Law courses for adults - a qualification in law can lead to a highly successful career in the legal sector.

As a Weston College student you will be taught by highly trained lecturers who have experience within the industry, including several with experience as examiners. Our lessons were recently rated as outstanding by Ofsted. 

Weston College is an accredited provider of CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executive) qualifications.  These qualifications are an opportunity to become a qualified chartered legal executive, an authorised person under the Legal Services Act 2007 able to undertake almost all the activities of other types of qualified lawyer, such as solicitors. Chartered legal executives can then become partners of law firms, become advocates, qualify also as solicitors and even become judges.

We offer study units to comprise the CILEx Level 3 Certificate and Diploma Qualifications and the CILEx Level 6 Higher Diploma.  We also offer the CILEx Level 6 Graduate Fast Track Diploma for those who have achieved a degree in law and now wish to become a chartered legal executive.

In 2020 Weston College's CILEx students exceed national averages in all CILEx units without exception for a third consecutive exam window. All apprentices passed all assessments and CILEx students had 100% pass rates in most units.

It's easy to apply... Now is the perfect time to apply in order to secure your place on the course/CILEx unit you are interested in. Applying for any of our law courses is easier than you think – you can apply online in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in below and clicking ‘apply now’. You will then be invited to an informal interview at the College to discuss the course and the options available. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

For more information, contact Max Weedon on 01934 411 189 or email max.weedon@weston.ac.uk


Why choose us?

Blended learning. We are providing the option to study CILEx online as well as in-college. We have more than 170 professional video lectures and supporting resources available, covering every mandatory subject and many optional units by our Virtual Learning Environment for Professional courses

Official accreditation. Our CILEx courses offer qualifications highly sought after by employers.

Excellent facilities. The new Winter Gardens Law and Professional Services Academy provides excellent training rooms and other facilities for professional courses. A library is available in the day and evenings, and includes the latest textbooks and materials for CILEx courses.

Course content. The Cilex courses are designed to teach you the skills and knowledge required to pursue your career or further your education.

Reputation. Our adult course provision puts us in the top 25% of colleges in the country.

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Career opportunities

The South West’s legal sector is highly competitive and is becoming increasingly popular with clients.

Top law firms are increasingly able to offer London-level expertise at lower level regional prices.

Well known legal companies in the region include; DAC Beachcroft, Foot Anstey, Osborne Clarke, Burges Salmon and Irwin Mitchell.

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Paralegal - £12,000 to £20,000
  • Solicitor - £16,650 to £70,000
  • Legal secretary - £14,000 to £30,000

Local facts

  • The legal services sector is worth over £20bn each year to the UK economy

  • The majority of law jobs in the UK are through public sector organisations like the Crown Prosecution Service or the Government Legal Service.


James Dunster

Clarke Willmott Solicitors – Level 6 Graduate Fast Track

"My experience in studying for CILEx Level 6 qualifications at Weston College has been excellent. My tutor in particular was extremely knowledgeable on the CILEx qualifications and was invaluable during preparation for exams. He puts in a huge amount of effort and I think I speak for all of my cohort in saying that we were extremely fortunate to have him involved in our education."



Emily House

Acorn Solicitors – Level 3 Paralegal Apprentice

"Having already been to 2 other colleges I can honestly say that Weston College is one of the best colleges in Somerset if not the South West.
I am currently coming towards the end of my level 3 paralegal apprenticeship and everyone who has taught me teaches with passion and has a brilliant understanding about their subject area."



Daniel Lewis

Berry Redmond Gordon and Penney LLP – Level 3 Diploma

"During my time at Weston College my lecturers helped me develop my skills, widen my knowledge and gain confidence in myself.
They went the extra mile to provide support where required."


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