Legal executives specialise in one area of law and carry out similar tasks to solicitors.
There will be
5% more Legal executive jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You’ll specialise in a branch of law, like:
Depending on your specialism, your work might include:
To qualify as a chartered legal executive lawyer, you’ll need to register as a member with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) to start your training.
If you have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, you can take the following to qualify :
You’ll also then do a 3-year period of qualifying employment. This means you’ll carry out legal work under the supervision of a solicitor, senior chartered legal executive, barrister or licensed conveyancer. You could do this in a legal practice, a legal department of a private company or in a government department.
You can then apply to become a Fellow of CILEx.
A lot of people work in the legal environment and study for the CILEx professional qualifications part-time. Even if you’re not working in law, if you meet the entry requirements, you could study for the CILEx qualifications full-time, part-time or by distance learning. You’ll still need to get some work experience to give you a chance of finding a job once you’ve qualified.
If you have a degree in law or a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) you could do:
Another option after GCSEs is to take an intermediate apprenticeship, usually lasting 12 months. You could follow this with either A levels or a paralegal advanced apprenticeship, taking 2 years. Once you're qualified as a paralegal, you could take a five-year degree level apprenticeship to become a chartered legal executive.
CILEx careers site has more information on becoming a legal executive.
Starter salary: £15,000 to £28,000
Experienced salary: £35,000 to £55,000
These figures are a guide.
In many full-time jobs you’ll work standard office hours Monday to Friday. Flexible hours and part-time work are often possible.
You’ll be based in an office, but may also spend some of your time at courts and police stations.
With experience, you could take on more complex cases and build up a large client base. You could also progress to leading a team of legal executives and secretaries, or become a practice manager in a law firm.
With further study, you could qualify as a solicitor.
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