The CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice is the starting point for qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive (the third branch of the legal profession in England and Wales). The course follows the specification designed and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and the final award is granted by CILEx on satisfactory completion of the course.
The course consists of ten units which are typically studied over a period of two academic years (five units per year). The ten units studied provide a broad introduction to six major areas of law, two major areas of practice and the professional and ethical skills required in legal research and client care.
Successful completion of the course will enable progression to the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice and eventual qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive.
Whilst experience of working in the legal sector is not essential, many applicants are already employed in this field.
How will I be assessed?
All units, with the exception of Legal Research Skills and Client Care modules, are summatively assessed by means of a written examination at the end of the unit (in January for first semester units and June for second semester units).
The Introduction to Law and Practice module will be assessed through completion of a multiple choice question examination. All other written examinations consist of a mixture of knowledge questions and problem-solving questions, where candidates have to apply their knowledge of the law to a particular problem. All examinations are “closed-book” examinations.
Both Professional Skills units (Legal Research Skills and Client Care) are assessed by means of coursework completed over the duration of the semester. These are marked by tutors at UCEN Manchester and then submitted to CILEx for moderation.
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