The Council has been in existence for over 40 years and trains legal practitioners in the Commonwealth Caribbean in fulfilment of its Mission Statement:
" To facilitate the development of competent legal practitioners for the region who, appreciating their responsibility as members of an honourable profession and recognising the needs of their socio-economic environment, are inspired in the pursuit of excellence, the maintenance of high ethical standards, the promotion of social justice and the strengthening of the rule of law."
Pursuant to Article 1 (a) of the Agreement Establishing the Council of Legal Education, the Council is made up of the following members:
- the Attorneys General of member Governments
- the Judiciary (the Chief Justices of member Governments)
- the practicing legal profession (chosen by the relevant professional associations)
- the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies
- the Principals of the Council's three Law Schools.