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Avoid Extra Exams PCLL Part-Time Study Pathways

Avoid Extra Exam Pathways

There's only one way that allows you to qualify as both a solicitor or a 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. In 2020, for example, 78% of our applicants were successfully admitted to PCLL full-time and part-time programmes.1  Some HKU SPACE graduates have even been awarded highly prized government-funded places on the PCLLso saving $140,000 in course fees.

Students who start their studies with other institutions offering English law programmes often need to 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. But at HKU SPACE you can save time and money and avoid worrying about failing so many extra exams. That's because we are the only institution that has  multiple part-time PCLL pathways which can exempt you from most, or in many cases all, of these extra exams.

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. 

Many students also enter the PCLL via HKU SPACE's popular University of London LL.B. Preparation Courses, which is the best PCLL pathway if you want to secure a world-renowned law degree while qualifying as a lawyer. Students studying for this internationally-prestigious qualification at HKU SPACE also have  an excellent track record in securing First Class honours results.

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.

Study with HKU SPACE and Avoid these Extra Exams

total exemptions

HKU SPACE exemptions

1 PCLL admission success rate for applicants who completed HKU SPACE's MMU PCLL pathway.
 Three-part exam (A, B & C). Exemptions vary by pathway.
3  Hong Kong Legal System, Constitutional Law & Land Law.
4  Top-up exemption listed in PCLL admission regulations. Other exemptions based on experience of recent graduates and subject to change.

5  Based on experience of recent graduates and subject to change.
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.

Become a lawyer or legal executive via the Certificate in Legal Studies, Hong Kong's most sought-after part-time law program with over 20,000 successful graduates.

Program advantages including a unique pathways to  PCLL, high exam success rates, a flexible schedule, and a convenient course structure tailored for working professionals. Enroll now!

Provisional Timetable

Professional Stream (4th Intake)




Start 27 JUN 2024 (THU)
Duration 9-13 months
Fee Professional Stream: HK$40,000 per year
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Enrollment is now open for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (CPE)—one of the the best pathways to the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), the only route to qualifying as either a solicitor or barrister in Hong Kong. 

Apply early to improve your chances of being admitted to this very popular programme, offered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

For updates and more details, follow HKU SPACE Law on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Start 17 SEP 2024 (TUE)
Duration 2 years
Fee HK$54,900 course fee, £999 MMU reg. fee and $300 admin. processing fee (2024/25, Year 1)

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Preparation Courses (University of London)
HKU SPACE is a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre in Hong Kong offering LLB prep. courses for students intending to take the UoL LLB examinations.   On successful completion, you will obtain an LLB degree awarded by the University of London and a separate Statement of Attendance issued by HKU SPACE.
Start 12 OCT 2024 (SAT)
Duration 2 years to 6 years
Fee HK$9,100 - 11,000
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 02 SEP 2024 (MON)
Duration 2 years to 5 years
Fee From $10,200 per module


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