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Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination)

Full Course | Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Awarded by
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Course Code
LW013A
Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
To be advised
Duration
2 years
Language
ENG
Course Fee
HK$45,800 course fee & £641 registration fee (both for Year 1 only in 2020/21)
Get a Headstart by Joining our Popular Feeder Programme

​The Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law  leading to the LLB (Hons) Hong Kong is almost the only package of programmes which covers all Hong Kong and English law subjects needed to progress towards legal practice in both Hong Kong and England and Wales.  For this reason, it is extremely popular and can receive more than 500 applications a year. 

Get a Headstart on our Popular Feeder Programme

Applicants who wish to improve their chances before applying for the next intake of this popular programme are strongly recommended to first enroll on the Certificate in Legal Studies, which is a recognised feeder programme for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law.  Exam results on the Certificate in Legal Studies are taken into account in considering applications for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law  and a large number of students from the Certificate in Legal Studies are admitted to the Graduate Diplona in English and Hong Kong Law each year.

Proven Pathway to PCLL and Legal Practice

Graduates of these programmes have been, for many years, exempted from taking many extra conversion exams required of graduates of other English law courses before they can apply and see if they can continue to the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), the main route to qualifying as a lawyer in Hong Kong.

Study part-time for just two years and you will receive a Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law and be eligible to continue directly to professional legal training courses in England & Wales. Add on an optional third year part-time and you will get an LLB (Hons) Hong Kong and the chance to apply and see if you can join the many graduates of this course who have been successfully admitted to the PCLL without the hassle of having to sit a large numbers of extra conversion exams.

With thousands of alumni in Hong Kong, no other law programme of this kind offers such a wide range of career paths. That’s why, for nearly three decades, the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law has been Hong Kong's most popular part-time route towards legal practice.

Enrolling on the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law will give you access to an unbeatable tuition package of more than 200 hours of lectures, tutorials, study skills sessions and revision classes, all designed to maximise your chances of getting the best possible grades.

This is supplemented by 24/7 access to two online study portals and more than 100 hours of recorded lectures from the UK - all at no extra charge.

Venue 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.

Teaching  is closely tailored to meet the requirements for entry to both the PCLL and English legal training courses:

          Year 1
Year 2

Full Modules:

Contract Law*^

Law of Tort*^

Public Law (Constitutional Law)*^

Half Modules:

Hong Kong Legal System#

European Union Law^

Full Modules:
Criminal Law*^

Land Law*^

Equity & Trusts*^

Hong Kong Land Law# and Hong Kong Constitutional Law#

* Core law subject required for entry to PCLL.
# Top-up Hong Kong law subject required for entry to PCLL.
^ Core law subject required for English legal training courses.
 

Modules are assessed by exams or coursework, with shorter assessments for most half modules. Exams are held at various points in the academic year, with most exams in May/June followed by resit examinations in August.

Although academic standards are high, previous students have achieved outstanding results thanks to our excellent teaching record:
Year 1:   81% pass rate
Year 2:  94% pass rate
(2017/18 exam results for students who enrolled and were assessed in the same academic year.)

Unlike most other English law courses, this three-year programme covers all the law subjects currently required for entry to the PCLL.

Year 1 classes begin in September with an introduction to English Legal System and a short test (which students must pass to continue to the other subjects). This is followed by a comprehensive package of lectures, tutorials and study skills sessions in the modules listed above, all taught at HKU SPACE in partnership with  Manchester Metropolitan University.

For most of the academic year, students will generally be required to attend 2-3 classes per week. Students on the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law will also have 24/7 online access to lectures in the same English law subjects delivered in Manchester.

Students will be given extensive assistance in preparing for the exams through a comprehensive programme of revision classes, which are usually taught by lecturers affiliated with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Students are expected to attend at least 70% of all classes each year, but this requirement only applies to their average attendance across the whole academic year.

Applications are being accepted for the waiting list for the September 2020 intake and some places are expected to become available before classes start on 24 September 2020. Applicants successfully admitted to the waiting list will also be given priority for admission to the next intake

Successful applicants are chosen largely on the basis of their academic results and you should normally hold, or expect to be awarded in the same academic year, a undergraduate degree or an acceptable degree equivalent.  If you do not have a university undergraduate degree or equivalent, you are normally also eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law as a mature student as soon as you complete (or are in the final year of completing) HKU SPACE's Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies. Pease fill in Application Form (AF01) if you hold a degree or have studied on HKU SPACE's Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.

Students without a university degree should normally complete HKU SPACE's Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies before applying for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law. However, in a small number of exceptional cases, mature applicants aged 25 or above may be considered for admission, even if they do not hold a university degree and have not completed HKU SPACE's  Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies. If you want to be considered for admission under this exceptional category, you will need to show considerable experience in your business or professional career, a good standard of general education, good knowledge of written and spoken English. and fill in the separate Application Form (AF02) for Other Mature Applicants. 

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$45,800 course fee & £641 registration fee (both for Year 1 only in 2020/21)

With a 30-year history in Hong Kong, this programme has a long and proven track record of successfully preparing our graduates to continue on through the LLB (Hons) Hong Kong to enter the P.C.LL. and legal practice in Hong Kong. In recent years large numbers of graduates of both the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law and LLB (Hons)(Hong Kong) of Manchester Metropolitan University have successfully secured places on P.C.LL. courses at The University of Hong Kong (both full-time and part-time) and other universities, including some highly-prized government-funded places. Since our graduates have, for many years, been exempted from taking many extra conversion exams required of graduates of most other English law courses, they have enjoyed a much smoother pathway towards the PCLL. For more information on the PCLL Conversion Exams which graduates of most non-Hong Kong law courses are required to take, please click here. Entry to the PCLL is competitive and admission criteria are subject to change. For more information, please click here.

As an English law qualification, the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law also gives you a recognized pathway towards legal practice in England & Wales after just two year’s part-time study. You can continue directly to either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for intending solicitors and barristers, respectively, at Manchester Metropolitan University and many other English universities (Students taking the Bar route will need at least a second class degree, IELTS test result of 7.5 or above and must meet the requirements of the Bar Standards Board). After completing the BPTC, students taking the Bar route can be called to the Bar in England and use the title of Barrister when not providing legal services. However you will need to complete a legal traineeship before you can qualify to practice as a solicitor or barrister in England & Wales and provide legal services.

While the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law is widely prized as a unique fast track to legal practice, every year we also receive hundreds of applications from students seeking to advance their career prospects in business, compliance and many other industries where legal knowledge is an integral part of job duties. The Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law provides a fast track to advanced legal studies as it allows you to proceed directly to a wide range of LLM programmes (if you have a second class degree or above), including those offered by The University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and the part-time University of London external programme.

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applications are being accepted for the waiting list for the September 2020 intake and some places are expected to become available before classes start on 24 September 2020. Applicants successfully admitted to the waiting list will also be given priority for admission to the next intake

Successful candidates are chosen largely on the basis of their academic results and you should normally hold, or expect to be awarded in the same academic year, a degree, acceptable degree equivalent or HKU SPACE's  Advanced Diploma in Legal StudiesStudies on the Certificate in Legal Studies are also taken into account. 

Applications must be accompanied by supporting documents, and there is a non-refundable $200 application fee. To apply, fill in Application Form (AF01) and take it together with both the original and a photocopy of your full degree transcript and certificate to any HKU SPACE learning centre offering enrollment services. Alternatively you may submit certified true copies of these documents, either through the learning centre or by post, together with a cheque for $200 made out to “HKU SPACE”, to the College of Humanities and Law, HKU SPACE, 34/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong. Students on HKU SPACE's Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies do not need to submit documentary evidence of their studies on this course but should still submit their full degree transcript and certificate if they have one.

Students without a university degree should normally complete HKU SPACE's Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies before applying for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law. However, in a small number of exceptional cases, mature applicants aged 25 or above may be considered for admission, even if they do not hold a university degree and have not completed HKU SPACE's  Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies. If you want to be considered for admission under this exceptional category, you will need to show considerable experience in your business or professional career, a good standard of general education, good knowledge of written and spoken English. and fill in the separate Application Form (AF02) for Other Mature Applicants. 

Payment Method

If your application is successful, you may have various choices as to how to pay the HK$45,800 Year 1 course fee:

▲ pay in two instalments of HK$18,000 (payable on acceptance) and HK$27,800 (payable on 2 July 2020) if you receive an offer on or before 4 May 2020; or
▲ pay in 10-month interest-fee instalment period if you hold, and use, a HKU SPACE Mastercard; or
▲ pay as one lump sum (HK$45,800) on acceptance.

1. Cash or EPS

Application and course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or Bank Draft

Application and 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 application form, together with the $200 non-refundable application fee in the form of a cheque, and both the original and photocopies of any supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
  • or mail the application form together with the $200 non-refundable application fee in the form of a cheque and certified true copies of any supporting 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 application and course fees by VISA or MasterCard, including "HKU SPACE MasterCard", at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. 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.

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