Enrolments on the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’ (CILEx) Graduate Fast-track Diploma (GFTD) have risen by 47 per cent in a single year, according to statistics released by the organisation today.
The course is designed to be an alternative to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and allows students to become lawyers without securing a training contract or pupillage.
Instead, students must gain three years’ ‘qualifying work’. Legal activities such as advising, drafting and representing clients in negotiations would count as qualifying work, whereas administrative tasks such as photocopying would not.
GFTD students must have undertaken the Graduate Diploma in Law or a law degree to qualify for the course, must like those who want to enrol on the LPC or BPTC.