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Level 3 CILEx qualifications

CILEx Level 3 qualifications is an entry-level qualification for:
  • Non-law degree university students looking to become a Legal Executive and who have some legal work experience.
  • Those who work in a non-legal role in law firms (e.g. in a secretarial or business administration role).
  • School leavers who want an alternative to university, and graduates.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    For each unit you study, you will receive:
  • Course access and support: 15-month access per individual unit to all e-learning materials and tutor support
  • Unlimited tutor support and your queries answered within 24 hours
  • A step-by-step study plan, setting out a suggested programme of study for your unit
  • Pre-recorded lectures covering learning outcomes for each unit and the key legal points that need to be studied to ensure your success in the exams
  • Additional checklists, summaries, flashcards and study materials to help you prepare and revise for your exams
  • Additional free e-books for life on the English Legal System, Contract and Land Law. These are specifically designed to explain difficult concepts and to help you revise and prepare for exams.The full e-book functionality allows users to easily annotate, highlight and create custom flashcards. More subjects will be added soon.
  • Free access for LTC learners to the Thomson Reuters Practical Law, the leading online legal know-how service used by over 140,000 lawyers worldwide. Practical Law provides an unparalleled range of resources from practice notes, current awareness, checklists, standard documents and a unique ‘Ask-Legal Query service’, which is invaluable for students needing practical guidance.
  • Intensive revision sessions ahead of the January and June exams: for Practice subjects, the tutor-led revision sessions focus on the CILEx pre-release case study materials, analysing the scenarios and the exam techniques needed to successfully answer all questions.
  • For Law subjects, the tutor-led revision sessions focus on the typical types of questions found in Sections A and B, and the exam techniques needed to successfully answer all questions.
  • An interactive online forum where you can interact with other students on the course.
  • Learners can use any textbooks for their CILEx courses provided they meet the required level at which they are studying.

    LTC students benefit from substantial discounts – up to 25% – on Oxford University Press (OUP) textbooks. These are available via the Oxford University press LTC web shop. Login provided upon enrolment.

    Suggested book list

    Level 3 textbooks
  • CILEx Law School (CLS) manuals available from the CILEx Law School website here.

  • Level 6 textbooks
  • CILEx recommended texts by Oxford University Press. Full list including statute books here.
  • Our supported distance-learning model is a flexible approach to studying CILEx units. It blends the best of e-learning and tutor support enabling you to study at your own pace with unlimited support from our experienced tutors. Except for Professional Skills, all CILEx units are assessed via an exam.

    Assessment (Exam) Arrangements:

    Each CILEx Level 3 and Level 6 Law and Practice unit is assessed by an exam that can be taken at your local external CILEx exam centre in January and June of each year.

    You can choose when to sit the exam – you do not need to choose the next sitting after starting your course.

    The full list of nationwide CILEx exam venues can be seen here.

    Exam fees: CILEx requires learners to pay the relevant fee for each exam they enter, regardless of which training provider they study with. Details of fees can be found here.

    Please note that prior to taking the exam, CILEx requires that candidates must have studied each relevant unit at an accredited centre.

    Exam registration deadlines must be adhered to, and full details of the key dates can be found here. Overseas students are welcome, but please note that overseas students must make exam arrangements in their country or residence. They must also get approval from CILEx directly and well in advance – please see the Overseas Student’ tab here.
    They are law lecturers and practitioners with a wealth of experience in the legal sector. They include CILEx Fellows, Licensed Conveyancers, Solicitors, Barristers, Chief Examiners and Assessors, University Lecturers and Law Book Authors with related subject experience. They have been trained to deliver our courses in an interactive and engaging manner.
    You will have a tutor for each unit whom you can contact directly at any time by email, forums or webinars.

    Your tutor is there to support you throughout your studies and will provide you with prompt and clear replies to all your questions.

    Tutors will also support you through forums on each subject.

    Revision sessions for exams.
    There are live question and answer webinars with your tutor(s). These focus on the key areas of exam-writing skills and the expected standard to pass a CILEx exam. For Practice units, the tutors will work with you to analyse pre-released case study materials.
    All our CILEx units have a 15-month access period, which makes available materials and support for up to two possible exam sittings. In the highly unlikely event that you are unsuccessful on your first attempt, you can simply re-register with CILEx to sit the exam at the next sitting. CILEx do not place a limit on the number of times you can sit an exam.
    Whilst not needed, we advise that all students have a minimum GCSE or equivalent qualification in English and Maths. If you are unsure, please contact us and we will be happy to provide further guidance. For many of our CILEx courses, you do not need to have any prior legal qualifications or practical legal experience.
    Upon course expiry (15 months from enrolling), you will no longer have access to the learning materials and support in the Learner Area for that unit.

    However, you will still be able to enter CILEx exams. For Professional Skills you will be able to enter those units, provided your LTC tutor gave you a provisional pass for the work you submitted to LTC. If you need more than 15 months, you can renew your course at a heavily discounted rate.
    You can apply for a NUS Extra Discount Card once you’ve enrolled on your course. Further details in your learner area.
    The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the membership and awarding body for the CILEx qualifications. It sets, runs and mark the exams and issue certificates. CILEx also sets the membership fees and associated charges for qualifying.

    The Law Training Centre (LTC) is an accredited CILEx study centre. Only accredited study centres can deliver training that allows you to enter the CILEx exams, and qualify. LTC is your training provider and delivers tuition for your CILEx studies, and the support you need to pass your CILEx exams.
    The CILEx Information for Students page on the CILEx website is an important resource, and we advise that you familiarise yourself with it at the beginning of your studies. There you will find useful information and updates relating to student handbooks, exam policies, deadlines, CILEx registration fees, past papers and suggested answers, exam timetables and even the Chief Examiner reports. The full qualifications rules and a comprehensive guide to each qualification can be found in the latest CILEx Qualification Handbooks.


    Level 3

    payment options

    Interest free instalment options

    Unit Total
    Multi unit
    price with
    10% discount
    Total cost
    spread over
    Multi unit
    price with
    5% discount
    payment due
    on enrolment
    Multi unit
    price with
    5% discount
    Followed by
    Direct Debit
    Multi unit
    price with
    5% discount
    Number of
    Level 3 Certificate (5 Units) £975.00 £877.50 £975.00 spread
    over 4 payments
    £926.25 £243.75 £231.56 £243.75 £231.56 3
    Level 3 Diploma (10 Units) £1,950.00 1,755.00 £1,950.00 spread
    over 4 payments
    £1,852.50 £487.50 £463.13 £487.50 £463.13 3
    Level 3 Individual Units £195.00 £195.00 spread
    over 4 payments
    £48.75 £48.75 3
    Payments can be made by bank transfer or by card online. If taking advantage of our interest free instalment plan, a Direct Debit must be set up as part of the enrolment process and be kept in place until all payments have been made. Please note that failed Direct Debit payments may result in an administrative charge being made and course access suspended.

    VAT Treatment: No VAT will be added for private individuals. For firms, VAT will be added to invoices for VAT registered entities at the prevailing rate.

    Certificate and Diploma explained

    Level 3 is divided into two tiers: Certificate and Diploma

    Duration: around two years for both Certificate and Diploma.

    Certificate in Law and Practice

    consists of five study units selected from a suite of 19 units.

    Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

    consists of 10 study units, with core topics and topics you choose. It is a broad-based, practical introduction to law and legal practice, and forms the first academic stage in the process of becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.

  • Those working in a law firm who have the Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice can charge fee-earning at grade D of the Guideline Hourly Rates.
  • Many students qualifying with the Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice go on to study CILEx Level 6 qualifications prior to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.
  • The Professional Skills study units require students to demonstrate transferable legal skills in practical situations. These skills are vital in a changing legal market.

    Level 3 Certificate in
    Law and Practice
    Who is it for?

  • The growing number of students who are interested in a short but rounded introduction to Law and Practice
  • Those who have a specific learning need within an area of Law and Legal Practice.
  • It consists of five units from a suite of 19 units in accordance with the qualification rules, which, in summary are that you study:
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Law and Practice
  • Unit 16: Client Care Skills
  • Unit 17: Legal Research Skills
  • Plus one Practice unit (chosen from the nine Practice units options)
  • The Law unit linked to the Practice unit you have chosen.
  • NB. Certification is available at unit level as each unit is a worthwhile achievement in its own right.

    Further information about the Qualification Rules can be found in the latest CILEx Qualification Handbooks.


    Unit Type: Foundation

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Law Practice*

  • *Mandatory
    Multiple Choice Examination twice a year in January and June


    Unit Type: Foundation

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Law Practice*

  • *Mandatory


    Unit Type: Law

    5 UNITS
  • Unit 2 Contract Law
  • Unit 3 Criminal Law
  • Unit 4 Land Law
  • Unit 5 Law of Tort
  • Unit 6 Employment Law
  • Unit 7 Family Law
  • Unit 8 Law of Wills and Succession

  • Plus one Practice Unit and one Linked Law Unit
    Examination twice a year in January and June


    Unit Type: Law

    10 UNITS
  • Unit 2 Contract Law*
  • Unit 3 Criminal Law*
  • Unit 4 Land Law*
  • Unit 5 Law of Tort*
  • Unit 6 Employment Law
  • Unit 7 Family Law
  • Unit 8 Law of Wills and Succession

  • *Mandatory
    Plus two Practice Units [1] and one Linked Law Unit (Law Units 6-8) OR three Practice Units


    Unit Type: Practice

  • Unit 9 Civil Litigation Practice (Linked Law Units: 2 or 5)
  • Unit 10 Conveyancing Practice (Linked Law Units: 4)
  • Unit 11 Criminal Litigation Practice (Linked Law Units: 3)
  • Unit 12 The Practice of Family Law (Linked Law Units: 7)
  • Unit 13 The Practice of Employment Law (Linked Law Units: 6)
  • Unit 14 Probate Practice (Linked Law Units: 8)
  • Unit 15 The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client (Linked Law Units: 8)
  • Examination based on pre-released case study twice a year in January and June


    Unit Type: Practice

  • Unit 18 The Practice of Childcare Law (Linked Law Units: 7)
  • Unit 19 Residential & Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing (Linked Law Units: 2 or 4)
  • Examination based on pre-released case study twice a year in January and June


    Unit Type: Professional Skills (Assessment based)

  • Unit 16 Client Care Skills*
  • Unit 17 Legal Research Skills:*

  • *Mandatory
    Task based assessment, no exams. Internally assessed and externally moderated. Submission windows to submit work twice a year in January and June.

    How to apply

    To apply and enrol on our online supported distance learning CILEx courses please complete and return an enrolment form by email to

    To apply and enrol on our classroom based CILEx courses please contact us on to express interest and enquire about dates and possible subjects.

    If you wish to discuss this qualification further and find out how it could help you advance your career please contact us on 0330 088 8495 or to speak with one of our advisors.
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