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I am making some enquiries into people's knowledge of the  Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). 

Has anyone any experience if the training or any experience of how they work? 

Considering completing some distance learning with them and would be interested to hear if anyone else has done so. 

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I did 12 months of the Fellowship when I was an Inspector with a regulator. The course is three year part-time and pretty intense. It is at the same level (Level 5) as a law degree. The first two years are generic, contract, criminal law of tort etc, and you specialise in the third year. Once qualified you can apply to become a fellow of the Institute. As for work, FILEX can work in any solicitors and many do court work and advocacy. Many caseworkers and CPS prosecutors are FILEX. In fact in the last couple of years the judiciary has been opened up to FILEX and although I don't think any circuit judges have yet been appointed a couple of district judges have. I think you can also do a transition course and go either solicitor or barrister route. Hope this helps Funky.

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Forgot to mention, most legal officers in LAs, government departments and regulators are FILEX and not solicitors. So there are plenty of job opportunities.

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3 minutes ago, Cathedral Bobby said:

I did 12 months of the Fellowship when I was an Inspector with a regulator. The course is three year part-time and pretty intense. It is at the same level (Level 5) as a law degree. The first two years are generic, contract, criminal law of tort etc, and you specialise in the third year. Once qualified you can apply to become a fellow of the Institute. As for work, FILEX can work in any solicitors and many do court work and advocacy. Many caseworkers and CPS prosecutors are FILEX. In fact in the last couple of years the judiciary has been opened up to FILEX and although I don't think any circuit judges have yet been appointed a couple of district judges have. I think you can also do a transition course and go either solicitor or barrister route. Hope this helps Funky.

Thanks, given that I can get a substantial amount funded, I am considering it as some further education instead of a degree. I haven't heard from anyone first hand who has completed it and the prospects upon graduation.  

I do wonder if the time and effort is better put into a degree, maybe  counter fraud or security risk management 

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It is an expensive course and takes a full day and an evening a week. Also the exams are tough. I only left the course, which I thoroughly enjoyed because I was promoted and lost the flexibility I had as an inspector. Daftly enough I was promoted to regional regulatory enforcement manager with responsibility for all enforcement decisions. I worked with the regional FILEX legal officers we had and given it was a new Commission with masses of new major pieces of legislation they got their head round it pretty quickly. In fact when I transferred to Ofsted I took forward the first ever prosecution under the Care Standards Act.

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I will have quite a bit of spare time at the end of the year so I plan on putting major hours in then and breaking the back of it, if i go ahead. I am really undecided 

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1 minute ago, Funkywingnut said:

I will have quite a bit of spare time at the end of the year so I plan on putting major hours in then and breaking the back of it, if i go ahead. I am really undecided 

Is it the Fellowship level you're thinking of doing? It is as tough as any law degree. You could end up as an advocate or even a judge in a courts martial. You could go from nicking them, to prosecuting them, to sentencing them all within 10 years. Three years to qualify, plus seven years practice allows to to apply for judicial appointment. Court rise for His Honour Judge Funkywingnut. Has a ring to it me thinks :D

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27 minutes ago, Cathedral Bobby said:

Is it the Fellowship level you're thinking of doing? It is as tough as any law degree. You could end up as an advocate or even a judge in a courts martial. You could go from nicking them, to prosecuting them, to sentencing them all within 10 years. Three years to qualify, plus seven years practice allows to to apply for judicial appointment. Court rise for His Honour Judge Funkywingnut. Has a ring to it me thinks :D

Yes that is what I was looking at, I think the qualifying employment may be problematic but there will be a way around it I think at no cost. 

I know a few colleagues who have become solicitors or Police Station Reps, but the cost of a traditional law degree is astronomical and impractical for someone who works full time. 

I can quite easily ramble incoherent nonsense so I reckon I'm halfway there. :)

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The good news is CILEX as an organisation is well respected, their qualifications are well regarded and there are far more openings to FILEX than there once were. I think it is a good option and although expensive it is far cheaper than a degree. Good look Funky with your deliberations. I love the law, except tort. My new kick is ecclesiastical law. Amazing what you don't know and who can do what. All good stuff.

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Tort law you stand no chance mate. Criminal but I suspect you won't need any help. Family law is interesting and I have a good grounding in that. I did mine at the local college but if you do distance it is an idea to have people who have experience in the different fields to chat and engage with. Some of it, tort in my case, was like watching paint dry as I had the interest of a dead slug, but other stuff was really interesting. You will already know lawyers love Latin. CILEX has a good library and on line resources. The books are expensive, as most law books are, so might be worth joining a local university library or e-book library. You may also get some support from the Advocate Generals Dept within your service. I am sure they will have FILEX advocates who will be good links and possible mentors.

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18 hours ago, Cathedral Bobby said:

Tort law you stand no chance mate. Criminal but I suspect you won't need any help. Family law is interesting and I have a good grounding in that. I did mine at the local college but if you do distance it is an idea to have people who have experience in the different fields to chat and engage with. Some of it, tort in my case, was like watching paint dry as I had the interest of a dead slug, but other stuff was really interesting. You will already know lawyers love Latin. CILEX has a good library and on line resources. The books are expensive, as most law books are, so might be worth joining a local university library or e-book library. You may also get some support from the Advocate Generals Dept within your service. I am sure they will have FILEX advocates who will be good links and possible mentors.

We have daily contact with legal and have a really good relationship, so it shouldn't be that hard to get some help and advice. 

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1 minute ago, Funkywingnut said:

We have daily contact with legal and have a really good relationship, so it shouldn't be that hard to get some help and advice. 

I wish you every success Funky. Keep me updated.

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10 minutes ago, Cathedral Bobby said:

I wish you every success Funky. Keep me updated.

Will do, it has to have some employability in the future for me to consider it. 

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