The University of Law reveals new partnership with CILEX

updated on 09 May 2022

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The University of Law (ULaw) has announced a new and exclusive partnership with specialist professional legal qualifications provider the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), offering a four-year part-time online LLB in line with the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ).

The LLB (CILEX) will be taken by candidates who want to qualify as CILEX lawyers (ie, qualified lawyers who are authorised to practise unsupervised in a specialist area of law). The programme, designed to “help shape the future of the legal industry”, will require candidates to complete the first two stages of the CPQ – the foundation and advanced stage – before having the option to complete the professional stage by the time they graduate. Additional CILEX modules will also be completed alongside their studies, with opportunities to enhance their professional network with CILEX.

David Cameron, director of education at CILEX, said: “The demand for a new kind of lawyer is on the rise. The industry needs specialist lawyers, who are work-ready from day one with the skills to meet the changing needs of the modern legal market. We aim, in partnership with ULaw, to provide this specialist degree course to help shape the future of the legal industry and bring more specialist lawyers into the fold.”

The programme has been designed to develop candidates’ practical skills, including analysis, research, communication and problem solving, with employability integrated. As each stage is successfully completed, candidates will first be recognised as a CILEX paralegal, before becoming a CILEX advanced paralegal on completion of the additional CILEX modules and professional experience requirements.

Candidates must register as a CILEX member before they can be accepted onto the LLB.

As a CILEX member, candidates can enjoy several benefits such as access to the myCareer portal and a catalogue of learning materials, networking opportunities, and more!

Professor Joanna Ballard, pro-vice chancellor education at ULaw said they are “delighted to be partnering with CILEX”.

Joanna adds: “The work CILEX has done in widening access to legal education, training and the whole legal industry, is ground-breaking and we are delighted to be joining forces in developing new and more flexible routes into the profession.”