CILEx Professional Qualification – Advanced Stage

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Course Information


The CPQ is a new, competence-based qualification framework, that reflects the changing requirements of a rapidly evolving legal and business landscape. Developed in consultation with employers and other stakeholders, CPQ combines a focus on technical expertise and practical skills with developing the core behaviours required to drive forward thinking, commercially minded, adaptable lawyers who really understand the clients they serve.

In addition, the CPQ develops commercial understanding, allowing CILEx Lawyers to offer organisations much more than just authorised practitioner status. The CPQ develops commercial understanding, allowing CILEx Lawyers to offer organisations much more than just authorised practitioner status.

The CPQ ensures the appropriate progression and teaching of:

  • How legal technology presents an opportunity to improve processes for customers and organisations
  • How to evaluate and manage risk
  • How to communicate effectively, with different stakeholders and in different settings
  • Approaches to managing conflict, building relationships and working across boundaries
  • The importance of exploring developments in the sector, responding to change and seeking continuous improvement

The CPQ is a single qualification made up of three elements:

  • Assessment of legal knowledge and skills
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility eLearning modules
  • Professional Experience


Aimed at preparing an employee to be a competent Senior Paralegal/Fee Earner,
the Advanced Stage will allow those taking this stage to demonstrate technical
knowledge and the practical application of law relating to key practice areas.
The stage enhances skills, including business awareness and how to behave in
accordance with professional and regulatory standards.

On completion of the Advanced Stage of the CPQ, a trainee will be awarded
CILEx stage 2 membership.

The Advanced Stage has four mandatory modules which must be completed. Those
taking the stage will also be required to select at least one optional module.
Careful consideration should be given to ensure that the module which would pair
with the intended Professional Stage module choice and reflecting the intended
area of legal practice, is selected.

The programme will be taught in the dedicated HE building, University Centre.
All of the classrooms for the course are within this building, all classrooms
are equipped with smart TVs and computers for presentations and lectures. Within
the building there is a dedicated HE library, a study zone for quiet independent
work, tutorial rooms that can be booked for group work or private study, a
social zone and deli.

Additional costs

Fees payable direct to CILEx by student:

  • CILEx membership fee

  • Plus fixed Foundation Stage costs of £1,450: Includes 5 exam entries;
    ethics & professional responsibility 2 e-learning module; professional
    experience portfolio; learning materials

Course units/modules

Modules may include:

Mandatory Units:

Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2- eLearning module

A1 Dispute Resolution

A2 Criminal Law and Practice

A3 Property and Conveyancing

A4 Succeeding in a Legal Environment

A5 Legal Research Skills

Optional Units*:

A6 Wills, Probate and Private Client

A7 Family Law and Practice

A8 Business and Employment Law

*Optional units being run will depend on the demand of the applicants. The provider cannot guarantee all three options will be available each academic year.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of CILEx Professional Qualification (CPQ) - Foundation Stage.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

After completing this course you will achieve the title of CILEx Advanced Paralegal. Completion of this stage provides the qualification required to complete the CPQ Professional Stage which upon completion gives you the title of CILEx Lawyer.

Assessment types

Each law module has one online assessment and the Skills module has two assessments: Succeeding in a Legal Environment and Legal Research.

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 23/09/2024
Study Type: Part time
Course Code: 77382-01

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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