. Enrolment for June 2021 will open in July 2020, keep watching this website and our social media for exact dates.


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 wish to submit more than twice this will incur an additional marking fee. Your tutor or Brightlink customer services can advise you on this.

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.

Please note the below are final deadlines. 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. Your tutor has many learners to work with so will be unable to accept work which shortens their marking time or to offer an extension on the below deadlines. It is the learner’s responsibility to plan carefully for these dates. The below applies to all skills units:

January 2021 Submission to CILEx

Learner: Enrolment window and course start. 24th Jan – 3rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Introductory and welcome email sent to all learners. 3rd Feb 2020
Learner: Send tutor a list of available times on 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th Feb. Read and watch online induction unit. 3rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Confirm time booked in for one to one induction, send induction information. 4th Feb 2020
Learner and Tutor: One to one inductions. 5th – 11th Feb 2020
Learner: Read through introductory notes and assessment information and prepare a list of questions. 10th – 14th Feb 2020
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) 17th Feb 2020
Learners: Read full online materials. Watch film or listen to audio if relevant. Prepare questions. 18th – 23rd Feb 2020
Learners and Tutor: Group workshops (1 workshop will be held 1-2.30 and another 5.30 – 7, learners must book onto one or the other) 24th Feb 2020
Learner: Begin completing first draft of tasks. 25th Feb 2020
Learner: Submit first draft of coursework – all tasks. 20th March 2020
Tutor: Send all learners results of their first marking. 22nd April 2020
Learner and Tutor: One individual meeting with tutor per learner, by appointment. 27th April – 8th May 2020
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 June 2021 submission) 10th August 2020
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. 9th September 2020
Assessor: collate, copy (store copies in safe or locked cabinet), treasury tag and send all passed work, by special delivery to arrive with IV by. 10th September 2020
Learner: CILEx membership last registration in time for entry. TBC
Internal Verifier: last marking and reporting deadline. 2nd October 2020
Internal Verifier: Copy (store copies in safe or locked cabinet) and send by special delivery, complete, collated work and accompanying paperwork for passed work in one parcel to Brightlink HQ and referred work to assessor accompanied by IV reports internal and external, electronically and in hard copy to arrive with them by. 7th October 2020
Assessor: notify learners if work is passed by assessment and IV to inform examination entry by. 2nd October 2020
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.

What qualification will you get?

This unit is not a stand-alone qualification, it is a mandatory part of the CILEx level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice and the CILEx level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

What other related courses are in this area of Study?

  • Combine with level 3 client care, introduction to law and practice, one law unit and one corresponding practice unit to form a level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice.
  • Combine with level 3 client care, introduction to law and practice , land law, law of tort, criminal law, contract law, 3 other units at least two of which must be practice units linked to law units taken for a level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.


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