CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice, Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (Part-Time)

Course Overview

The Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice recognises the growing number of students who are either interested in a short but rounded introduction to legal practice, or have a specific learning requirement within an area of legal practice. This qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to gain an entry-level qualification, perhaps as a more practical alternative to A Level Law; those seeking a qualification to assist with getting a foot in the door of the legal profession, or if you are a paralegal or a legal administrator in a law firm and wish to develop and progress to a fee earning role. Alternatively you may be working outside the legal profession in organisations dealing with employment, contractual matters, debt recovery, mortgage lending, personal injury, insurance or children’s services and you want to improve your subject knowledge. The Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice is a broad based practical introduction to law and practice. Students can complete the Certificate en route to the Professional Diploma.

There are 10 units in total to complete the Diploma in Law and Practice. You study 5 of those units in Year One to gain the Certificate in Law and Practice

The mandatory subjects are:

  1. Introduction to Law and Practice: this explains the purpose of law, where it comes from and how it is implemented, alternatives to the courts and the effect of the European Union and Human Rights on our laws.
  2. Legal Research Skills: this unit concentrates on the skills needed to research and apply the law. It also requires an ability to communicate complex ideas in a professional and accurate manner.
  3. Client Care Skills: this unit concentrates on the skills associated with being a lawyer dealing with clients. You must consider and apply the practical, ethical and professional obligations, communicate technical information and be able to identify key issues within a meeting.

The skills units are based on coursework. Exams and coursework submissions takes place in January and June. You receive a certificate for each unit that you pass


  • Entry Requirements

    Applications can be made from learners who do not hold any formal qualifications; however, a skills assessment will need to be undertaken to determine suitability for the course.

  • Career Prospects

    The Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice completes the first academic stage of training with CILEx.

  • Assessment

    This qualification is set and assessed at A Level standard. Most units are subject to an examination.

    The Introduction to Law and Practice is assessed by a multiple choice exam

    Both Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills are assessed by course work

    The law units and linked practice units are assessed by written examination

    Exams and coursework submissions are in January and June.

Study Mode



Neath College - 01639 648000

Course Length

1 year


TBC (£40 registration fee) Please contact us for more information regarding fees.


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