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.

Take your first steps

What you need to do to make an application to become a Chartered Legal Executive:

  • Complete a portfolio of evidence
  • Submit an application form
  • Demonstrate three years of qualifying employment (two years continuous employment just before you apply, including at least one year in the Graduate grade of membership)
  • Meet the character and suitability requirements
  • Pay related fees

Be sure to allow adequate time to put your portfolio together.  Your portfolio is the main way that we assess that you are fully competent to be admitted as a qualified lawyer. It is possible for you to complete the elements for admission as a Chartered Legal Executive in any order, however 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, you can then 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.
  • You will then 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.

For more detailed guidance please watch the webinar guide.

Final decision

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