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Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration at CILEx Law School

Course description

The Intermediate apprenticeship is ideal for school leavers who wish to get into the legal environment straight from school and start learning about the world of work. It is particularly appropriate for school leavers who show potential to prosper in a legal environment, but do not want to incur the cost of going to university. It is also suitable for legal clerks and administrators already employed in law firms.

The Intermediate apprenticeship offers learners an introduction to the English Legal System and instruction on how to administer legal case files. Learners will also be shown how to work in a business environment and how to develop their communication skills.


Course content

There are three components to the Intermediate apprenticeship:

• Knowledge - the Legal Administration apprenticeship includes a module on the English Legal System

• Competence - apprentices have to demonstrate the practical skills required for their job and that these skills are being consistently applied. These include carrying out typical administrative tasks

• Functional skills - apprentices must demonstrate the standard of English, maths and ICT skills required for their job. Exemptions are available for this component, based on GCSE passes at Grade C or above obtained within the last five years, and equivalent qualifications. Most legal employers will recruit apprentices who already have these skills.

Entry requirements

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this apprenticeship; however entry requirements can vary by employer. Employers are looking to attract applicants who have a keen interest in business and/or a particular interest in a legal career. They expect applicants to demonstrate a can do attitude and have at least basic numeracy and literacy skills on which the apprenticeship will build.

Entrants will come from a diverse range of backgrounds and will come with a range of experience, age, personal achievements and, in some cases, prior qualifications which may count towards the achievement of an apprenticeship programme


Assessment is through study exercises, online testing and assessment in the workplace. To teach the competence element an assessor visits the workplace regularly to set work and monitor progress. The technical knowledge is delivered through a prescribed programme of study through CILEx Law School.

Financial information

Those enrolling before their 19th birthday should be eligible to have the full cost of the training covered by government funds; for those aged 19-24 the rate is 50%. Apprentices aged 24 or over may be eligible to take out an Advanced Learning Loan. This works in the same way as a student loan, with repayments only starting when earnings exceed £21,000 a year.

Future opportunities

Progression is available through the various levels of apprenticeship or from each apprenticeship on to the CILEx professional qualification. Legal Administrators who would like to train as paralegals can progress to a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services (A level standard). A Higher Apprenticeship (set at first year degree level) is also available

Further information

If you are interested in a legal apprenticeship please contact Sheena Edwards on 01234 844316 or email .

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact CILEx Law School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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