Seven-year rule to be scrapped
16 December 2015
The rule that only allows exemption from CILEx qualifications for law degrees achieved in the last seven years is to be scrapped following approval from the Legal Services Board (LSB).
CILEx Regulation’s head of policy and governance Jill Durham said: “We believe in removing unnecessary regulatory requirements. The seven-year rule was arbitrary, and was inconsistent with our exemptions for other qualifications. By scrapping the rule we are making it easier for law graduates to become Chartered Legal Executives or CILEx Practitioners, whilst ensuring their knowledge and skills are up to date through their work-based learning portfolios.”
Work-based learning applications include at least three years’ qualifying employment, and demonstration of 27 learning outcomes required from day one of being a CILEx lawyer. These requirements include application of law and legal practice as part of the skills outcomes that must be proved; ensuring applicants have current knowledge, skills and experience in their specialist area of practice.