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Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level)

New Course
Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
24 Nov 2021 (Wed)
Next intake(s)
Jan 2022
2 years to 5 years
Course Fee
Bundle Rate: 5 modules @ HK$9,800 ; 2 modules @ HK$14,800 ; 1 module at HK$16,000
[Non-Bundle Rate: add HK$2,000 for each module
A Unique Pathway to the PCLL for HKU SPACE Students
Now Open for Enrolment

The Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level) (AdvDip for LE) is the only law programme that gives credit for work experience, allowing candidates to fast track to becoming a lawyer via the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) programme without any need to complete a law degree or similar qualification.


Begin your law studies on HKU SPACE's popular Certificate in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) and you can now benefit from this unique pathway all the way to the PCLL and legal practice.


Programme Objectives

The programme aims to enable students to consolidate and build upon the knowledge and skills that they have acquired during an Approved Legal Executive Course recognised by the Law Society of Hong Kong. This programme will further help them acquire an understanding at Graduate Level of all the core and top-up legal subjects required for progression to the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL).

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. critically analyse and evaluate legal principles and arguments, at a level required to progress to the vocational stage of legal education in Hong Kong;
  2. apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes at a level commensurate with an LLB graduate;
  3. present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community;
  4. communicate fluently in English, using legal terminology correctly, read a range of complex works within and about law and summarise arguments accurately; 
  5. identify and use primary and secondary legal sources relevant to the topic under study; and
  6. identify contemporary debates and engage with these whilst accurately documenting the law in the area.
Application Code 1955-LW026A -


Modules will be taught through a mixture of lecturesseminars and tutorials, both online and face-to-face.*

* Depending on the social health situation and other restrictions, some classes may be delivered online only.



The 8 compulsory modules are as follows:

Application Code


Programme/Module Title Module Fee (HKD)
LW026A Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level) (for two or more modules in a single transaction) (for single module enrolment)
1955-2589AW COML5055 Advanced Contract Law 9,800 11,800
1965-1472AW COML5057 Advanced Criminal Law 9,800 11,800
1975-1287AW COML5060 Advanced Land Law 9,800 11,800
1985-1316AW COML5061 Advanced Hong Kong Constitutional Law and Hong Kong Legal System 9,800 11,800
To be offered in 2022/2023 COML5054 Advanced Tort Law 9,800 11,800
COML5056 Equity and Trusts 14,800 16,800
COML5058 Law of Evidence 14,800 16,800
COML5059 Advanced Company and Commercial Law 16,000 18,000

(All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable)


Assessment Methods

Each module will be assessed by way of a written assignment and written examination. Candidates will receive a notification of results after completing each module.



Upon completion of the programme and proof of  3 years of law-related employment**, students would be awarded the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives ( Graduate Level) within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

** For details on the requisite law-related employment, click here.

Applicants should:-

  1. have completed an Approved Legal Executive Course at QF Level 4 or above which meets the requirements of the Law Society's Benchmarks for Legal Executive Courses;


2.   i) have obtained a pass in 5 subjects in HKCEE;


ii) have obtained in the HKDSE Examination a combination of results in 5 subjects of Level 2 in Senior Secondary subjects, “Attained” in Applied Learning (“ApL”) subjects (subject to a maximum of 2 ApL subjects) and Grade E in Other Language subjects;


iii) have been in law-related employment in Hong Kong for 3 years;


3.   provide evidence of English proficiency unless their results in 2 i) or ii) have fulfilled the required level of English, as follows:

a) a minimum grade of D in English language (Syllabus B) (or equivalent) in pre-2007 HKCEE, or

b) a minimum Level 3 in English language from 2007 HKCEE onwards, or

c) a minimum Level 3 in English language in HKDSE Examination since 2012, or

d) a minimum overall score of 6 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Candidates will normally first complete either HKU SPACE’s Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) or Higher Diploma for Legal Executives,* which are both recognised by the Law Society of Hong Kong and allow students who meet their criteria to qualify as Legal Executives. However, graduates of other approved legal executive courses may also be eligible for admission (please contact HKU SPACE for details).

Graduates of Approved Legal Executive Courses other than the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) programme must satisfy the Admissions Committee that they have completed Approved Legal Executive Courses at QF Level 4 or above and that this includes all the modules in the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) programme at an equivalent level. If necessary, the Admissions Committee may require such applicants to enroll on individual modules from the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) programme or equivalent short courses.

* Graduates of the Higher Diploma for Legal Executives must, in addition, complete a bridging course (offered by HKU SPACE) on Hong Kong Basic Law.

Course Fee
  • Bundle Rate: 5 modules @ HK$9,800 ; 2 modules @ HK$14,800 ; 1 module at HK$16,000
    [Non-Bundle Rate: add HK$2,000 for each module

Candidates simply complete 8 modules over 2 to 5 years and provide proof of 3 years of law-related employment (which can be completed at any time, before, during or after their AdvDip for LE studies) in order to qualify for this graduate level award which then entitles them to apply directly for the PCLL programme offered by any of the 3 law schools in Hong Kong. After completing the PCLL programme, candidates can then either complete a 2-year training contract to become a solicitor, or a 1-year pupillage to become a barrister.


PCLL-Provider Recognition of Law-Related Employment

All 3 law schools have a certain number of PCLL places specially reserved for applicants with at least 2 years of law-related employment. For details of how holders of the AdvDip for LE can benefit from this, click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

For FAQs, click here.

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

The Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level) is now open for enrolment.

In Person / Mail

Please complete the AdvDipLE Enrolment Form and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate module fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres or post it to the College of Humanities and Law, HKU SPACE, 34/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong.  

Payment Method

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 and the applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate module 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.


Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circumstance.

  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.

  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to “HKU SPACE” to any of our enrolment centres.


*** Multiple Benefits of the AdvDip for LE Programme ***

  • Faster

The AdvDip for LE programme can be completed in as little as 2 years – faster than other routes to the PCLL programme.

  • Cheaper 

The AdvDip for LE programme is on pay-per-module basis, with most modules costing less than $10,000 each when paid for at the discounted “bundle rate” (i.e. 2 or more modules paid for in a single transaction) – it is therefore cheaper and more conveniently financed than other routes to the PCLL programme.

  • Flexible study

The AdvDip for LE programme is ideal for people with busy work schedules because all 8 modules are taught in the evenings and at weekends over a period of 2 years to 5 years – meaning that students can study to suit their own schedule, completing modules in a variety of permutations (maximum of 4 modules per year).

  • Expand your legal knowledge

The AdvDip for LE programme is even beneficial for those people not interested in pursuing the PCLL programme but, rather, simply wishing to expand their legal knowledge, building upon and learning beyond the subjects studied on the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) at HKU SPACE, to equip themselves them with further legal skills and awareness, and to increase their appreciation of law in a wider context.