Course details

Course level

Level 6

Course length

Usually five years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

80% is on-the-job learning. The remaining 20% is through 'blended learning' - a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Face-to-face sessions are usually delivered in blocks and we can be flexible, arranging them to fit around the workplace.

Course description

If you have already studied law and are working in a legal environment, this apprenticeship could be for you. As a Chartered Legal Executive, you will be qualified to provide legal services to clients and colleagues, such as reviewing documents; drafting and producing legal documents; conducting and applying legal research; and representing clients in informal and formal proceedings.

It's a level 6 apprenticeship (equivalent to an undergraduate degree) and you will gain a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx): the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice.

You will work towards gaining a series of knowledge, skills and behaviours, including:

See all expected knowledge, skills and behaviours

Structure, certificates and assessment

This apprenticeship runs over five years. You will be completing on-the-job learning and uploading evidence of this to an e-portfolio, at the same time as studying for the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice.

This academic study will make up 20% of the course and is delivered through 'blended learning' - a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Face-to-face sessions will be in blocks and online learning can include group webinars, independent activities or reading for half a day per week between the block study sessions.

Entry requirements

Employment requirements

You must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week and your employer must be prepared to cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Academic requirements

Employers will set their own selection criteria. However, typically you should have at least four GCSEs at grades C or above (including English Language or Literature) or equivalent qualifications.

You will also need to be a registered member of CILEx throughout this apprenticeship and CILEx has its own regulatory requirements that you will need to meet.


If you have passed the ‘paralegal’ CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services and the CILEx Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services, you are eligible for exemption from parts of this apprenticeship. If you hold a law degree, you may also be eligible for exemptions. 


Fees and funding

The cost will be paid for by the employer.

More details for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £12,000 but we will consider individual agreements, depending on student numbers and your involvement.

If you pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, this funding will be used. If you don't, generous government subsidies are available - talk to us to find out more.

How to apply

You will need to apply through your employer. However, you can find out more from us - please see below for contact information.

Contact us

Apprenticeships Hub +44 (0)800 001 5500