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Exemption from a part or parts of a CPEBack to version 21
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Regulation 7: Exemption from a part or parts of a CPE
You may apply to us for an exemption from any of the foundations of legal knowledge and the other area of legal study in a CPE if you have passed corresponding subjects within a degree programme, subject to the restrictions in regulation 7.4.
We may grant an exemption if we are satisfied that you have passed any assessments and examinations in any of the foundations of legal knowledge or other area of legal study approved by us as being substantially equivalent to the CPE areas/subjects from which you seek exemption.
If you are a Chartered Legal Executive or Graduate of CILEx, you can claim full or partial exemption from the CPE if you have passed corresponding papers in the level six membership examinations. Exemptions cannot be claimed if you have obtained exemption from CILEx membership examinations by:
If we are satisfied that you are entitled to be granted exemption from any of the foundations of legal knowledge or the one other area of legal study in a CPE, we may issue a Certificate of Exemption stating any foundation or foundations of legal knowledge and the one other area of legal study which you must pass in order to complete a CPE.
If you are taking only one or two CPE subjects as a result of an SRA exemption, you must begin your studies no later than 1 October of the year prior to the year in which you attempt the examinations and assessments.
Regulations 7.4 and 7.5 mean that you can either apply for exemptions from:
You can apply for a CPE exemption on this website.