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CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

Law Training Centre

Entry requirements

Entry to the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice is open to all learners and there are no formal entry requirements.

However, as it is a Level 3 qualification, it is recommended that learners who enrol on the CILEx Level 3 Diploma have a minimum of 4 GCSEs (including English Language or Literature) or equivalent.

If you would like to discuss whether you can study this course, please contact us.

Months of entry


Course content

Important Information

As part of the introduction of the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ), Learners wishing to complete a Level 3 qualification must have registered as a CILEx Student Member by 31 May 2021.


Boost your legal career to the next level. Choose from 19 specialised units and build your qualification over 10 units. Learners can use this course to eventually become qualified lawyers through the CILEx route. While this route is aimed for lawyers, paralegals can stop at Level 3 and claim membership with CILEx as an Associate Member. There are several streams learners can focus on if they have a specific legal area, they want to specialise in. This course leads to the Level 6 CILEx qualification.

Career Prospects

Learners who complete their CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice can register for Associate Membership with CILEx (ACILEx).

With a CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, a learner could become a Qualified Paralegal, Fee Earner or Case Worker

Course progression includes studying the CILEx Level 6 Higher Professional in Law and Practice, which leads on to a learner becoming a Qualified Lawyer through the CILEx route.

Exemptions and recognition of prior learning

There are exemptions available for learners who have completed subjects such as an A-Level in law. For more information on this, visit the CILEx Exemptions page here.

When to enrol

You may enrol on your studies any time throughout the year. If you would like to enrol, please visit our course page here and download our enrolment form.

Course Content

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice consists of 10 units in total.

Mandatory units

Unit 1: Introduction to Law and Practice

Unit 2: Contract Law

Unit 3: Criminal Law

Unit 4: Land Law

Unit 5: Law of Tort

Unit 16: Client Care Skills

Unit 17: Legal Research Skills

Elective units

A learner must also choose two Practice Units and one other Linked Law unit OR three Practice Units. You may find a full list of units here.

Course Assessment

Each unit completes with an assessment. For Law and Practice units, this takes the form of an end of unit exam hosted by CILEx in June and January. For the Skills units, the assessment is coursework based.

Course Length

On average, a learner is expected to spend two years completing the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Key Facts

The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice course fees includes:

  • Extensive revision materials
  • Extensive bank of study resources
  • Unlimited tutor support
  • Access to Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • Tutor-led revision sessions for Practice subjects and Law subjects
  • Interest free instalment payment options
  • NUS card available for purchase

Fees and funding

UK students

Course fees – £1,950.00

Interest-free instalment options are available.

Additional Exam and Membership fees are payable to CILEx.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Diploma
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Law Training Centre
0330 088 8495