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Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship

“I had an opportunity to get my foot in the door and experience a top tier law firm from the ground up.”

Jack Sole, Apprentice Legal Executive

As an Apprentice Chartered Legal Executive, you can specialise in one or two areas of the law and earn an industry-recognised legal qualification.

During the 5-year apprenticeship, you’ll be responsible for a range of tasks, including:

  • Managing your own caseload
  • Assisting on other cases
  • Performing legal research.

You’ll learn practical client care and legal research skills, as well as several law and practice units tailored to your area of law.

All while earning a starting salary of £16,289 (£18,928 in London) and getting a range of employee benefits too.

Who’s It For?

This is an ideal next step if you’ve completed a paralegal apprenticeship, a CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, or a Law degree.

If you’re a Law graduate, you’ll skip the law subjects of this apprenticeship and only need to do the legal practice and professional skills modules.

What Will I Study?

Your academic learning will be delivered by CILEx Law School. You’ll be taught mostly through webinars and face-to-face lessons. You’ll study a variety of subjects, including:

  • Business and ethics in law
  • Risk and compliance
  • Practices of your specialist area.

See more info about what you’ll study and the work you’ll do as part of your apprenticeship on the CILEx Law School website.

What Qualification Will I Get?

You’ll receive the CILEx Level 6 Higher Diploma in Law and Practice when you finish the apprenticeship. This certifies you as a fully-qualified Chartered Legal Executive.

What Are The Entry Requirements?

You’ll need:

  • Either a Paralegal apprenticeship (CILEx Level 3) or a Law degree
  • Three A Levels at Grade C or above
  • Five GCSEs at Grade A* to C (or grade 9-4 on the numbered system).

What Can I Do After My Apprenticeship?

When you finish this apprenticeship, you can go on to build your career as a Chartered Legal Executive. Whereas solicitors have a broad legal knowledge, you’ll specialise in one or two areas.

This means your career path in those areas can be more focussed than a solicitor’s. In fact, many legal executives go on to supervise solicitors in their practice areas.

You can also use your CILEx certification towards qualifying as a solicitor.

Awards & Accreditations

We're proud to have our hard work recognised by leading industry organisations, both as a law firm and as an employer.