You're on a fast track to becoming a
You're on a fast track
to specialist lawyer
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.
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.
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.
CILEX training and qualifications are widely respected among leading law firms and employers across a variety of sectors
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.
Download the student prospectus for more information on the structure of the CPQ programme and your journey towards becoming a specialist lawyer.