The ILFM Examinations

Examinations are held twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, normally in London, Manchester & Cardiff. 

As this may not be convenient for everyone, it should be noted that it is also possible to arrange to sit the examination at a local college/school (or other suitable venue), contact the ILFM office for further details.

To register for the next exam - please use the links below to the relevant event pages, please contact the office if you have any problems making your booking or if you are unsure whether the fee applies.  

ALL students, whatever package you are on, need to register for the exam before the closing date.  You also need to be a fully paid member in order to sit the exam. 

Next Examination date:  11th November 2019 in London, Manchester & Cardiff 

  • ILFM Diploma Paper One: Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals Exam £90
  • ILFM Diploma Paper Two:  Legal Professionals and Accounts Rules Exam £90 
  • ILFM Associate Exams: £90 per paper

The exam fee will apply to re-sits and those on the old bronze package, otherwise it is included in the original fee paid.

Note: Applications for the exam must be received at the ILFM office by: 11th October 2019 - applications received after this date will not be accepted. 

Please note that the last exam sitting for the Associate Legal Practice Management certificate in the old format will be Nov 2019

The last date to sit the original Diploma Legal Professionals & the Accounts Rules course will be May 2020. This does not apply to the new D2 course (Legal Finance Compliance & Accounts Rules).

11th November exam 

  • Diploma 1 - Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals - click HERE to book this exam 
  • Diploma 2 - LPAR - click HERE to book this exam
  • Associate Accounting, Associate Financial Management and Associate Legal Practice Management - click HERE to book any of the Associate London exams
  • Diploma 1 - Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals - click HERE to book this exam
  • Diploma 2 - LPAR - click HERE to book this exam
  • Associate Accounting, Associate Financial Management and Associate Legal Practice Management -  click HERE to book any of the Associate Manchester exams 
  • All papers - to book any of the exams at the Cardiff venue click HERE
  • Candidates must arrange local venues themselves, the local venue guidelines are attached at the bottom of this page.  Please contact for further information.

All candidates (All Inclusive, Gold, Silver and Barry Hilton Scholarship etc) must still register for the exam.  All registered candidates will receive confirmation of their registration after the cut off date along with their candidate number.

Any requests for additional examination facilities or arrangements for reasons of a disability will be considered, you should apply in writing to ASAP and by 11 October 2019 at the latest.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis, your application should include details of the disability, your requirements and supporting medical evidence. Applications should be made in addition to the exam enrolment booking and should be sent no later than the enrolment deadline for the exam sitting you wish to apply for. The ILFM will make every endeavour to accommodate your needs.

Unlike many organisations, admission to the higher grades of membership is by ILFM Qualification only. To this end, the ILFM has its own structured examination scheme. Because of the varied ages and backgrounds of those joining the ILFM, there are no formal requirements for embarking on the following examination route:

The Diploma, Paper One - Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals & Paper Two - Legal Professionals and Accounts Rules - These are 3-hour examinations and are intended to test the immediate working knowledge of the office environment.

The Associate, (three mandatory parts) For Diploma Members only - This is designed to test career students on a deeper understanding of the many legal and accounting topics they will meet in working life.  Each Associate certificate is a 3-hour examination.

The Fellowship, (by thesis and presentation) - This is the ILFM's highest qualification.  Further information can be found by selecting the Fellowship link from links listed on the left of this page.

ILFM Examination passes are graded as:
Pass 50%+
Merit 75%+
Distinction 90%+

To ensure standards are always the highest, the ILFM Examination Board includes an external examiner from the College of Law.

The Fellowship is graded as a pass with 50%+, a merit with 65%+ and a distinction is 80%+.

Future exam dates:
11th Nov 2019
11th May 2020
9th Nov 2020