Due to the social distancing measures imposed by the government on 23/03/20, our offices are currently closed and we are unable to accept postal applications. We have reviewed our processes and all submissions and applications can now be made online. Please access the submissions news update for further details. Please also see our FAQ page, this includes information (in relation to qualifying employment), for people who may have been `furloughed’ under the new Jobs Retention Scheme.

Our standard submission process as outlined below, will be reinstated once social distancing measures have been lifted.

You make an application to become a Chartered Legal Executive by:

  • Completing a portfolio of evidence
  • Submitting an application form
  • Three years of qualifying employment (two years continuous employment just before you apply including at least one year in the Graduate grade of membership)
  • Meeting the character and suitability requirements
  • Paying the fee

You should not underestimate the time it takes to put your portfolio together. This is the way in which we assess that you are competent to be admitted as a qualified lawyer. Although you can complete the elements for admission as a Chartered Legal Executive in any order, we would suggest that you undertake the process in the following order:

1.Complete your academic qualifications

2.Have your employment assessed to be sure it is qualifying employment

3.Start your portfolio once you have become a Graduate member

4.Complete the application form

5. Submit your application with the fee


Once you have completed your academic stage of the process to become a Chartered Legal Executive, it’s a good time to have your qualifying employment assessed by us (if you haven’t already) so that you are sure that when you come to make your final application, you know you meet this part of the requirements.

Once you’ve had your qualifying employment assessed and you are a Graduate member, start thinking about putting your portfolio of evidence together. We have created a week-by-week guide to help you put the portfolio together, so that by the time you have served 12 months in the Graduate grade of membership your portfolio is ready to submit.

Then you will be ready to complete the application form. Once that’s done, you can submit your application for authorisation. There is a fee for the assessment of the portfolio, these are listed on the fees page.

Because Chartered Legal Executives are qualified lawyers, CILEx Regulation has an exemption from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which means when you apply, part of the character and suitability requirements will require you to declare spent convictions and we may ask for a standard DBS check. If you would like to find out more about this, please look here.

We hope you are satisfied by the decision you have received. However, if you are unhappy with the decision you can appeal. More information on the appeals process can be found here.