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You're on a fast track to becoming a

specialist lawyer

You're on a fast track

to specialist lawyer

Your law degree means you’re already part-way to qualifying as a new kind of lawyer. With CPQ, you could be a practising specialist lawyer in as little as two years, with expertise and experience that will put you far ahead of lawyers on other routes. Become a specialist lawyer and help to shape the future of law.
2 years to qualify. Specialise from Day 1.
Over 1000 CILEX-qualified partners. Employed at 70% of top 200 law firms.

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Become a specialist lawyer

The legal sector is changing fast and clients of all kinds increasingly want specialist lawyers to help them address the challenges that shape their lives and businesses – professionals whose skills and expertise focus on a specific area of law.

With the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) you’ll begin specialising far earlier than with other routes. As a law graduate, you'll jump straight into the CPQ programme at the Advanced stage and begin specialising immediately. You’ll be focusing on the most relevant areas of law and refining your practical skills so that by the time you qualify you’ll already be a specialist lawyer – equal in professional standing to other lawyers but far ahead in terms of targeted expertise.

CILEX-qualified professionals have been leading the way as specialists for decades and today there are more than 1,000 partners in law firms up and down the UK who took the CILEX route.

Quote from Tim Walmsley, Partner, Stephens Scown LLP.
Quote from Hena Somaiya, Regulatory Policy, Governance & Legal Consultant, Santander Consumer (UK) plc.

A modern way of learning

Just like the practice of law, studying law is changing and CILEX is leading the way. Our new CPQ programme uses a blended learning approach so that you can study in the way that suits you. Naturally there’s the conventional book bashing – but all of our course materials are available via the CILEX hub so that you can create your own digital study library, make notes and use markers to help your study. Alongside your digital texts, you’ll also have access to a wide range of online seminars and tutorials, streaming lectures and hot topic sessions to bring your learning to life.

At the start of your study programme, depending on your Training Provider, you’ll be assigned a Learning and Development Adviser, a trained professional who will check in with you regularly, answer your questions and direct you to specific resources to support your learning. You may also be able to access additional resources and communities to further help and support your studies. 

One of the defining features of CPQ is its emphasis on helping you to develop the practical skills and behaviours that will support your practice. Everyone studying CPQ is required to take our Ethics and Professional Responsibility modules. These will provide you with a solid platform of knowledge about the legal system, professional code of conduct, and your responsibilities in areas such as data protection, client confidentiality and money-laundering. You’ll also work through a series of practical case studies in which you’ll explore your professional obligations and how to behave in different challenging situations.

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Flexibility with CILEX

Studying and qualifying with CILEX is designed to be as flexible as possible to fit around your work and life commitments. You can choose where to study from a wide range of leading training providers and take the CPQ stages at a speed that suits you – there’s no pressure to complete within fixed times and you can sit your CPQ assessments when you are ready.

Unlike other legal training routes you don’t need to have a training contract or graduate placement to start on CPQ – you can even start CPQ before you start your job, though you will need to demonstrate law-related work in order to develop your work experience portfolio and progress through the stages. In fact, many leading employers recognise CILEX training programmes as the high-quality, cost-efficient route for developing their legal talent and offer financial and study support for employees taking this route.

Quote from Daniel Wright, fee-paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal and fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal, assigned to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. “My employer sees the benefits of having a working judge as part of the team and the different perspective that brings to the legal advice I offer. I would recommend CILEX Lawyers take a look at the possibility of a judicial career.”

CILEX training and qualifications are widely respected among leading law firms and employers across a variety of sectors

Admiral Law, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Fletchers, Government Legal Department, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Kennedys, Plexus, Slater and Gordon.
Admiral Law, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Fletchers, Government Legal Department, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Kennedys, Plexus, Slater and Gordon.

The best-value route to launch your career in law

As a law graduate, you will start CPQ at the Advanced stage where you will be able to specialise on the areas of law that are most relevant to you and your employer. Your journey to becoming a specialist lawyer – studying, working and applying your learning in the workplace – has been designed to be both flexible and challenging. While you can progress through CPQ as fast as you like, the typical journey to full qualification, starting at the Advanced stage, will take around two years, though there is no time limit on your progress.

See the table below for indicative costs for each stage of CPQ.

CPQ Prices: CPQ Advanced = £5,850. CPQ Professional = £2,950. Total = £8,800. Price for each stage includes CILEX Fee for resources and assessments, and Course Fee based on CILEX Law School. Other training providers are available and may have different pricing. Excludes annual membership which varies according to member level. Prices correct at 1 Jan 2020.
CPQ Prices: CPQ Advanced = £5,850. CPQ Professional = £2,950. Total = £8,800. Price for each stage includes CILEX Fee for resources and assessments, and Course Fee based on CILEX Law School. Other training providers are available and may have different pricing. Excludes annual membership which varies according to member level. Prices correct at 1 Jan 2020.

Download the student prospectus for more information on the structure of the CPQ programme and your journey towards becoming a specialist lawyer.

Quote from Faisal Ali, Medical Negligence, Irwin Mitchell.

Your CPQ journey to specialist lawyer

CPQ Advanced - Approx 12-18 months. Suitable for: Law graduate. Components: 4 compulsory modules, 1 optional module, Ethics & Professional Responsibility 1 and 2 (if not previously completed), Professional Experience, Assessments. Outcome: CILEX Trainee Lawyer.
CPQ Professional - Approx 12 months. Suitable for: CILEX Trainee Lawyer, LPC, BPTC or equivalent. Components: 1 optional module, Ethics & Professional Responsibility 1 and 2 (if not previously completed), Professional Experience, Assessments. Outcome: CILEX Lawyer.

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