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Certificate in Legal Studies

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
07 Mar 2020 (Sat)
9 months
Course Fee
Professional Stream: HK$34,500 per year
Exam Fee: $800 per sitting

Studying law is a powerful and proven way to get ahead in your career. On the Certificate in Legal Studies, we built a program designed to give you the best possible start. With high exam pass rates, flexible exam schedule, a convenient course structure specially catering for students with busy jobs. More than 10,000 student have enrolled in Certificate in Legal Studies (CLS), this is the proven way to start your legal studies. Many of our former students who started on CLS program are now employed as legal professionals, working for law firms, public service, and large companies.

As our student, you will receive the best introductory textbooks on Hong Kong law (on important law topics such as how to form a company in Hong Kong, liability in contracts, and the power of courts under the Basic law).

Click here to download a free sample of one of the comprehensive course textbooks  You will receive as a student.

All students receive complimentary printed copies, and downloadable versions to read on your electronic devices.

And all students also receive a complimentary University of Hong Kong library reader’s card giving you privileged access to the University of Hong Kong's extensive network of libraries (including the law library, main library).

Provisional Timetable

Professional Stream (Weekend Mode 2nd Intake)



A limited number of places are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and enrollment will close for each intake as soon as it is full. Every year, we have to turn away disappointed students who apply too late. If you want to avoid this we strongly recommended to apply as soon as possible.

Certificate in Legal Studies - Professional Stream (Weekend Mode 2nd Intake)

Application Code


Start Date

March 7, 2020 (Sat)

Apply Online




Enroll online today using the above link, or in person by taking this application form to any HKU SPACE learning centre. We will be more than happy to help you. If you have any questions on which form to use or how to fill it out please contact us >at  helen.wu@hkuspace.hku.hk or call us on 2520 4665.

  • Students easily complete the course within 1 year.

You will acquire 5 key legal subjects in the Certificate in Legal Studies, which introduces you to areas of law advantageous to your life and professional career:

  1. Hong Kong Legal System and Method (Introduction to the Hong Kong legal system)
  2. Civil Procedure (The rules and procedures for court cases)
  3. Law of Obligations (Laws concerning Contract and Tort)
  4. Business Associations (Important laws about companies and partnerships)
  5. Hong Kong Basic Law (The most important law in Hong Kong)

The Certificate in Legal Studies is far more flexible than most other courses for sitting your exams. You may choose from 3 exam sessions a year,  normally held in May/June, August and November. 

It is up to you when you choose to sit your exams, depending on which of these exam sessions is most convenient for you. In order to give you this flexibility, we charge a separate examination fee which includes up to five exams during the same session.

All classes are held from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm on weekday evenings and/or from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm on Saturday afternoons.

To help students with busy work/family lives, classes are normally limited to a maximum of two classes per week

The only compulsory written work on the Certificate in Legal Studies are 5 written assignments (one for each subject) of up to 2,000 words each. You will usually be given these assignments (which constitute 25% of the final mark) several months before the submission deadline, and your lecturers will give you guidance on how to answer them.

This is an open entry course suitable for all students at all educational levels. About half of the students are normally university graduates, but students without existing academic qualifications are also welcome.

All students must attend 70% of all scheduled classes, but this 70% attendance requirement is measured across the whole year, and does not apply to each individual module.

Course Fee
  • Professional Stream: HK$34,500 per year
    Exam Fee: $800 per sitting
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate in Legal Studies
COURSE CODE 21C04468-7 FEES $23,400 (General), $34,500 (Professional) ENQUIRY 2520-4665
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate in Legal Studies

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [3])

All students who complete the Certificate in Legal Studies followed by the Diploma in Legal Studies can use  the professional title of Associate Paralegal and the letters A.Inst.Pa after their name.

Paralegal are assistants to lawyers, who help in carrying out legal work such as liaising with clients and drafting legal documents. For many students, working as a Paralegal is a useful first step towards becoming a lawyer. You can join the Institute of Paralegals, which is a UK-based body that sets professional standards for paralegals and has accredited this course as an Approved Course. The Institute charges an annual fee. (Note: HKU SPACE is not affiliated with the Institute of Paralegals, and all membership inquiries should be directed to the Institute.)

The Hong Kong Judiciary also allows all graduates of the Diploma in Legal Studies with at least 3 years’ legal work experience to appear before a District Judge in the District Court or a Master in the Court of First Instance in certain types of hearings. (For more information, please see Practice Directions 14.1 and 27  issued by the Hong Kong Judiciary.)

Become a Legal Executive on the Professional Stream

Students on the Professional Stream can also qualify as Legal Executives, by completing the Diploma in Legal Studies followed by 3 subjects on the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies (which normally takes 6-9 months).

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.

Legal Executive are also assistants to lawyers who help in carrying out many types of legal work, and this professional title is widely recognized by law firms in Hong Kong.

The Law Society also sets basic educational eligibility requirements for those wishing to work as Legal Executives. For further information on these requirements, please see Paragraph 2(b) of the Law Society's Benchmarks for Legal Executive Courses.

Note: These requirements only apply to students wishing to use the title of Legal Executive after they complete the course. They are not requirements for entry to this course and students can enroll on this course even if they do not currently meet these requirements.

Note: Due to Law Society rules about the maximum class size, students on the General Stream cannot currently qualify as Legal Executives.

Payment Method

Certificate in Legal Studies - Professional Stream (Weekend Mode 2nd Intake)

Application Code


Start Date

March 7, 2020 (Sat)

Apply Online

If you apply offline at our HKU SPACE enrolment counters

you can pay using either

1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. 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, student's name, and student card number (if applicable). You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application 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.

3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including "HKU SPACE Mastercard", at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres, or through online enrolment for the Certificate in Legal Studies (General Stream). Holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee of HK$2,000 to $40,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any of the enrolment centres.

N.B.: Students enrol separately for each year of the course. All course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.