Postgraduate Professional Diploma

Legal Executive Practice (CILEx)

Develop your existing legal knowledge and work towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX).

Legal Executive Practice (CILEx)

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    18 Sep 2023

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Develop your existing legal knowledge and work towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)
  • Be able to fit your studies around your existing work commitments
  • Study on campus on a weekly basis through immersive three-hour workshops
  • Gain a detailed understanding of two specific areas of law 
  • Develop the specialist knowledge that is central to client care, including professional conduct, negotiation and legal writing 
  • Use case studies to gain real insight into legal practice


On completion of your course and your qualifying period of employment, you’ll be able to apply to become a Fellow of CILEX as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer. This means you’ll be able to apply for roles with responsibilities similar to those of a solicitor. You’ll have access to a wide range of CILEX member benefits, including networking and training events. Visit the CILEX website to find out more about being a CILEX Lawyer and about CILEX membership.

Please note that CILEX careers in law are changing – go to CILEX to ensure you are on the correct route for our personal circumstances. An applicant’s eligibility for the CILEX course is subject to the provisions of the CILEX, and all applicants are responsible for ensuring they satisfy the CILEX’s requirements for study and qualification via this route.

Law Trove

You’ll be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online for free through Law Trove, a subscription-only service offered by Oxford University Press.

Mentoring scheme

You’ll have the opportunity to be mentored by a practising professional from the Leeds legal community. They will provide insight into life in a legal practice and one-to-one support to really sharpen your career prospects.

Specialist facilities

Our range of dynamic and immersive facilities will help you prepare for an exciting career in law. Our purpose-built Professional Practice Suite, including a courtroom, will enable you to hone your communication and presentation skills.

Learn from experts

You’ll be taught by experienced legal professionals at our City Campus. Their wealth of professional experience will feed into and enhance your learning.


Why study Professional Diploma Legal Executive Practice (CILEx) at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Law Trove - an online service giving you free access to over 200 legal textbooks, meaning you spend less, if anything, on textbooks
  2. Mentoring scheme - benefit from being paired with a professional mentor from Leeds’ legal or business community
  3. Law in Practice lectures - previous speakers including human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, and Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer
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Postgraduate opportunities at Leeds Law School Head of Subject (Postgraduate) at Leeds Law School, Louisa Ashley, talks about postgraduate opportunities.