The ILEX Graduate
Use your law degree to qualify as a lawyer with ILEX
If you are a law Why are more law graduates training to be legal executives?
graduate the ILEX
Qualifying as a legal executive now offers the opportunity to become a
partner in a law firm, to train as a court advocate or to be selected for judicial
Graduate Fast-track appointment.
Diploma is your direct What is a legal executive?
route to a successful A legal executive is a qualified lawyer, regulated by a professional body. The
career in law. term ‘legal executive’ can only be used by a Fellow of the Institute of Legal
Being a legal executive lawyer is a fulfilling and rewarding career. In a law
firm you could be a partner or department head with a significant client
following. Opportunities also exist for senior roles in the legal departments
of commercial organisations, charities, government agencies and local
How does a legal executive differ from being a solicitor?
Legal executives study to the same level as solicitors, but study fewer subjects
overall. You will become a specialist in your chosen area of legal practice,
with knowledge at least equal to your solicitor colleagues. You will also be
eligible to become a partner in your firm.
This qualification can be used instead of a
How does a legal executive differ from being a paralegal?
Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional
Training Course to complete your legal The term ‘paralegal’ refers to a wide range of personnel working in the legal
environment, from a legal secretary who has undertaken some training in
aspects of legal practice, through to law graduates who have not completed
Once you achieve the Diploma, you their legal training. There are no rights associated with the role of a paralegal.
will be well on your way to becoming a
qualified legal executive lawyer. How will I benefit from the qualification?
By becoming a legal executive you will gain a recognised professional
status. It is an alternative way in to a very competitive profession without the
necessity of enrolling on an expensive Legal Practice Course.
How will my employer benefit? How much study time will
If you are currently employed as a paralegal, the ILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma offers I need?
an inexpensive way of developing you into a qualified lawyer with the fee-earning capacity We recommend that you spend 120
that goes with the qualification. Your employer will be reassured that you have the necessary hours in total for each Level 6 practice
knowledge and skills to progress files and deal with client care matters. Importantly, you will course and 60 hours for the client care
also be regulated by a professional body. skills course. The three courses that make
up the Diploma are usually completed
What will I study? within a year.
The ILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma complements the substantive legal knowledge that
you acquired on your law degree. Two ILEX Level 6 practice units give you LPC- level How are the ILEX Level 6
knowledge, while the ILEX Level 6 professional skills unit in Client Care teaches you client- units assessed?
facing skills and telephone negotiation skills, paving the way for you to become a fee earner. The practice units are examined by a
One of the practice units must link to a law unit that you have studied as part of your three-hour exam in January and June
degree. A list of the practice units and the law units to which they relate is given below. each year. The courses are very flexible
These latter are for reference only – no law units are studied as part of the ILEX Graduate and you can set your study pace and
Fast-track Diploma. select your exam session according to the
amount of time you have available for
The three units Civil Litigation, Conveyancing and Criminal Litigation all relate to a core law
study each week.
degree subject, so if you choose any one of these three units then you can select freely from
the other practice units for your second choice. You should be careful if you wish to study The client care skills unit is assessed by
two units, neither of which are related to core law degree subjects, for example The Practice one assignment which you do at home in
of Employment Law and The Practice of Family Law. In this case you must have studied your own time.
either Employment Law or Family Law as an elective subject within your law degree.
What will it cost?
ILEX Level 6 Practice units Linked law units (already studied)
The course fees are £495 for each
Unit 15 Civil Litigation Contract Law or Law of Tort
practice unit, and £295 for the Client
Unit 16 The Practice of Company and Partnership Law Company and Partnership Law
Care Skills unit, amounting in total to
Unit 17 Conveyancing Land Law
£1285. We recommend that you also
Unit 18 Criminal Litigation Criminal Law
enrol on our Getting Started at Level 6
Unit 19 The Practice of Employment Law Employment Law
course (£15) for all new ITC distance
Unit 20 The Practice of Family Law Family Law
learning students. Membership and
Unit 21 Probate Practice Law of Wills and Succession
assessment fees are also payable to ILEX
as shown below.
How are the courses delivered? The total cost of £1909 is considerably
less expensive than the Legal Practice
The courses are available whenever you wish to enrol, and are delivered by supported
distance learning. Your course materials for the practice units include a comprehensive
course manual covering the ILEX syllabus, as well as five study exercises and a mock
exam, designed to test your understanding and application of syllabus topics. These are ITC COURSE FEES
marked by a personal tutor who will give you feedback and comment. You will also have Getting Started course £15
access to an academic help-line and a tutor-monitored course forum for you to raise queries 2 x ILEX Level 6 practice courses £990
as you go along. 1 x ILEX Level 6 Client Care Skills £295
The client care course is available in a selection of three practice areas – Civil Litigation,
Conveyancing and Family Practice. You will learn negotiation skills and other advanced ILEX first registration fee £35
client care techniques and submit a practice assignment for marking and comment before ILEX Associate Member fee £145
starting work on your assessed assignment. 2 x Level 6 practice unit exam fees £174
1 x Level 6 prof skills assessment fee £55
Courses are valid for a period of fifteen months, which means that you will have access to
Law Graduate exemption fee £200
your tutor, to the on-line facilities and other resources during this period.
You will need to have access to a computer with an internet connection and a personal TOTAL COST £1909
What else do I need to do to qualify as a legal What are the CPD requirements?
executive lawyer? As a member of a professional body you will be
Once you complete the ILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma you will become required to undertake continuing professional
a Graduate Member of ILEX. To become a Fellow of ILEX (a legal executive development (CPD). When you first register
lawyer) you must complete five years of qualifying employment. If you are with ILEX you will join as an Associate Member
already working as a paralegal you may have achieved some qualifying by virtue of your qualifying law degree. On
employment already, as relevant work experience can be acknowledged achieving the ILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma
retrospectively. The final two years of the five year period must be served after you will become a Graduate Member. When your
completing your ILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma. qualifying employment has been served you will
be eligible to become a Fellow of ILEX, that is, a
Qualifying employment is defined by ILEX. Broadly, it includes conducting
legal executive lawyer. The CPD hours for each
work of a legal nature under the supervision of a solicitor, senior legal
level of membership are as follows:
executive, barrister or licensed conveyancer. Employment can be in legal
practice, in the legal department of a private company or in local/national • Associate Member 8 hours
government. • Graduate Member 12 hours
• Fellow 16 hours
I’m not currently employed in a legal environment.
What should I do? Entry requirements
You need to apply for work in the legal environment as soon as possible, so To be eligible for the ILEX graduate fast-track route
that you can start building up your qualifying employment concurrently with to becoming a Graduate Member of ILEX, you
your studies. Typical roles that you might apply for include paralegal, legal must have achieved, within the last seven years, a
assistant, legal clerk, case handler, claims handler, caseworker, legal secretary, qualifying law degree as recognised by the SRA.
legal assistant and, of course, trainee legal executive. Advertised posts can be
found at www.legal-executive-recruitment.com. Application
You can apply on our on-line shop at
Can I become a solicitor after qualifying as a legal www.ilex-tutorial.ac.uk or use the application
executive lawyer? form titled ILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma
Enrolment Application Form. As well as enrolling
If you are a legal executive lawyer then it is possible to become a solicitor
on your courses you need to register with ILEX in
using your ILEX qualification. You must complete the Legal Practice Course
order to be eligible to sit your legal practice exams
and Professional Skills Course. Under the current rules set by the Solicitors
and have your client care skills assessed. We
Regulation Authority (SRA) legal executive lawyers (Fellows of ILEX) are
recommend that you do this as soon as possible
exempt from the training contract. Always check with the SRA to confirm your
eligibility before commencing any course.
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