Course Details

  • If you’re already working in the legal sector – or you’re about to be – and would like to advance your skills in the profession and take your career to the next step, this Level 3 Professional Diploma, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, is the ideal course for you.

    The CILEX Professional Diploma in Law and Practice gives you the chance to qualify professionally as a lawyer, while you’re working, so that you can earn as you learn. You’ll build up ‘qualifying employment’ experience in the legal sector and learn all the necessary skills and knowledge you’ll need during afternoon and evening classes one day a week.

    For this two-year, Level 3 Diploma, you’ll cover a range of topics in the classroom, beginning with an introduction to law and practice and legal research. You’ll look at criminal law and criminal procedure in year one, before moving on to tort, civil litigation and family law in year two. As part of the course, you may also be able to take part in observational visits to the Crown Court, Employment Tribunal and Magistrates’ Court.

  • To enrol on this course, you’ll need to have at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A to C in mainly academic languages. This should include English Language.

    Alternatively, you’ll be able to demonstrate a reasonable amount of good quality legal experience. We’ll invite you down for an interview and may ask you to sit a short ‘English skills’ written assessment.

    Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.

  • During this Level 3 CILEX Diploma, you’ll be assessed in a number of different ways, depending on the unit of study. This will include multiple-choice tests, practical-based tasks, case study assignments and some exams.

  • After completed this Law and Practice CILEX Level 3 course, you’ll have a solid foundation of legal knowledge and skill and be well on the way to a successful career in law and its related industries.

    To take your abilities and expertise even further, you could advance onto the Level 6 CILEX course with us right here at The Manchester College, which will help you train as a qualified solicitor. You could go on to become a judge in certain courts and tribunals, or act as an advocate for others. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in criminal law with further Police Station Accreditation after the course.

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  • There are a number of funding and finance options to help you afford the tuition fees for this course and any other costs associated with studying at college. These include special grants and bursaries, as well as dedicated loans just for education.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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