Unlike other routes into a legal career there are no formal entry requirements to start on CPQ Foundation stage, it is open to all. CPQ is a substantially more affordable way for students to become lawyers than other routes into law – delivering on CILEX’s commitment to accessibility whilst not compromising standards. To qualify as a CILEX Lawyer will cost a maximum of £12,500 – less for those who already have some kind of legal qualification.
This will vary from trainee to trainee. Those with undergraduate or postgraduate legal qualifications will not have to start at the beginning and the flexibility of the qualification means it is possible to pause learning and progress at whatever speed suits an individual. Not everyone will want to study all three stages.
It is expected that each stage takes between 18 months and two years, so a student could qualify as a CILEX Lawyer in five to six years.
There’s a range of study options offered by CILEX Approved Training Providers, including Further Education colleges and specialist distance learning providers, with many providers offering blended learning and other flexible options including CILEX Law School which is wholly owned by CILEX. All CILEX Approved Training Providers must meet the approval standards and regulatory requirements to offer CPQ. Training providers fees vary, depending on the delivery of the course in a classroom or remote setting, on whether the course is delivered full or part time, on the learning platforms used and on the level of support given to students.
All CILEX members are independently regulated by CILEx Regulation and must adhere to a code of conduct. They are required to continue training throughout their careers in order to keep abreast of the latest developments in the law.
For all the latest information, visit www.cilex.org.uk/cilex_lawyer.
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