Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Common Law and Professional Courses courses
Main content start

Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

Course Code
LW024A

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
To be advised
Duration
6 months
Language
English
The final stage of Hong Kong’s Most Popular Introductory Law Course

You have already completed the Diploma in Legal Studies, now it is time to enroll in the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies to complete your legal knowledge by studying two compulsory modules (1. Professional Responsibility and Advocacy and 2. Legal Writing and Drafting) and one elective module on Hong Kong law. This course is valuable for completing your foundational law training, giving you a decisive advance in your career.

All students completing both General Stream and the Professional Stream are welcome to join the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies. In Particular ‘Professional Stream,students should enroll to complete all the legal studies requirements by the Law Society of Hong Kong to qualify as a Legal Executive.

What Will I Learn?

 

Compulsory Modules

Elective Modules

Professional Responsibility and Advocacy

Company Law and Corporate Governance

Legal Writing and Drafting

Disputes Resolution

 

Hong Kong Commercial Law and Practice

 

Advance Company Law

Different electives may sometimes be offered on this course in other academic years. You must complete all three modules within three years of starting the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.

 

Flexible Course Structure

 

To provide you with more flexibility, you can enroll separately in each module of the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.

 

You may choose to complete some modules in the current academic year and defer other modules until the next academic year, depending on what is most convenient for you.

 

Different electives may sometimes be offered on this course in other academic years, including Company Law and Corporate Governance, Disputes Resolution, Hong Kong Commercial Law and Practice, and/or Advanced Company Law.

 

You must complete all three modules within three years of starting the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.

 

Entry Requirements

 

Students who have completed the Diploma in Legal Studies (either the Professional Stream/General Stream) are eligible to enroll.

 

To study in Hong Kong, all non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, except for those admitted to Hong Kong as dependents, who do not need prior approval before taking up full time and part-time studies.  Non-local applicants issued with a valid employment visa also do not need prior approval to pursue part-time studies.  It is the responsibility of individual applicants to make appropriate visa arrangements.

 

Become a Legal Executive

Legal Executive are assistants to lawyers who help carry out many types of legal work. This professional title can only be used by students who complete an Approved Legal Executive Course recognized by the Law Society of Hong Kong, and the Professional Stream was one of the first courses recognized by the Law Society for this purpose.

 

One of the great attractions of the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies is that it allows students who have already finished the Professional Stream of the Diploma in Legal Studies to complete all the legal subjects necessary to qualify as Legal Executives.

 

To work as a Legal Executive, students must also satisfy eligibility requirements set  by the Law Society. For more information, please visit the ADLS website or see paragraph 2(b) of the Law Society’s Benchmarks for Legal Executive Courses at http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/circular/16-776.asp.

 

Students who have completed the General Stream of the Diploma in Legal Studies are welcome to join the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies, but cannot qualify as Legal Executives.

 

Course Syllabus

 

Legal Writing and Drafting

This course will introduce students to the basic principles of effective legal writing and provide the opportunity for students to practice the key skills required to produce good written legal material. Topics addressed will include the clear identification of the purpose of the written piece, its planning, writing, editing and ultimately its presentation.

Students will practice drafting legal forms and documents in a variety of legal contexts using simple sentences in clear English, in the active voice and with accurate grammar.

 

Professional Responsibility and Advocacy

Law Society of Hong Kong: statutory authority, Council, committees and directorate, membership, practicing certificate, risk management, CPD, professional indemnity scheme, admission and trainee solicitors, legal executives.

Professional Conduct: Hong Kong Solicitors’ Guide to Professional Conduct; relationships with clients, other lawyers and duty to the Court, confidentiality, conflict of interest, fiduciary duty - handling client money, trust accounts, undertakings.

Misconduct: complaints procedures, investigations, discipline and powers.

Advocacy: taking client instructions, techniques, tactics and preparation for applications, effective speaking, appropriate use of language, presentation and etiquette.

Applications: uncontested application before a master in chambers, application for a three-minute hearing, taxation hearing before a taxing master.

 

Company Law and Corporate Governance

This course will examine the corporate vehicle, its registration requirements, regulation, raising capital, and winding up. It will explore the range of theoretical and practical legal issues concerning corporate activities including the enforcement of various corporate governance provisions. Specifically, it will cover the rules relating to membership, meetings, directors’ activities, conflicts of interest, reporting, notifications, inspections, audits and investigations.

 

Disputes Resolution

This course will consider various alternative dispute resolution methods including conciliation, mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, private courts judicial adjudication and the ombudsman’s office within the context of a variety of legal complaints. While consideration will be given to the range of methods, the principal focus will be on mediation and arbitration used to resolve commercial, administrative and labour disputes.

 

Hong Kong Commercial Law and Practice

A range of topics will be canvassed in this subject including types of personal property, the protection of interests in property, credit security and finance and Sale of Goods. It will focus on various types of commercial transactions and the legal relationships created between the parties involved and the protections afforded them. Relevant local legislation will be considered in context and the unique aspects of Hong Kong legislation will be highlighted.

 

Advanced Company Law (QF Level: 5)

1.    Management and administration of a company (Knowledge of: company directors; company secretary; auditors; companies meetings).

2.    External regulatory bodies (such as: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority; The Securities and Futures Commission; The Stock Exchange; The Financial Reporting Council).

3.    Reports and Accounts (including: profit and loss account, balance sheet, statement of changes in financial position, statutory duties in relation to preparation of statements and reports).

4.    Financing corporate enterprises.

5.    Share capital.

6.    Public issues of securities and official listing.

7.    Borrowing and loan capital.

8.    Security for loans and charges.

9.    Creditor remedies, including receivership.

10. Corporate rescue processes.

11. Winding Up and Insolvency (including receivership, voluntary liquidation, compulsory liquidation, avoidance actions, reorganising or restructuring insolvent companies).

Venue
  • Admiralty Learning Centre
  • United Learning Centre
  • Please note, classes are expected to be held at these venues. The health and safety of our students is our top priority, if the situation in Hong Kong requires. HKU SPACE reserves the right to move some classes to other locations, including online teaching platforms.

Timetable for 2019-20 (revised)

 Application Code:

1750-2888AW

COML4009

Legal Writing and Drafting

 Application Code:

1770-1343AW

COML4012 Professional Responsibility and Advocacy

 Application Code:

1770-2311AW

COML4008

Hong Kong Commercial Law and Practice

 

October 21, 2019

October 23, 2019

October 28, 2019

October 30, 2019

November 04, 2019

November 06, 2019

November 11, 2019

November 13, 2019

November 18, 2019

November 20, 2019

 

 

December 09, 2019

December 14, 2019

December 16, 2019

December 21, 2019

December 23, 2019

January 04, 2020

January 11, 2020

January 13, 2020

January 18, 2020

January 20, 2020

 

February 17, 2020

February 19, 2020

February 24, 2020

February 26, 2020

March 02, 2020

March 04, 2020

March 09, 2020

March 11, 2020

March 18, 2020

March 23, 2020

Examination Date:

May 9, 2020

Examination Date:

May 16, 2020

Examination

Date:

May 13, 2020

Examination Time :   7:00-9:00 p.m. (Weekdays);  2:30-4:30 p.m. (Saturdays)

Lecture Time          :   7:00-10:00 p.m. (Weekdays);  2:30-5:30 p.m. (Saturdays)

Venue                     :   Hong Kong Island Learning Centre or HKU Main Campus

Students who have completed the Diploma in Legal Studies are welcome to join the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.

Course Fee
  • HK$8400 per module (inclusive of exam fee)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Hong Kong Commercial Law and Practice (Module from Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies Programme)
COURSE CODE 21Z07202-1 FEES $8,800 ENQUIRY 2520-4665
CEF Courses
Legal Writing and Drafting (Module from Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies)
COURSE CODE 39Z114372 FEES $8,800 ENQUIRY 2520-4665
Professional Responsibility and Advocacy (Module from Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies)
COURSE CODE 39Z114380 FEES $8,800 ENQUIRY 2520-4665
Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4])

Progression Path

Students who complete the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies might be eligible for the following progression opportunities:

 
Guaranteed Entry to Other Popular Law Courses

 

Students who have completed the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies and who receive a Distinction on the Diploma in Legal Studies are also guaranteed places on the highly competitive Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination)#* offered by Manchester Metropolitan University with HKU SPACE, which is one of the fastest ways for intending lawyers to complete the legal studies necessary to apply to P.C.LL. courses in Hong Kong.

 

*Admission to the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination)#, is normally only open to University graduates, however, this restriction can be waived for students who complete the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies

#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.

 

Become a Legal Executive

Legal executives are assistants to lawyers who help carry out many types of legal work. This professional title can only be used by students who complete an Approved Legal Executive Course recognized by the Law Society of Hong Kong, and the Professional Stream was one of the first courses recognized by the Law Society for this purpose.

 

One of the great attractions of the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies is that it allows students who have already finished the Professional Stream of the Diploma in Legal Studies to complete all the legal subjects necessary to qualify as Legal Executives.

 

To work as a Legal Executive, students must also satisfy eligibility requirements set by the Law Society. For more information, please visit the ADLS website or see paragraph 2(b) of the Law Society’s Benchmarks for Legal Executive Courses at http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/circular/16-776.asp.

 

Students who have completed the General Stream of the Diploma in Legal Studies are welcome to join the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies, but cannot qualify as Legal Executives.

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method


 

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

Notes

  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. 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, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. 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 teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. 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.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, 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. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.