CILEx Level 3 is the only Legal Secretarial training course in the UK that is fully accredited by the national QCF and City & Guilds. CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) was founded in 1892 and has been the legal industries standard for the training of support staff.

Details of the accreditation are below.

  • QCA accreditation number: 500/6682/1
  • Guided learning hours: 290
  • Total QCF credit value: 32



To ensure that the students gains the necessary live tuition, with a legal professional, and CILEx learning material in order to pass all related CILEx assessments. The practical and intense nature of the CILEx qualification will develop the students confidence and job readiness for a Legal Secretarial job.

Course Format
The course is designed to have a mixture of live tuition with a legal professional and to also complete practical exercises that are work simulated on flexi-time basis. Tutor support is available at all times during your study and all practical exercises are marked and fed back by the tutor

Course content

            Legal Word Processing:         

Outcome 1 – the ability to use a word processer’s software features to produce business and complex legal documents

Outcome 2 – audio transcription of business and legal documents from digital audio


          Business Skills in the Legal Environment

Outcome 1  – Understand the structure of the legal system and the legislation affecting the individual in a legal office

Outcome 2 – Understand the use of different information and communication equipment and systems in a legal office

Outcome 3 – Understand the importance of continuous improvement within a legal office

Outcome 4 – Understand the importance of effective team working within a legal office

Outcome 5 – Plan or co-ordinate an event


            Proof-reading in the Legal Environment

Outcome 1 – The ability to proof-read legal and business documents


Dates and Duration
Most people take four to six months part-time or two to three months full time, you can expect this to vary according to the time you have available to commit to studying CILEx.

Start dates are flexible and an introductory course date can be set with your tutor during every month.

Suitable for
People looking to move into Legal Secretarial work, who have previously been in administration or secretarial work. If you do not have this background, you may find the Legal PA Diploma more suitable as this incorporates the CILEx qualification and the Secretary PA Diploma, which will provide the wider range of training required to develop all the skills required by a Legal Secretary.

It is also suitable for people working in the Legal industry that are seeking a reputable qualification to build their careers.

Course Requirements
Work and education backgrounds can vary, but you will need to have a good standard level of secondary education, at least, to complete CILEx. If you are in doubt please contact us at

The CILEX qualification is an industry standard in the legal profession and many firms will only accept CILEx students into Legal Secretarial roles. Therefore, students can anticipate that successful completion will lead to far greater employability from their prestigious qualification.


Certification by CILEx and City & Guilds.