Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination)
- Awarded by
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
- Course Code
- Study mode
- Start Date
- To be advised
- 2 years
- Course Fee
- HK$46,800 course fee & £641 reg. fee (2021/22, Year 1)
The Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law leading to the LLB (Hons) Hong Kong has a stronger track record in successfully preparing students for the PCLL and legal practice in Hong Kong than any other English law programme. It offers multiple pathways towards legal practice in England and Wales and is extremely popular, with more than 500 applicants competing for places.
This programme is full and closed for enrollment. Students interested in receiving priority consideration for the next intake should enroll on the Certificate in Legal Studies, which is a popular preparatory programme that is used by many applicants each year to successfully gain admission to the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law.
75%+ Student Success Rate in Entering PCLL.
Proven Fast Track to PCLL and Legal Practice in both Hong Kong and England & Wales
In 2020, more than 75% of graduates who applied for the PCLL after completing the the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law and LLB (Hons) Hong Kong were successful in securing places on this highly competitive pathway to legal practice in Hong Kong.*
Successful PCLL applicants from the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law and LLB (Hons) Hong Kong were also able to save many $10,000s and avoid the time and expense of taking the many extra conversion exams required of graduates of most other English law courses.
For those who prefer to pursue a career in England & Wales, this popular programme also offers multiple articulation pathways to the UK. You'll be guaranteed a place if you wish to switch your studies to Manchester next year. Or study part-time with HKU SPACE for just two years and you will be eligible to continue directly to multiple professional legal training programmes in England & Wales. This means you can use the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law as a pathway towards becoming either a solicitor or barrister in the UK.
If you want to become a solicitor or barrister in Hong Kong, add on an optional third year part-time with HKU SPACE and you will get an LLB (Hons) Hong Kong and the chance to apply and see if you can join the large number graduates of this programme 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 the same kind of advantages in following such a wide range of career paths in both Hong Kong and England & Wales. 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.
* Based on feedback from successful applicants. Not official figures.
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.
You will also benefit from easy to read course manuals. Click here to see a sample of what you'll receive when you join the course.
All this is supplemented by free copies of key textbooks and 24/7 access to two online study portals - at no extra charge.
- Admiralty Learning Centre
United Learning Centre
To allow more space for students, larger classes may be relayed between adjacent classrooms.
- HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus
- HKU SPACE Headquarters
Online Virtual Classroom
In 2021/22, students can choose between both online and face-to-face for Hong Kong based lectures at no extra charge. This means you can watch one lecture online and the next one face-to-face (when COVID-19 conditions permit) or whatever suits you best.
- GITTINGS, Danny John (Associate Professor)
- Senior teaching staff of Manchester Law School at Manchester Metropolitan University
- Mr Hanif Mughal, Barrister-at-law
- Mr Desmond Greenwood
- Mr Andrew Lau, Barrister-at-law
- Ms Vivien Chan, Barrister-at-law
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:
Law of Tort*^
Public Law (Constitutional Law)*^
Hong Kong Legal System#
European Union Law^
Equity & Trusts*^
Hong Kong Land Law# and Hong Kong Constitutional Law#
^ 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: 86% pass rate
Year 2: 97% pass rate
(2020 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 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 normally expected to attend at least 70% of all classes each year. However this requirement only applies to average attendance across the whole academic year and can be met by attending either online classes, face-to-face classes or a mixture of both online and face-to-face classes. Exceptions to the attendance requirement can be considered with supporting evidence.
HK$200 (Non-refundable)Course Fee
- HK$46,800 course fee & £641 reg. fee (2021/22, Year 1)
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 Bar Training Course (BTC) or the Legal Practice Course (LPC)* for intending barristers and solicitors respectively, at Manchester Metropolitan University and many other English universities (Students taking the Bar route will need at least a second class degree, pass the Bar Aptitude Test and meet the requirements of the Bar Standards Board). After completing the BTC, 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.
* Progression to the Legal Practice Course is only available for students who complete the enrolment process for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law before 1 September 2021.
Application Form CPE Application Form AF01Enrolment Method
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 Studies. Studies 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.
Students who have previously completed this programme are not eligible for admission for a second time.
Students may apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) administered by the Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency. The maximum financial assistance provided under ENLS is equivalent to the total tuition fee(s) payable to HKU SPACE in the current academic year. For details, visit the ENLS websiteor contact SFO at 2150 6223Payment Method
If your application is successful, you may have various choices as to how to pay the Year 1 course fee of HK$46,800:
▲ pay in two instalments of HK$19,000 (payable on acceptance) and HK$27,800 (payable on 2 July 2021) if you receive an offer on or before 3 May 2021; 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$46,800) on acceptance.
1. Cash or EPS or WECHAT PAY
Application and course fees can be paid by cash or EPS or WeChat Pay 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.
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 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 of the enrolment centres.
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