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Training to become a Lawyer - the different routes

Upon hearing the term ‘Lawyer’ people often presume something. That this is just another word for a Solicitor. But that is not the case.

A ‘Lawyer’ is an umbrella term for any licensed legal practitioner. This  includes Solicitors as well as Chartered Legal Executives.

Traditional routes to become a lawyer

Many will be aware that traditionally, a Lawyer would qualify as a Solicitor. So, they’d have to complete a Degree Course, Legal Practice Course, Professional Skills Course and obtaining a Training Contract.

However, other avenues are available to become a Lawyer. For example, you could qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx).

How to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive

You are able to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive by undertaking studies and degree equivalent qualifications.  Via this route, candidates work alongside studying for their practice area.

This means they can gain valuable ‘on the job’ experience whilst working towards their qualification.

Candidates also specialise in a particular area. As a result, they can become an expert in that field.

Marsden Rawsthorn’s Family stars

Lyndsey Kiley and Amanda Long are both Chartered Legal Executives who work for Marsden Rawsthorn. The pair work in the Family Department, providing the team with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Having both opted for the CILEx route to qualification, Lyndsey and Amanda have valuable knowledge, expertise and skill in Family Law. This enables them to provide clients with clear and sound advice from the outset of  a case.

Evolving pathways

The methods and pathways to becoming a Lawyer is evolving. In addition to the traditional Solicitor route or the popular CILEx route, there are now other methods to secure legal qualifications such as:-

  • Legal Apprenticeships – some firms are now providing a Legal Solicitor Apprenticeship for school leavers. This includes a six- year Solicitor programme, again providing for invaluable ‘on the job’ experience;
  • The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) – from September 2021. The SQE will be phased in and will become a new way to qualify as a Lawyer.

Article written by Chartered Legal Executive, Lyndsey Kiley

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