Hong Kong's most popular introductory law programme can jumpstart...
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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Many Pathways towards PCLL
The Certificate in Legal Studies is a proven and effective way to start your law studies. Former students who started on this program are working as solicitors, magistrates, paralegals, legal executives, CEOs, law firm partners, managers, and company secretaries.
Start your legal studies on the Certificate in Legal Studies and benefit from multiple pathways to the PCLL, including a special fast track via the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level). Completion of the PCLL allows graduates to proceed to legal training before qualifying to practice as either a barrister or a solicitor in Hong Kong.
You will also receive comprehensive introductory textbooks 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).
All students also receive a complimentary University of Hong Kong library reader’s card giving you privileged access to an extensive network of libraries (including the law library, main library).
Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level)
Start your law studies on the Certificate in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) and benefit from a unique fast track to the PCLL not available to graduates of most other law courses. The Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level) has been specially designed to provide a fast, flexible and cheaper pathway to the PCLL from the Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies without any need to go through the time and expense of a qualifying law degree.
Get a Headstart on our popular Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law
The Certificate in Legal Studies is also a well-recognised starting point to improve your chances on the popular Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law pathway to the PCLL. Large number of students who started their studies on the Certificate in Legal Studies are admitted to the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law each year, and your exam results on the Certificate in Legal Studies may improve your chances of admission. If you already have a degree, you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law while studying for the Certificate in Legal Studies. Or continue to the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies to be guaranteed a place if you achieve a Distinction.
The Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (CPE), LLB (Hons) Hong Kong and University of London LL.B. Preparation Courses 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.
Certificate in Legal Studies – Professional Stream (3rd Intake)
December 6, 2022 (Tue)
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 applying as soon as possible.
(All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable)
Enroll online today 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 2520 4665.Duration
- approximately 9-13 months, depending on the intake.
Hong Kong Island Learning Centre*
*Class arrangement during COVID-19: The COVID-19 situation may still be fluid and constantly affect class arrangements in the coming months. The health and safety of our students will always be our top priority. To ensure that students’ academic progress is not affected, the School may substitute face-to-face classes with online teaching if necessary in the event that face-to-face classes cannot be held. Our respective Programme Teams will contact the students concerned with details of such arrangements as necessary.
Five important legal modules# in the Certificate in Legal Studies, introducing you to core areas of law advantageous to your life and professional career:
- Hong Kong Legal System and Method (Introduction to common law system practised in Hong Kong, UK, Australia etc)
- Civil Procedure (Rules and procedures for court cases)
- Law of Obligations (Contract and Tort Law)
- Business Associations (Company and Partnership Law)
- Hong Kong Basic Law (Constitutional Law)
The Certificate in Legal Studies is far more flexible than most other courses for sitting your exams. You may choose from different exam sessions, held in the middle and last quarter of the year.*
*It is up to you when you choose to sit your exams, depending on which of these exam sessions is most convenient for you. To provide this flexibility, we charge a separate examination fee which includes up to five exams during the same session. Please note there is an examination fee of $800 per sitting.
# Please note a student who has passed a module cannot re-enroll in the same module. Students who have completed this program cannot re-enroll in the same program.
All classes are normally 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 typically two to three classes per week.
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.
The only compulsory written work on the Certificate in Legal Studies is a written assignment per subject of up to 2,000 words. You will usually be given these assignments (which constitute 25% of the final mark) several months before the submission deadline, and there will be further guidance and extra classes to assist you in completing assessments.
- Professional Stream: HK$37,500 per year
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Certificate in Legal Studies|
|COURSE CODE 21C04468-7||FEES $25,100 (General), $37,500 (Professional)||ENQUIRY 2520-4665|
|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Certificate in Legal Studies
Students can finish with a Certificate in Legal Studies, however, most if not all students continue onto the Diploma in Legal Studies which gives you many different options for further advancement.
What Doors Can a Diploma in Legal Studies Open for Me?
- Open up employment opportunities in the Legal Profession
- Receive a widely recognized Hong Kong legal qualification;
- Immediately become an Associate Paralegal;
- Continue towards qualifying as a Legal Executive (for students on the Professional Stream);
- Limited Rights of Audience to appear in Court;
- Guaranteed entry to the popular University of London first year preparation courses run by HKU SPACE
- Many Pathways to the PCLL
Immediately Become an Associate Paralegal
You can use the professional title of Associate Paralegal and can use the letters A.Inst.Pa after your name as soon as you complete the Diploma in Legal Studies.
You must join the Institute of Paralegals, which is a UK-based body that sets professional standards for paralegals and has accredited the Diploma in Legal Studies as an Approved Course. The Institute charges an annual fee, but offers free membership to students while they study on the Diploma in Legal Studies.
Paralegals 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.
Note: HKU SPACE is not affiliated with the Institute of Paralegals, and all membership inquiries should be directed to the Institute. See http://www.theiop.org.
Become a Legal Executive
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 approximately 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.
For more information, including eligibility requirements set by the Law Society, please visit the Web site for the Advanced Diploma at http://hkuspace.hku.hk/prog/adls.
Important: Please note students who enroll in the Certificate in Legal Studies (General Stream) can only articulate to the Diploma in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) from 2023-24. If you wish to qualify as a Legal Executive and benefit from the exclusive and affordable pathway towards the PCLL through the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level), please enroll in the Certificate in Legal Studies (Professional Stream).
Rights of Audience
Normally only lawyers can appear in court to represent clients in most court hearings. However, in recognition of the legal training, you receive on the Diploma in Legal Studies the Hong Kong Judiciary currently allows all graduates of this course 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.
Guaranteed Entry to Other Popular Law Courses
Holders of HKU SPACE’s Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies may satisfy the entrance requirements of the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (AdvDip for LE)* The Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives is a new and unique programme designed specifically for qualified Legal Executives who are seeking admission to the PCLL programme without having a qualifying law degree or a qualifying graduate diploma in law. The AdvDip for LE satisfies all of the remaining PCLL-prerequisites, completion of PCLL allows graduates to proceed to legal training before qualifying to practice as either a barrister or a solicitor in Hong Kong.
*Approved by the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training, which includes representatives from all 3 PCLL-providers, Department of Justice, Judiciary, Bar Association, and Law Society.
All students who complete the Diploma in Legal Studies are guaranteed places on the very popular University of London International Programmes LL.B. degree first-year preparation courses# run by HKU SPACE.
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.
Certificate in Legal Studies – Professional Stream (3rd Intake)
December 6, 2022 (Tue)
Please note students who enroll in the Certificate in Legal Studies (General Stream) can only articulate to the Diploma in Legal Studies (Professional Stream) from 2023-24. If you wish to qualify as a Legal Executive and benefit from the exclusive and affordable pathway towards the PCLL through the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level), please enroll in the Certificate in Legal Studies (Professional Stream).
You can pay using either If you apply offline at our HKU SPACE enrolment counters
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.
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.