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Certificate in Legal Studies

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
LW014A
Application Code
1845-3197AW
1850-1133AW

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
01 Sep 2020 (Tue)
Next intake(s)
20 Oct 2020 (Tue)
Duration
9-13 months
Language
English
Course Fee
Professional Stream: HK$36,000 per year
General Stream: HK$24,400 per year
Exam Fee: $800 per sitting
(Please note: All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable)

Are you thinking about changing careers or getting ahead? Law is a powerful and proven way to get ahead in your career.

The Certificate in Legal Studies is one of the best-recognized local law programs. With high exam pass rates, flexible exam schedule, a convenient course structure specially catering for students with busy jobs. More than 12,000 students have enrolled in Certificate in Legal Studies (CLS).

The Certificate in Legal Studies is the proven and effective way to start your legal studies. Former students are now employed as legal professionals, working for law firms, public service, and large organisations.

As our student, you will receive comprehensive introductory textbooks on important law topics (such as how to form a company in Hong Kong, liability in contracts, and the power of courts under the Basic law).

Click here to download a free sample of one of the comprehensive course textbooks  

And all students also receive a complimentary University of Hong Kong library reader’s card giving you privileged access to the University of Hong Kong's extensive network of libraries (including the law library, main library).

Provisional Timetable

General Stream 

Professional Stream

 

Enrollment

A limited number of places are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and enrollment will close for each intake as soon as it is full. Every year, we have to turn away disappointed students who apply too late. If you want to avoid this we strongly recommended applying as soon as possible.

Certificate in Legal Studies - General Stream

Application Code

1850-1133AW

Start Date

October 20, 2020 (Tue)

Apply Online

Certificate in Legal Studies - Professional Stream (Main Intake)

Application Code

1845-3197AW

Start Date

September 1, 2020 (Tue)

Apply Online

 

Enroll online today or in person by taking this application form to any HKU SPACE learning centre. We will be more than happy to help you. If you have any questions on which form to use or how to fill it out please contact us at  helen.wu@hkuspace.hku.hk or call us on 2520 4665.

Duration
  • As far as 9 months, depending the intake you choose.
Venue
  • Admiralty Learning Centre
    (Classes on Professional Stream)
  • United Learning Centre
    (Classes on Professional Stream)
  • HKU SPACE Headquarters
    (Classes on General Stream)
  • Please note, classes are expected to be held at these venues. The health and safety of our students is our top priority, if the situation in Hong Kong requires. HKU SPACE reserves the right to move some classes to other locations, including online teaching platforms.

5 important legal subjects in the Certificate in Legal Studies, introducing you to core areas of law advantageous to your life and professional career:

  1. Hong Kong Legal System and Method (Fundamentals of the Hong Kong legal system)
  2. Civil Procedure (The rules and procedures for court cases)
  3. Law of Obligations (Contract and Torts Law)
  4. Business Associations (Company and Partnership Law)
  5. Hong Kong Basic Law (Constitutional Law)

The Certificate in Legal Studies is far more flexible than most other courses for sitting your exams. You may choose from different exam sessions,  held in the middle and last quarter of the year.*

*It is up to you when you choose to sit your exams, depending on which of these exam sessions is most convenient for you. To provide this flexibility, we charge a separate examination fee which includes up to five exams during the same session.

All classes are normally held from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm on weekday evenings and/or from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm on Saturday afternoons.

To help students with busy work/family lives, classes are normally limited to a maximum of two classes per week

The only compulsory written work on the Certificate in Legal Studies is a written assignment per subject of up to 2,000 words. You will usually be given these assignments (which constitute 25% of the final mark) several months before the submission deadline, and there will be further guidance and extra classes to assist you in completing assessments.

This is an open entry course suitable for all students at all educational levels.

 All students must attend 70% of all scheduled classes, but this 70% attendance requirement is measured across the whole year, and does not apply to each individual module.

Course Fee
  • Professional Stream: HK$36,000 per year
    General Stream: HK$24,400 per year
    Exam Fee: $800 per sitting
    (Please note: All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate in Legal Studies
COURSE CODE 21C04468-7 FEES $24,400 (General), $36,000 (Professional) ENQUIRY 2520-4665
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate in Legal Studies

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [3])

Students can finish with a Certificate in Legal Studies, however, most if not all students continue onto the Diploma in Legal Studies which gives you many different options for further advancement.

 

What Doors Can a Diploma in Legal Studies Open for Me?

  • Open up employment opportunities in the Legal Profession
  • Receive a widely recognized Hong Kong legal qualification;
  • Immediately become an Associate Paralegal;
  • Continue towards qualifying as a Legal Executive (for students on the Professional Stream);
  • Limited Rights of Audience to appear in Court;
  • Guaranteed entry to the popular University of London first year preparation courses run by HKU SPACE
  • Pathway to the Advance Diploma in Legal Studies

 

Immediately Become an Associate Paralegal

 

You can use the professional title of Associate Paralegal and can use the letters A.Inst.Pa after your name as soon as you complete the Diploma in Legal Studies.

 

You must join the Institute of Paralegals, which is a UK-based body that sets professional standards for paralegals and has accredited the Diploma in Legal Studies as an Approved Course. The Institute charges an annual fee, but offers free membership to students while they study on the Diploma in Legal Studies.

 

Paralegals are assistants to lawyers, who help in carrying out legal work such as liaising with clients and drafting legal documents. For many students, working as a Paralegal is a useful first step towards becoming a lawyer.

 

Note: HKU SPACE is not affiliated with the Institute of Paralegals, and all membership inquiries should be directed to the Institute.  See http://www.theiop.org.

 

Become a Legal Executive

 

Students on the Professional Stream can also qualify as Legal Executives, by completing the Diploma in Legal Studies followed by 3 subjects on the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (which normally takes approximately 6-9 months).

 

This professional title can only be used by students who complete an Approved Legal Executive Course recognized by the Law Society of Hong Kong, and the Professional Stream was one of the first courses recognized by the Law Society for this purpose.

Legal Executive are also assistants to lawyers who help in carrying out many types of legal work, and this professional title is widely recognized by law firms in Hong Kong.

 

For more information, including eligibility requirements set by the Law Society, please visit the Web site for the Advanced Diploma at http://hkuspace.hku.hk/prog/adls.

 

Note: Due to Law Society rules about the maximum class size, students on the General Stream cannot currently qualify as Legal Executives.

 

Rights of Audience

 

Normally only lawyers can appear in court to represent clients in most court hearings. However, in recognition of the legal training you receive on the Diploma in Legal Studies the Hong Kong Judiciary currently allows all graduates of this course with at least 3 years’ legal work experience to appear before a District Judge in the District Court or a Master in the Court of First Instance in certain types of hearings.

 

For more information, please see Practice Directions 14.1 and 27 issued by the Hong Kong Judiciary.

 

 
Guaranteed Entry to Other Popular Law Courses

 

All students who complete the Diploma in Legal Studies are guaranteed places on the very popular University of London International Programmes LL.B. degree first year preparation courses# run by HKU SPACE.

 

Students who have completed the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies and who receive a Distinction on the Diploma in Legal Studies are also guaranteed places on the highly competitive Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination)#* offered by Manchester Metropolitan University with HKU SPACE, which is one of the fastest ways for intending lawyers to complete the legal studies necessary to apply to P.C.LL. courses in Hong Kong.

 

*Admission to the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination)#, is normally only open to University graduates, however, this restriction can be waived for students who complete the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies

#Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Payment Method

Certificate in Legal Studies - General Stream

Application Code

1850-1133AW

Start Date

October 20, 2020 (Tue)

Apply Online

Certificate in Legal Studies - Professional Stream (Main Intake)

Application Code

1845-3197AW

Start Date

September 1, 2020 (Tue)

Apply Online

you can pay using either If you apply offline at our HKU SPACE enrolment counters

1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or Bank Draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to "HKU SPACE". Please specify the programme title(s) for application, student's name, and student card number (if applicable). You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying 'Course Application' on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.

3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including "HKU SPACE Mastercard", at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres, or through online enrolment for the Certificate in Legal Studies (General Stream). Holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee of HK$2,000 to $40,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any of the enrolment centres.

N.B.: Students enrol separately for each year of the course. All course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.