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Eligibility to attempt a CPE

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Regulation 6: Eligibility to attempt a CPE


To be eligible to attempt a CPE, you must:


hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) conferred by an institution in England and Wales empowered by the Privy Council to award degrees or by a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards before its dissolution on 31 March 1993 or a licence awarded by the University College of Buckingham before that college was granted university status;


hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) conferred by a university outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland which we consider to be of a standard at least equivalent to that of a degree conferred by a university in the UK;


be accepted by us as a mature student;


be a Chartered Legal Executive;


be a Graduate of CILEx who has at least three years' qualifying employment;


hold such qualification in Magisterial Law awarded after satisfactory completion of a relevant course as we recognise from time to time;


have attained such academic and vocational qualifications as we consider to be equivalent to a first degree under regulation 6.1(a); or


be directed to pass the CPE by us due to expiration of the certificate of completion of the academic stage under regulation 5.2.


In exceptional circumstances we may accept such other evidence of academic eligibility as we think fit if you have completed a course of study for a degree at an institution referred to in regulation 6.1(a) or (b) but have not graduated.