Become a Fellow

Become a Fellow

CILEx Regulation awards Chartered Legal Executive status to CILEx members. 

You can apply to become a Chartered Legal Executive, also known as a Fellow, if you meet the academic skills and experience requirements. We assess your practical skills and experience before awarding Fellowship. 

Qualification criteria 

To become a Fellow you must have: 

  • Completed the academic stage of training.
  • Been in qualifying employment for at least 3 years, of which at least one must be in the Graduate membership grade of CILEx.
  • Met the work-based learning outcomes. 

To satisfy the academic stage of training you are required to pass 10 units of the CILEx Level 3 Certificate & Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (A level standard) and 6 units of the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice (honours degree standard).

Alternatively, CILEx offers the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice), which is for law and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) graduates who want to qualify as lawyers without undertaking the more traditional and costlier Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) routes.

CILEx also recognises legal qualifications which have been achieved through routes outside of CILEx, provided they meet CILEx’s exemptions criteria. This enables progression to CILEx qualifications.

Qualifying employment

You must have completed at least 3 years’ qualifying employment of which: 

  • 1 year must be served as a Graduate member of CILEx. 
  • The 2 years immediately before you apply for Fellowship must be served consecutively. 

Our rules provide for a break in the 2 years’ continuous employment of up to 12 months. A break for up to 12 months will not count as part of the 2-year period but will not break the continuity of employment. 

More information about qualifying employment is available. 

Work-based learning

During the last 2 years of your qualifying employment you must meet work-based learning outcomes. 

You complete a logbook sheet and provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met 27 different learning outcomes. Find out more information about Work-based Learning

Day One Outcomes

The Day One Outcomes function as a competence framework for CILEx Fellows. They set out the knowledge, experience and skills which you must demonstrate before you can be admitted as a Chartered Legal Executive. The title refers to the fact that already on the first day of employment as a Chartered Legal Executive you will be able to meet all of these outcomes in your work.

The CILEx examinations, qualifying employment and work-based learning that you undertake will enable you to satisfy the requirements of the Day One Outcomes.

All Fellowship applications must now be made under the Work-based Learning process.