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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’ll specialise in one or two areas of the law.

You’ll be responsible for a range of tasks, including:

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

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

Who Is It For?

This is a 5-year apprenticeship, and is an ideal next step for those who have completed a paralegal apprenticeship. You can also apply for this course if you’re a Law graduate or if you’ve completed your CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

If you’re a Law graduate, you’ll be exempt from studying the law subjects of this apprenticeship. You’ll only need to take on 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

View more information on 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 Gain?

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

What Are The Entry Requirements?

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C, specifically Maths and English. If using the numbered grading system, this corresponds to 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4. For more information on how these grades are changing, visit the gov.uk website.

You’ll also need 3 A Levels Grade C or above, and to have completed either a Paralegal apprenticeship (CILEx Level 3) or a Law degree.

What Could I Progress To When I Finish 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 that of a solicitor. In fact, many legal executives go on to supervise solicitors in their practice areas. If you wish to train as a solicitor, your CILEx certification can be used towards your qualification.

About Irwin Mitchell

Founded in 1912, Irwin Mitchell has helped over one million clients so far. These include individuals, small businesses, as well as national and international organisations. We currently employ over 2,500 people across 14 offices.

The IMCF (Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation) was set up in 1997 and has so far donated over £1 million to local and national causes. We give all our employees 14 hours a year to use on voluntary work, to give back to our communities.

Why Work For Irwin Mitchell?

Our apprentices receive a full benefits package including:

  • 25 days holiday
  • Recognition scheme
  • Sports team sponsorship
  • Travel season ticket loan
  • Health plan
  • Contributory pension scheme

We pay our apprentices a generous starting salary of £16,289 (£18,928 in London).

We encourage all our people to embody our brand values:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity

Our combination of empathy and legal knowledge is a strength that differentiates us from many other law firms.

We're committed to creating a positive working environment that maximises your potential while promoting work-life balance.




How To Apply

Applications for 2018 Apprenticeships are now closed.

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