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CILEX Criminal Litigator & Advocate

Important information

As part of the introduction of the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ), entries to the Level 3 qualification have now closed. Level 6 Single Subject Certificates and Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice will close to new registrations from 28 February 2024. If you start studying a CILEX Level 6 qualification now, you will have until November 2026 to complete it. You will have the right to transition to the CPQ framework at any time during this transition period. Details of which Level 6 units to complete, so that this transition can be as smooth as possible, can be found here. You can also locate details on our CPQ courses here.


CILEX Criminal Litigator & Advocate

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’ (CILEX) specialist pathway in Criminal Law and Litigation, delivers the knowledge and experience required to deal with Criminal Law in England and Wales. The pathway educates in criminal law, including criminal liability, criminal damage, theft, homicide and other criminal offences as well as the nature and requirement for criminal defence. The pathway includes experience of the criminal justice system, police powers, the criminal court system and criminal proceedings.

Choose the pathway and click on the titles below to go directly to the right section on this page.​

Download CILEX Criminal Litigation and Advocacy diagram for an overview of the pathway which prepares individuals for a career in criminal law to deal with witnesses, experts, clients (potentially in custody) and undertake case work and file preparation for Magistrates Court or Crown Courts in support of a Counsel or become a Criminal Defence lawyer or a Litigator and Advocate to undertake criminal proceedings unsupervised.


CILEX Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice – Academic Stage 1

The Academic Stage 1 Diploma can be achieved in 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: Criminal Law and Litigation Pathway – CILEX Level 3 Certificate in Law & Practice

Specialism: Criminal Law and Litigation

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 Criminal Law. Level 3 Criminal Law and Criminal Litigation are needed at the Certificate or Diploma stage on this Criminal Litigation Specialism Pathway.

Recommended Entry level

Role on commencement:

Role on completion

Level 3


CILEX Membership Grade


5 units, CILEX Level 3 – Certificate in Law & Practice.

Advised units for a Criminal Litigation Specialist Career Pathway:

  • Introduction to Law and Practice*
  • Client Care Skills*
  • Legal Research Skills*
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Criminal Law

* mandatory units for CILEX Level 3 Certificate

Option 2: Criminal Law Pathway – CILEX Level 3 Diploma in Law and 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 open to all, not just school leavers.

This stage includes mandatory core units in law, to ensure that CILEX members are well prepared for a career in law against the background of continuing changes in the legal sector. There is also room for unit choices to reflect specialist interests such as Criminal Law and Criminal Litigation.

Recommended Entry level

Role on completion

Level 3


CILEX Membership Grade


10 units, CILEX Level 3 – Diploma in Law and Practice.

Advised units for a Criminal Litigation Specialist Career Pathway:

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

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 and Criminal Defence Lawyer.

  • 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.

Entry level

Role on completion

Level 6


CILEX Membership Grade


6 Units, CILEX Level 6 – Diploma in Law and Practice.

Advised units for a Criminal Litigation Specialist Career Pathway:

Plus 2 elective units:**

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.


  • 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.

Entry level

Role on completion

Level 6


CILEX Membership Grade


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.


The Graduate Fast-track Diploma consists of 3 units

Advised units for a Criminal Litigation Specialist Career Pathway:

Plus 1 elective Practice unit:

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 ensure the work is approved for Qualifying Employment and Work-based Learning.



Law Graduates with LPC or BPTC can apply for an 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 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 the completion of a Work-based Learning Portfolio of evidence.


  • CILEX Fellows are able to gain Advocacy or Litigation and Advocacy rights in Criminal Proceedings with additional qualifications.
  • There is also a pathway to becoming an Assistant Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service following further qualifications.

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 criminal court proceedings at the Magistrates Court or selective Crown Court 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. As Rights of Audience follow certification, the experience portfolio evidencing relevant experience can provide police station representation work and an element of observed advocacy, as described in our Certification of Eligibility guidance notes.
  • Complete study and assessment for the Civil Litigation Advocacy skills course through a CILEX accredited Advocacy course provider. *Open court Advocacy Rights this is 6 days.
  • For Criminal Litigation, complete an application for Litigation and Advocacy Practice Rights which, in addition to the steps above, assesses knowledge, skills and experience in Criminal Litigation.

For Criminal Litigation, complete an application for Litigation and Advocacy Practice Rights which, in addition to the steps above, assesses knowledge, skills and experience in Criminal Litigation.

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See what our CILEX learners have to say…


Tasha switched from the LPC to CILEX and completed her qualification with Law Training Centre.


Robert is studying CILEX with Law Training Centre to pursue his dream legal career and qualify.


Mikayla studied with the support of her employer and has now qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive.

When I started doing more research about it, I began to think that the CILEx route was too good to be true. It’s cheaper, a student can work through their studies, it is overall better.

Robert Chawner, CILEX learner

Law Training Centre helped me get on the course I needed very quickly and put everything in place for me so I could start with my studies as soon as possible.

Sophie Wallace, CILEX learner

At first, I didn’t think I would be able to afford the course, as the competitor prices I had seen were double the Law Training Centre price, but the instalment option gave me the chance to breathe and meet all my financial commitments.

Tasha Peeters, CILEX learner

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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 complete our CILEX enrolment form here.

To ensure your enrolment is processed as quickly as possible, please make sure that you read the form carefully, and fill out all the required boxes. If you need any help or have questions, please contact us on 0330 088 8495 or [email protected]


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