Education and Training
As well as promoting proper standards of professional and personal conduct, CILEx Regulation oversees the education, qualification and practice standards of Chartered Legal Executives, CILEx practitioners and others in our regulated community. We do this because education and training is key to the effective preparation of competent lawyers and legal practitioners.
Education and training is a tool available for managing risk and for supporting the delivery of the regulatory objectives set out in the Legal Services Act 2007. Quality assuring the standards and processes involved in the education and training of Chartered Legal Executives and others in the regulated community is a way of minimising the risk of less than fully competent practitioners in the legal sector.
Accounting to the Legal Services Board
The Legal Services Board (LSB) expects CILEx Regulation, along with the other regulators, to have in place regulatory arrangements for education and training that deliver, among other things, the following outcomes:
We commissioned, along with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, a comprehensive Legal Education and Training Review (LETR). CILEx Regulation has embraced the recommendations of this review. We have a working group that is carrying out developing work to meet the recommendations both of the report and the LSB.
- Education and training requirements that focus on what an individual must know, understand and be able to do at the point of qualification.
- A rigorous education and training framework that is nevertheless flexible enough to determine how to deliver training, education and experience that meets the outcomes required for each individual.
- Standards that find the right balance between what is required at the point of qualification and what can be maintained and enhanced through ongoing competency requirements.
Ethics and the law
A high standard of ethics and professionalism is one of the benchmarks of best practice of the law, and CILEx Regulation is fully committed to enhancing the ethical standards of those we regulate. We therefore integrate ethical and professional issues into our monitoring of ethics and the law.
Flexibility in routes to qualification
We are committed to a more diverse talent stream, with enhanced social mobility, entering the profession. The flexibility in our qualification scheme supports this objective.
As one expression of this commitment, we are supportive of CILEx’s strong involvement in the new Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law scheme. This is a Government-funded, employer-led apprenticeship scheme in which apprentices undertake a combination of classroom and work-based learning while employed by an entity that has invested in the scheme.
N.B. The existing Apprenticeships in Legal Services, accredited by CILEx, will continue in their current form alongside the new legal Trailblazer schemes until all apprenticeships transition to Trailblazer formats in 2017.
Overseeing the work of CILEx
The Protocols set out the working relationships between the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and CILEx Regulation. In accordance with the protocol on Education Standards and Fitness to Practise, CILEx Regulation is responsible for quality assuring the arrangements adopted by CILEx and the standards set relating to:
Our aim is to ensure that standards are fit for purpose and capable of securing the threshold competence expected.
- Qualifications and experience.
- Study and training for CILEx qualifications.
- Assessment of candidates.
CILEx supplies to CILEx Regulation an annual evaluative report that enables us to review CILEx’s work and performance, both strategically and operationally, to meet our objectives.