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Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services at CILEx Law School Ltd

Course description

This apprenticeship delivers paralegal competence in one of five areas of legal practice: Civil Litigation, Employment Practice, Family Practice, Property or Private Client.

This apprenticeship can lead on to further training to become a Chartered Legal Executive at the end of the apprenticeship.

  • Level: 3
  • Duration: 24 - 30 months
  • Cost: None to the apprentice
  • Salary: Yes, at least apprenticeship national minimum wage
  • Qualification:
    CILEx Level 3 Certificate in the chosen legal practice area
    CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services
  • Entry requirements:
    5 GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent are essential, specifically Maths and English
    3 A Levels grade C or above
  • Progression upon successful completion:
    CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice (with exemptions)
    Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship or Solcitor Apprenticeship


Course content

After watching the video, why not read the articles written by our legal apprentices?



Entry requirements

  • Cs or above at A Level (for an Advanced Apprenticeship, Paralegal Apprenticeship or Solicitor Apprenticeship)
  • 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (for an Intermediate Apprenticeship)
  • You need to be UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least 3 years
  • You will need to be 16 by the time your start your apprenticeship


There are two aspects to an apprenticeship: employment experience and training.

You will be supervised at work by your day-to-day manager, and also receive support from a training manager within your organisation. They will be there to monitor your work and generally guide you during your apprenticeship.

Your academic training will be undertaken by CILEx Law School. We will also assess your progress in developing the workplace skills, or competences, to the standards required by the apprenticeship. You will receive regular visits from a CILEx Law School assessor at your place of work to assist you with your studies and to keep track of your progress.  Assessment is by way of a combination of examination and coursework

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What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

There are a whole range of benefits to doing an apprenticeship, including:

  • salary:
    this may not seem all that important now if your parents are supporting you, but getting a salary straight out of school can provide you with some level of financial freedom and independence. This could allow you to attain some of your goals: our apprentices say they were able to buy a car, plan a great holiday or set up a savings plan with a view to purchasing a house, for example
  • qualifications:
    all apprenticeships lead to the award of a qualification. The qualification will vary depending on the level of apprenticeship you are employed to follow, and ranges from a diploma in legal administration through to qualification as a solicitor.
    Find out about the apprenticeship programmes we offer
  • work experience:
    when employers are surveyed to find out what they look for in young recruits, one thing that always features is experience and business awareness. With an apprenticeship, you can get a head start on other candidates by having hands-on experience in the workplace
  • training:
    an apprenticeship combines both real world and further education experience. You will learn the ins-and-outs of how an organisation works on a day-to-day basis and also learn the theory behind the tasks you undertake
  • avoid debt:
    by doing an apprenticeship you can also avoid some of the burdens that come with uni, such as bank overdrafts or student debt, which can run into the tens of thousands of pounds. With uni tuition and living costs going up, and students facing years of repayments once they do start working, an apprenticeship is a good way of dodging a long term financial commitment.

Future opportunities

What happens when I complete my apprenticeship?

Our experience is that the majority of our legal apprentices are kept on by their employers at the end of their apprenticeship. Others gain employment in another part of the legal sector.

If you complete the Advanced or Paralegal appreticeship and are retained by your employer as a paralegal, you may be sponsored to study further to gain professional status as either a Chartered Legal Executive or solicitor.

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Apprenticeships versus university, which is best?

Comparing a legal apprenticeship with a law degree is not straightforward. There is value in both options. If you want to avoid debt, then being employed as an apprentice has its attractions. Typical debt levels of undergraduates are estimated at upwards of £40,000, which has to be repaid after you graduate. Often in the form of government loans, this debt will be paid off once the graduate is earning a salary over £21,000. 

The arguments in favour of university were more compelling when it was the exclusive route into a professional career. That situation is changing, with young people able to access a career in law as a Chartered Legal Executive or solicitor through the apprenticeship route (in fact, the Chartered Legal Executive route has been open to non-graduates for over 50 years).

There are non-monetary reasons for attending university: the social life and other activities that universities offer. But our apprentices tell us that their apprenticeship doesn’t prevent them from having a social life and their salary allows them to aspire to more (holidays, savings plan, car, etc.).

It is also worth noting that the options are not mutually-exclusive and you can go on to do a degree at uni after completing a lower level apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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