January 9, 2020

You walk into the exam room and your mind goes blank.  You sit in your seat and your feeling a knot in your stomach and sweaty palms.  This is classic exam anxiety.

It’s very normal to feel nervous before an exam, but some people find exam anxiety to be quite debilitating.  You may have racing thoughts, an inability to concentrate or feelings of dread that may combine with physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat, headache or nausea.  This can derail weeks and possibly months of hard work.

The cause of exam anxiety may be the result of a fear of failure, the lack of adequate preparation time or a bad experience taking an exam in the past.  Be...

November 27, 2019


The application of your knowledge to the specific essay question is very important.  Think of everything you know on the chosen exam topic but only utilise the parts that are relevant to the question you have chosen.  This often means leaving behind some well revised material and it can be difficult but your relevant, carefully applied answer will be all the better for it.

Understand exactly what is asked of you and do just that and nothing more.


In an exam you will not have time to cover all of the points and expand on all of the arguments that you may have included in an ess...

November 12, 2019

It doesn’t matter what mode of study you’ve opted for to complete your CILEx exams, a study buddy can only benefit you and here are 10 reasons why!

  1. As the saying goes ‘two heads are better than one’ and believe it or not having a study can actually make the learning process easier

  2. You can learn valuable study habits from other people and pick up on ‘good practice’

  3. You can listen and discuss problematic areas with your study buddy

  4. By sharing the information and concepts that you already have with a study buddy this in turn helps reinforce your learning

  5. You can compare notes to clarify information and fill in any gaps

  6. You migh...

September 6, 2019

DO THE READING.  Make sure you do any reading assigned for your particular course and don’t get behind.  It’s hard to catch up.  Do your reading when you are alert and not tired and pick a location where you won’t be distracted or tempted to do something else.

REVIEW BEFORE EACH CLASS.  Review any reading notes so a subject is fresh in your mind.  This will also help you to follow the class discussion and avoid the embarrassment of being unprepared.

GO TO CLASS.  If you fail to attend classes, you will miss the material that is discussed and also put yourself at a disadvantage when it comes round to tests and the final examination.


August 19, 2019

It’s Summer the time of sunshine (well occasionally) and holidays!  However, the new academic year is not that far away and you may have been thinking about embarking upon a CILEx course or the way forward for continuing with your studies.

We offer both Levels 3 and 6 of the CILEx professional qualification and have been doing for the last 13 years so without boasting we believe we are very experienced and very good at what we do.  So what can we offer you that is different from other providers?

  1. We are a small private provider so class numbers are also small allowing us to provide you with maximum support on your study journey whether you are startin...

July 27, 2019

Bethany is a trainee chartered legal executive working for AFG Law Bolton.  She began as a legal apprentice with AFG Law, transferring from another training provider to PVLT to finish off her Level 3 studies.  She has passed three Level 6 units, Family Law and Practice and Client Care and she is waiting for results in Public Law and Tort Law both of which she studied on a 1:2:1 basis along with Legal Research.  If successful, Beth will have completed the required number of units to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive once she has completed qualifying employment.  However, with the encouragement, support and continued funding from her employer, Beth...

June 2, 2019

The pre-seen case studies will be available online from the CILEx website at the end of this month so it seems a good time to address the issue of case study preparation for ‘practice area’ exams. We often get asked ‘how do I approach the case study’?  Obviously, a lot of information is subject specific which we can’t address here, but there are some general guidelines which apply to all papers at both levels.

  1. Read the papers multiple times.  There is no such thing as ‘too many’ here!

  2. Who are you acting for?  This is paramount and if you don’t get it right will change the nature of your answer completely.  In Civil Litigation is it the applican...

June 2, 2019

Looking after Yourself

To do yourself justice, you need to be mentally fresh and physically rested when you take the CILEx examinations.  Remember;

  1. Keep some time before the examinations for recreation.

  2. Do not fill all your time with last minute revision.  If you have followed  suggestions and prepared and kept to a revision timetable then manic last minute revision should not be necessary.  You will perform better in the examination if you have an alert mind.

  3. Avoid late nights before the day that you have an examination.  A tired person cannot perform as well as a person who is rested.  Your brain will just not be able...

June 2, 2019

People enquiring about the ‘CILEx’ route very often ask this question particularly as many educational establishments really only focus upon solicitors and barristers.  That said, not all lawyers are solicitors or barristers. Fully qualified and experienced Chartered Legal Executive lawyers are able to undertake many of the legal activities that solicitors do.

The role of a solicitor

Solicitors give advice and assistance on matters of law.  They are usually the first point of contact for people and bodies (this includes members of the public, companies and charities) seeking skilled legal advice and representation. Many solicitors work together in privat...

April 24, 2017

 1.Organise your study time and don’t leave it until the last minute. A timetable is vital and can be set out on paper or online. Have a look at www.getrevising.co.uk or www.examtime.com for some study/revision time timetables that might appeal to you.

2. Organise the area where you will be studying. It needs to be comfortable but at the same time you must be able to focus on the task in hand. Think about what works for you – silence or background music? Do you prefer your working area to be tidy or cluttered? One very important thing – remove distractions!

3. Organise to meet friends or class mates for a study session. Bounce ideas off ea...

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