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The routes to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016

The routes to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive

A Chartered Legal Executive is a qualified lawyer that is specialized in a particular area of the law. Legal executives enjoy great opportunities such as working within a law firm, corporate in-house legal departments, or eve local and national government. Legal executives are recognised as being bone of the three core branches of the legal profession, amongst barristers and solicitors. What is in fact surprising is that legal executives and solicitors do a very similar job and they work alongside each other in private practice, industry or legal government. Even if in the past the CILEx route was largely regarded as a non-graduate way to obtaining a qualification, the general perception is slowly but surely changing. There are two main routes to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive as you will see in this article, if you have further inquiries, then it is best to visit www.ltckent.co.uk.

 

Outlining the training routes

The CILEx training programme includes two major stages of training, namely the the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, and the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice. However, if you possess a qualifying law degree, then it is necessary to follow the courses leading to the CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma. Once you complete the Level 3 stage of your academic coaching, or better yet if you have a certifying law degree, you will automatically become and Associate Member, and after having completed the Level 6 stage, you become a Graduate Member. To become a Chartered Legal Executive it is equally necessary to fulfil qualifying employment requirements.

The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (GFTD)

When attempting to become a Chartered Legal Executive, your law degree really counts for something. The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (GFTD) addresses law graduates and people who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and that further with to qualify as lawyers without having to undertake the Legal Practice Course (LPC), which is fairly expensive. Having a law degree basically means that you do not have to study any more law subjects. The only thing that you need to acquire is legal practice and professional skills. In order to become a Chartered Legal Accountant, you must satisfy employment requirements, such as minimum three years of experience, final two years assisted consecutively or completion of a portfolio. If you are already working as a paralegal, then it will probably count as qualifying employment. This qualification is made up of Level 6 Practice subjects and Level 6 Client Care Skills unit. You will have to connect one of the practice units to one of the law units.

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice is the first stage of CILEx training and it comprises ten units in total. The main goal of this course is to provide prospective legal executives a grounding in all core areas, not to mention the flexibility of tailoring the legal practice element to their requirements. Level three is made up of two parts, namely the Certificate and the Diploma. You will be studying seven mandatory units: Introduction to Law and Practice, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Law of Tort, Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills. You have the possibility of choosing the remaining here units and make sure that all your practice units are related to the law units that you are studying as part of your professional diploma. The Level 3 programme runs one evening a week, and you can study full time, part time and even online. Once you successfully complete all units, you will attain the CILEx Level 3 Professinal Diploma in Law and Practice.

The CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice

The Level 6 qualifications form the final stage that you will be required to study in order to become a Chartered Legal Executive. In order to achieve the qualification, you will have to study an overall of six subjects, including one legal practice unit with its connected law unit. The other law units are completely at your choice and you also have the mandatory professional skills units, namely Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills. By the time you arrive working towards the second stage of your CILEx training, you will already know which area of legal practice you want to specialise in. nonetheless, if you are not working in a legal environment, then you should choose the legal practice subject that you have enjoyed the most at Level 3. The Level 6 recognises candidates’ skills and ability in a law specialism. It is ideal for those who do not wish to become full Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, but who wish to have their skills recognised in a specific area of law and legal practice.