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Chartered Legal Executive (Level 6)

Entry Requirements

Applicants must already be in possession of a qualifying law degree (QLD) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). By the start date of the apprenticeship, the apprentice should already have undertaken the first year of a minimum of three years qualifying employment (as defined by CILEx). GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C (Grade 4) or above or an equivalent qualification.


Fees for the course will be a maximum of £6,000*.

Course duration
24 months 
How to apply

Apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme. Visit our website for details of current vacancies.

T: 0113 812 4500
There may be flexibility over fees and start dates depending on the number of students from a single employer.
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Leeds Law School is offering the opportunity to qualify as a fellow of CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) and become a Legal Executive Lawyer by completing our Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship. 
The apprenticeship is designed for LLB/GDL graduates to undertake whilst working in legal practice and is eligible for funding through the apprenticeship levy. Upon successful completion, as well as qualifying as a fellow of CILEx (the highest level of CILEx membership), apprentices will be awarded a Level 6 Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Practice by the University.


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How does the apprenticeship work?

Apprentices are in full time qualifying employment whilst undertaking this two year apprenticeship. An apprentice has the advantage of being able to quickly utilise knowledge and skills acquired during their studies within the workplace for the benefit of clients and colleagues and their own professional development.

How is the apprenticeship structured?

The apprenticeship is delivered over two years. The teaching element of the apprenticeship takes place during the first year, divided across two 12-week semesters during which apprentices undertake three level 6 modules. This is either on a day / half day release basis, or attending study in the late afternoon on one or two days per week.. The second year culminates in an end point assessment (EPA), for which the university provides supervision and support during the second year in readiness for submission.

What topics does the apprenticeship cover?

  • Client Care Skills
  • Civil Litigation
  • Conveyancing

How is the apprenticeship assessed?

In the first year of the apprenticeship, Client Care Skills is assessed by way of a combination of coursework and a presentation whilst Civil Litigation and Conveyancing are assessed by way of an examination.

Where will study take place?

Study takes place on campus at the university, most likely at City Campus. Supervision meetings will generally be held on campus. There will also be some work place visits during the apprenticeship. 

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Our Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship enables apprentices to develop the knowledge and professional competencies required by CILEx while mastering the skills, knowledge and behaviours to ensure they are competent to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
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Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, university and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship.

  • Apprentices must be employed and paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role.
  • You will be responsible for the recruitment of apprentices. However, we can work with you to promote your opportunities via our website.
  • You pay apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying.
  • Apprentices require a workplace mentor who will oversee their development and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor.

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If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3m you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account. If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 95% of the costs and you will pay the remaining 5% of costs.

For further information please visit the governments own apprenticeship site.

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