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CILEx Civil Litigation - Specialist Pathway in Tort Law

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’ (CILEx) specialist pathway in Civil Litigation, delivers the knowledge and experience of Civil Law in England and Wales, to deal with legal disputes under the Law of Tort. This is where two or more parties seek damages or remedies, such as making a claim for personal injury.

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CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice

Academic Stage 1

The Academic Stage 1 Diploma can be achieved two ways:


Option 1: In two steps: complete 5 units at Certificate level and top up with 5 units to complete the Diploma.

Option 2: As one single Diploma program: complete 10 units.

Option 1: Civil Litigation Pathway - CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law & Practice

Specialism: Civil Litigation with Tort
The CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice addresses a growing need for a short but rounded introduction to law and practice, or a specific learning need within a specialist area of law and legal practice.

The Certificate consists of 5 units; the selection below provides both a broad introduction to law and a focus on Civil Litigation. Level 3 units in Civil Litigation and Law of Tort are needed at the Certificate or Diploma stage if following the advised Civil Litigation – Tort Specialism Pathway.
Starting or developing a career in Civil Litigation/ Tort Law.
Non-legal role, Legal Administrator or Legal Assistant, Legal Support role. This unit could be considered a suitable starting point if you have not completed.
Paralegal Administrator, Paralegal Assistant, Case Handler.
Set and assessed at A-level standard.
12-18 months.
Student or Affiliate.
The CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice can be completed on the way to the full, 10 unit, CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice.

5 units, CILEx Level 3 - Certificate in Law & Practice.

Advised units for a Civil Litigation – Tort Specialist Career Pathway:


  • Introduction to Law and Practice*
  • Client Care Skills*
  • Legal Research Skills*
  • Civil Litigation
  • Law of Tort

  • * mandatory units for CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

    Option 2: Civil Litigation Pathway - CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law & Practice

    The CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice offers a broad-based foundation across key areas of Law and Legal Practice, which helps gain a wider appreciation of the legal practice areas that might affect, but sit outside their specialist area.
  • Legal support staff with a minimum of 2 years’ experience, paralegal apprentices, students and career changers may complete a CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law & Practice qualification which consists of 10 units.
  • The choice to complete the Certificate qualification and carry over 5 units into the Diploma is also possible.
  • This stage includes mandatory core units in law, to ensure that CILEx members are well prepared for a career in law, which is particularly important when considered against the background of continuing changes in the legal sector. There is also room for unit choices to reflect specialist interests such as, in this case, civil litigation and personal injury.
    Experience in a Legal Support role, a certified Paralegal Apprentice, a holder of a CILEx Diploma in Law & Legal Skills (tech level) or a career changer.
    Paralegal Administrator, Paralegal Assistant, Case Handler or Officer: charged out fee-earning time at grade D of the guideline hourly rates.
    Set and assessed at A-level standard.
    Full 10 unit program is 18-36 months, dependent on prior learning and exemptions.
    Student or Affiliate.
    To CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice to become a Chartered Legal Executive and able to apply to become a Civil Litigator and Advocate.

    10 units, CILEx Level 3 - Diploma in Law and Practice.

    Advised units for a Civil Litigation – Tort Specialist Career Pathway:


  • Introduction to Law and Practice*
  • Client Care Skills*
  • Legal Research Skills*
  • Civil Litigation
  • Law of Tort*

  • Completed CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law & Practice units may be carried over into the CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law & Practice.

  • Contract Law*
  • Land Law*
  • Criminal Law*

  • * mandatory law units for CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law & Practice

    Plus 2 elective units – 1 of which must be in Practice:


    Elective practice units:

  • Conveyancing or Residential & Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Probate Practice or The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client
  • The Practice of Employment Law
  • The Practice of Family Law or The Practice of Child Care Law

  • Elective law units:

  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Law of Wills and Succession
  • CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Legal Practice

    Academic Stage 2

    The CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice forms the final academic stage on the career pathway to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer in civil litigation.

  • The CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice follows on from the CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice.
  • CILEx offers pathways specifically designed for Law Graduates.
  • Completion of CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice.
    Senior Civil Paralegal, Senior Civil Litigator; fee earning time can be set at Grade C of the guideline hourly rates.
    Set and assessed at Honours Degree level.
    24-36 months.
  • Start study as Associate Member after completion of CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice with designatory letters ACILEx.
  • On completion achieve Graduate Membership grade with designatory letters GCILEx.
  • Specialist Chartered Legal Executive, or CILEx Litigator and Advocate, following a required period in Qualifying Employment.

    6 Units, CILEx Level 6 - Diploma in Law and Practice.

    Advised units for a Civil Litigation – Tort Specialist Career Pathway


  • Law of Tort*
  • Civil Litigation*
  • Client Care Skills*
  • Legal Research Skills*

  • * These units are highly recommended for Level 6 on the specialist pathway in Civil Litigation or Tort.

    Plus 2 elective units:**


  • Company and Partnership Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Land Law
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Law of Wills and Succession
  • Public Law

  • ** Members intending to seek advocacy rights are advised to complete Contract law plus 1 elective unit.

    Law Graduates

    LLB/GDL Graduates

  • Individuals with a law degree (LLB/GDL) may apply for the Graduate Fast-track Diploma to complete the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • LPC/BVC/BPTC

  • Individuals with LPC/BVC/BPTC are exempt from all academic stages.
  • Apply directly for exemption and complete the Qualifying Employment period as a CILEx Graduate Member. The Qualifying Employment section below advises on exemption applications.
  • LLB/GDL - Graduate Fast-track Diploma

  • The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma is for individuals with a Qualifying Law Degree (LLB/GDL). It is designed for graduates who want to qualify as a Lawyer without following the traditional and more costly Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) routes.
  • LLB/GDL Graduates need to complete the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma before they complete the final year of Qualifying Employment.
  • LPC/BVC/BPTC can apply for exemption from academic qualifications and complete the Qualifying Employment period as a CILEx Graduate Member.
  • Senior Civil Paralegal, Senior Civil Litigator; fee earning time set at Grade C of the guideline hourly rates.
    Set and assessed at Honours Degree level.
    125 hours.
  • Enrol as Associate Member designatory letters ACILEx (after application for exemption).
  • On completion achieve Graduate Membership grade with designatory letters GCILEx.
  • Specialist Chartered Legal Executive or Civil Litigator and Advocate, after the required period in Qualifying Employment.

    The Graduate Fast-track Diploma consists of 3 units

    Advised units for a Civil Litigation – Tort Law Specialist Career Pathway:


  • Civil Litigation
  • Client Care Skills

  • NB: One of the practice units completed must link to a law unit studied as part of your law degree.

    Plus 1 elective unit:


  • Conveyancing
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Probate Practice
  • The Practice of Company and Partnership Law
  • The Practice of Employment Law
  • The Practice of Family Law
  • Period of Qualifying Employment

    A period of Qualifying Employment is required to achieve CILEx Fellowship and become a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.

    The period of Qualifying Employment requires that the work is:

  • Subject to supervision by an Authorised Person and;
  • At least 20 hours per week in work of a wholly legal nature.
  • The required Qualifying Employment period is a minimum of 3 years:

  • At least 1 year has been served at the Graduate grade of membership GCILEx (post-graduation).
  • 2 years of consecutive Qualifying Employment are required immediately before the date of application for CILEx Fellowship, whilst completing a portfolio of evidence of 8 competencies called Work-based Learning.

  • The Qualifying Employment period can start before, during or after studying for qualifications. Time in work whilst studying may count if it meets the criteria; apply early to have your role assessed to ensure the work is approved for Qualifying Employment and Work-based Learning.

    LPC/BVC/BPTC

    Law Graduates with LPC or BPTC can apply for exemption.

    Up to 43 weeks exemption of the Qualifying Employment period may be granted; the remaining period in the workplace and the Work-based Learning portfolio will still need to be completed.

    CILEx Fellowship / Chartered Legal Executive application

    On completion of the period of Qualifying Employment, students are eligible to become a Chartered Legal Executive and CILEx Fellow and use the designatory letters FCILEx.

    The application process for CILEx Fellowship is in 2 stages:

  • Proof of the required period in Qualifying Employment.
  • Assessment of competence which is done through completion of a Work-based Learning Portfolio of evidence.

  • CILEx Fellows are able to gain Advocacy or Litigation and Advocacy rights in Civil Proceedings.

    CILEx Chartered Legal Executive Litigator and Advocate

    Chartered Legal Executives can be awarded Litigation and Advocacy rights by CILEx Regulation for authorisation to conduct litigation and appear in court as an advocate in civil proceedings, without supervision.

    Applying for Litigation and Advocacy Rights

    You can apply for Advocacy Rights alone or for Litigation and Advocacy Practice Rights together.

    Applications are open to Chartered Legal Executives who are qualified and suitably experienced.

    NB holders of the BPTC may be eligible for exemptions from the advocacy course.

    Application steps:

  • Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for an Advocacy Skills Course verifying the knowledge, skills and experience in advocacy to meet the course entry requirements.
  • Complete study and assessment for the Civil Litigation Advocacy skills course through a CILEx accredited Advocacy course provider.

  • *For Chambers Advocacy Rights this is 2 days.
    *Open court Advocacy Rights this is 6 days.
  • For Civil Litigation, complete an application for Litigation and Advocacy Practice Rights together, which in addition to the steps above assesses knowledge, skills and experience in Civil Litigation.
  • When the application is approved, an Advocacy or Litigation and Advocacy Certificate is issued with a Practicing Certificate to become a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate or CILEx Litigator and Chartered Legal Executive Advocate.

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