The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) has today announced the launch of new route to qualification as a paralegal or lawyer. 

The CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) will, it said, be a more affordable alternative to the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) – but without compromising on standards.

The CPQ is comprised of three levels – CILEX Paralegal (foundation level); CILEX Advanced Paralegal (for those handling cases at advanced paralegal level) and CILEX Lawyer for those wishing to qualify as a legal professional.

The course will combine academic study with practical experience and students will be able to progress through each of these stages, at their own pace.

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