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Best PCLL Pathways

No Extra Exam PCLL Part-Time Study Pathways

CLS Pathways to PCLL

There's only one way to qualify as either a solicitor or barrister by studying in Hong Kong, and that's via the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL). Every year, HKU SPACE has far more students admitted to the PCLL than any other provider of English law programmes and some have even been awarded highly prized government-funded places. In 2020, for example, 78% of our applicants were successfully admitted to PCLL full-time and part-time programmes.1

Students who start their studies on other English law programmes must take up to 13½ hours of extra exams before they're eligible for the PCLL. These extra exams sometimes have a high failure rate and can cost up to $70,000 to prepare for.2 But at HKU SPACE you can save time and money and avoid worrying about failing these extra exams. That's because we are the only institution that has two part-time PCLL pathways which can exempt you from all of these extra exams and a third part-time pathway which can reduce the  number of extra exams you need to take by more than half.3  Just watch the video below and find out more.

Part Time Pathways

You can study HKU SPACE's PCLL Legal Executive Pathway, starting on the popular Certificate in Legal Studies, and benefiting from an exclusive PCLL pathway via the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level) which gives credit for your law-related work experience. This is the only pathway that allows you to qualify as a Legal Executive and is a proven pathway to a PCLL Distinction

Or you can apply for HKU SPACE's MMU PCLL Pathway taught in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, which is also a proven pathway to a successful legal career in England. The  Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law is one of the most popular pathways to the PCLL with large numbers of students successfully admitted to PCLL full-time and part-time programmes every year. 

If you're interested in a world-renowned law degree, you can also study HKU SPACE's University of London PCLL pathway. Students on our popular  University of London LL.B. Preparation Courses have an excellent track record in securing First Class honours results, and this internationally-prestigious qualification can exempt you from far more extra PCLL Conversion exams than most other English law programmes.3

If you're not sure which of these is best for you, just come along to our weekly information seminars and we can help you choose between our multiple pathways to the PCLL and a successful legal career.

Chart of Pathways

HKU SPACE exemptions

1 PCLL admission success rate for applicants who completed HKU SPACE's MMU PCLL pathway.
2 Based on cost of exam fees and preparatory courses for 13½ hours of PCLL conversion exams.
3  Graduates of the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level) are exempt from all PCLL conversion exams. HKU SPACE MMU graduates are exempt from several PCLL Conversion exams after completing  the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Lawand, according to admissions in recent years, exempt from all PCLL Conversion exams after also completing the top-up LLB (Hons) Hong Kong. Graduates of the University of London LL.B are normally exempt from several PCLL Conversion exams. PCLL exam exemptions and entry requirements are subject to change.
4 Varies according to stage of pathway. Figures for 2022-23. May increase in subsequent years.
5 HKU SPACE course fee. Separate registration fee of £673 payable to MMU annually. Figures for 2022-23. May increase in subsequent years.
6 Calculated from info at on 42 month duration & 72 units at $5,880 each. Figures for 2022-23. May increase in subsequent years.

The University of London LL.B. Preparation Courses, Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination) and LLB (Hons) Hong Kong are exempted courses 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 these courses may lead.

Thinking about advancing or changing your career? The Certificate in Legal Studies is a powerful and proven way to get ahead.

The Certificate in Legal Studies is one of Hong Kong's most popular and best-recognized part-time law programs with more than 15,000 graduates of this course. Join us now to benefit from pathways to PCLL, high exam pass rates, a flexible exam schedule, and a convenient course structure ideal for students with busy jobs.

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Start 27 SEP 2022 (TUE)
Duration 9-13 months
Fee Professional Stream: HK$37,500 per year
General Stream: HK$25,100 per year
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 study a law degree or similar qualification simply by also accumulating 3 years of law-related employment.

Start 15 SEP 2022 (THU)
Duration 2 years to 5 years
Fee From $9,800 per module
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
More Students Admitted to PCLL than any other English Law Programme
Save Time + Money with Exemptions from PCLL Conversion Exams
Not Available on Other English law courses
Multiple Pathways to Legal Practice in England + Around the World
400+ Applicants: Apply Early to Maximise Your Chances of Admission

Start 26 SEP 2022 (MON)
Duration 2 years
Fee HK$48,800 course fee & £673 reg. fee (2022/23, Year 1)
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Preparation Courses (University of London)
HKU SPACE is a Recognised Teaching Centre of the University of London and has been providing high quality and effective Preparation Courses for the LLB Programme for more than five decades.  
Start 07 OCT 2022 (FRI)
Duration 2 years to 6 years
Fee HK$8,500 - 10,000


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