CILEx Level 3 qualification - Law Training Centre

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.
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    Unparalleled support and study resources

    Our course fees include:

    Long-lasting course access period for ultimate flexibility

    With 18-month access to all e-learning materials and tutor support.

    Unlimited tutor support

    With swift expert responses to all learner queries within 24 hours and 48 hours at the weekend.

    Intensive revision sessions

    Ahead of the January and June exams.

    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.

    Extensive revision materials

    For each unit, equipping our learners with the skills and knowledge they need to take their exams with confidence.

    Free access to Thomson Reuters Practical Law the leading online legal know-how service

    The leading online legal know-how service.

    Instalment payment options

    For both individual units and full diplomas.

    Student Discount Card available to purchase.

    TOTUM, the new name for NUS extra, gives you access to student discounts and deals. For more information and costs, visit their website.

    Extensive bank of study resources

    Including live and recorded webinars, pre-recorded lectures, flashcards, revision and summary notes, quizzes, scenario questions and answers, and mock assessments.

    A step-by-step suggested study plan,

    Setting out a breakdown of a suggested programme of study for your unit to help learners keep track of their progress.

    For Practice subjects,

    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.

    Interactive online forums

    Where learners can interact with other students on the course.

    Free Law Express e-books

    For the following courses: Introduction to Law, Contract and Land Law, Criminal Law, Tort Law, Family Law, Employment Law and Company and Partnership Law and Practice.

    CILEx Recommended Textbooks

    The CILEx Recommended reading list contains a listing of the texts one needs to purchase to study the course successfully. Law Training Centre offer a discount for students who choose to purchase access to one or more law textbooks via the Law Trove collection. Law Trove contains approximately 200 online law textbooks, including those featured on CILEx’s recommended reading list across core and optional modules. Once purchased, learners receive 12 months digital access to these books. If hard copies are preferred, Law Training Centre offers 25% discount to our students.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    For each unit you study, you will receive:
  • Course access and support: 18-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.
  • Option to purchase access to the Oxford University Press’(OUP) Law Trove at a 10% discount. Students can choose individual subject collections or the full OUP Law Trove.
  • 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 Practice 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.

    Here at Law Training Centre, we offer a discount for students who choose to purchase access to one or more law textbooks. Once purchased, you'll receive 12 months digital access to these books. If you prefer hard copies, Law Training Centre offers 25% discount to our students.
    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.
    You must be 18 or over to enrol and study with Law Training Centre.
    Yes – Once you have completed CILEx Level 3 you will become an Associate member of CILEx (ACILEx). You can then advance to the CILEx Level 6 qualification. Once you have completed Level 6 you will have achieved a degree-equivalent qualification and will be able to choose to continue and qualify as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) route.

    Find out more about the SQE.

    Upon completion of your CILEx Level 6 qualification you will also become a Graduate member of CILEx (GCILEx) and be able to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer (Fellow of CILEx) once you have been in qualifying employment for at least 3 years (1 year of which must be as GCILEx grade) and have met the work-based learning outcomes.
    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.
    There are some additional costs involved when studying CILEx courses. These are listed below:

    Membership – CILEx membership prices range based on grade.

    Assessment fees – All units end with an assessment (either exam or coursework based) and incur a fee.

    Assessment Centre fees – For units that end with an exam, CILEx will also charge an assessment centre fee.

    Extra reading – The recommended reading list is not part of the core course but can be purchased separately. Law Training Centre learners can purchase Oxford University Press (OUP) Law Trove access which includes manuals in CILEx’ recommended reading list. Learners can also have up to 25% off OUP textbooks.
    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 18-month access period, which makes available materials and support for at least 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 (18 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 18 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. LTC students can also purchase access to OUP’s Law Trove at a 10% discount for either full access or access to subject collections.
    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.
    Yes, you can begin your course at any time, even before purchasing your CILEx membership. Your CILEx membership must be purchased in time to apply for your assessment and the key dates and deadlines for this can be found here.
    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.


    Thinking about enrolling in an LTC CILEx online course?

    All our courses are designed to fit around your existing commitments. They can be studied at your own pace and are delivered by our approachable team of law lecturers and practitioners with years of industry experience.

    Most importantly, our courses represent great value for money and can be paid for via instalments, making them accessible and ensuring a real return on investment.

    Certificate and Diploma explained

    Level 3 is divided into two tiers: Certificate and Diploma

    Duration: around two years for both Certificate and Diploma.
    Certificate consists of five study units selected from a suite of 19 units.
    Diploma 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.

    What will I study?

    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.

    What will I need before I get started?

    To study your online course, you will need the following:
    Minimum Hardware Requirements:
  • Computer / laptop / Google Chromebook / Apple MacBook
  • Keyboard and a mouse or another pointing device
  • Broadband connection with 10 Mbps average speed
  • An Ethernet cable for maintaining internet stability
  • Working microphone, either internal or external
  • Webcam with 320 x 240 VGA resolution, either internal or external
  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • Preferred Internet Browser: Google Chrome
  • Operating System: Windows 7+ / macOS 10.11+ / Chrome 58+
  • Free RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: 2GHz Intel Pentium / Intel / ARM
  • Free disk space: 1GB
  • We are here to help. If you have any questions on the above, please contact us.

    How to apply?

    How do I enrol?

    The Law Training Centre accepts applications throughout the year so that learners can start when it suits them most.

    You can request an enrolment form by completing our form. Once completed, you will receive the form directly to the email address you provide.

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