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Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law (Common Professional Examination)

Awarded by
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Course Code
LW013A
Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
12 Sep 2019 (Thu)
Duration
2 years
Language
ENG
Course Fee
HK$43,700 course fee (with possible installment options) & £610 registration fee (both for Year 1 in 2019/20)
The ONLY Graduate Diploma which covers the Hong Kong law subjects you need for the P.C.LL.
30% of places already filled. Early applicants will receive priority for places.

The Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law  (GDEHKL) has a 28 year track record of providing an affordable route towards legal practice in both Hong Kong and England & Wales with thousands of alumni in Hong Kong,  many working as successful solicitors, barristers and even a judge of the High Court.

The GDEHKL, also known as the Common Professional Examination (or C.P.E.), is the only Graduate Diploma which covers both the English and Hong Kong law subjects you need for entry to the P.C.LL. vocational training course for intending solicitors and barristers in Hong Kong.  Our graduates have a proven track record of successfully securing places on both part-time and full-time P.C.LL. courses in Hong Kong, including government-funded places.

You will receive more than 200 hours of face-to-face teaching to help you through the Year 1 exams. These classes are spread out across the academic year, with a maximum of 3 hours of classes in any one day, and no intensive weekend teaching sessions.

Most students who complete the two-year part-time Graduate Diploma in English & Hong Kong Law are immediately eligible to apply for entry to vocational training courses for intending solicitors and barristers in England & Wales. All students are also guaranteed places to continue on a one-year part-time LL.B. (Hons) course in Hong Kong which allows them to quickly complete all the remaining English and Hong Kong law subjects currently needed for the P.C.LL.

Alternatively, most students can proceed directly from the Graduate Diploma in English & Hong Kong Law to several Masters courses, or simply use the legal skills acquired through this course to further their existing careers.

Venue 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.

Students study four modules each year (with the addition of a short induction course on English Legal System at the start of Year 1) that are closely tailored to meet the needs of students who wish to proceed to both the P.C.LL. and English legal training courses:

          GDEHKL  Year 1
GDEHKL Year 2
  1. Contract Law*^
  2. Law of Tort*^
  3. Public Law (Constitutional Law)*^
  4. European Union Law^
 

Criminal Law*^

Land Law*^

Equity & Trusts*^

Additional Legal Subjects of HK Legal System,# HK Constitutional Law# and HK Land Law.#

* Core law subject required for entry to P.C.LL.
^ Core law subject required for English legal training courses.
# Top-up Hong Kong law subject required for entry to P.C.LL.
 

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and the GDEHKL examinations of Manchester Metropolitan University, which students sit in Hong Kong. There is no exam in European Union Law, which is assessed entirely through coursework, and may be taught on a different schedule

You will receive more than 200 hours of face-to-face teaching to help you through the Year 1 exams. These classes are spread out across the academic year, with a maximum of 3 hours of classes in any one day, and no intensive weekend teaching sessions.

Classes begin with an introductory course on English Legal System followed by a short assessment (which students must pass before they continue to the rest of the programme). This is followed by a series of introductory classes in the other subjects by visiting lecturers from Manchester Metropolitan University, which is responsible for setting and marking the exams.

From mid-November until early March, students will mostly only be required to attend two lectures per week, sometimes supplemented by a further lecture, tutorial or seminar. However this timetable is subject to change for scheduling reasons. Students will then be given extensive assistance in preparing for the exams through a series of face to face revision classes, delivered by visiting lecturers from Manchester Metropolitan University. It is a course requirement that students attend 70% of all classes throughout the year.

Students are required to submit two compulsory assignments each year, which will count towards their final marks. They may also choose to submit further voluntary assignments, in order to receive feedback that will help them prepare for the exams.

Examinations are held in May/June. Although standards are high, in recent years results have been excellent with over 70% passing Year 1 and over 85% passing Year 2. Any students who do not pass the first time are able to resit the same subjects in August.

Entry to the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law is highly competitive and this year's course is already filling up fast. Every year we receive far more applications than the number of available places this year, and have to turn many unsuccessful applicants away. Early applicants are given priority so, to maximise your chances of success, you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible.*

Successful candidates are chosen largely on the basis of their academic results and you should normally hold, or expect to be awarded in the same academic year, a degree or an acceptable degree equivalent.  If you do not have a university degree or equivalent, you are normally also eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law as a mature student as soon as you complete (or are in the final year of completing) HKU SPACE's Diploma in Legal StudiesPlease fill in Application Form (AF01) if you hold a degree or have studied on HKU SPACE's Diploma in Legal Studies.

Students without a university degree should normally complete HKU SPACE's Diploma in Legal Studies before applying for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law. However, in a small number of exceptional cases, mature applicants aged 25 or above may be considered for admission, even if they do not hold a university degree and have not completed HKU SPACE's  Diploma in Legal Studies. If you want to be considered for admission under this exceptional category, you will need to show considerable experience in your business or professional career, a good standard of general education, good knowledge of written and spoken English. and fill in the separate Application Form (AF02) for Other Mature Applicants

* Please note that, while early applicants are given priority, this does not guarantee that they will be accepted.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$43,700 course fee (with possible installment options) & £610 registration fee (both for Year 1 in 2019/20)

One of the great attractions of this course is that students who also successfully finish the one year top-up part-time LL.B. (Hons) will have completed all the law subjects currently needed to apply for the P.C.LL. vocational training course for intending solicitors and barristers in Hong Kong. All students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law are guaranteed places on this one year top-up LL.B. (Hons), also offered by HKU SPACE in association with Manchester Metropolitan University. For further information, please click here to visit the Web site for the LL.B. (Hons).

Entry into the P.C.LL. is highly competitive. However, in recent years, large numbers of graduates from the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law have successfully secured places on the P.C.LL. courses offered by the University of Hong Kong and other local universities.

All applicants to the P.C.LL. are currently required to complete an IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7 within the three years prior to their application. Students who are not permanent residents of Hong Kong but wish to practice as solicitors or barristers in Hong Kong should check with the Hong Kong Law Society and the Bar Association for any residency requirements.

Please note that P.C.LL. entry requirements and exam exemptions are subject to review and change. For the latest situation, please visit:  http://www.pcea.com.hk In the event of any changes, HKU SPACE reserves the right to make whatever changes to our courses may be necessary to try and comply with any new requirements.

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law also gives students the option of applying for entry to vocational training courses for intending solicitors and barristers in England and Wales. All students are guaranteed places on the Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors at Manchester Metropolitan University. Students with a university degree of second class or above are also eligible to apply for places on the Bar Professional Training Course for intending barristers in England & Wales offered at Manchester Metropolitan University and other universities in England and Wales.

Students wishing to practise as lawyers in either Hong Kong or England & Wales should note that many large firms recruit very early, and you may wish contact them directly soon after you join the GDEHKL. Students are expected to take responsibility for their career planning and, while we will try to offer general guidance, HKU SPACE does not provide a full careers service.

Students who successfully complete the GDEHKL can also proceed directly to several Masters courses, providing they have a university degree of second class or above. These include a wide range of LL.M. programmes offered by the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and the part-time University of London external programme.

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

Entry to the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law is highly competitive. Every year we receive far more applications than the number of available places this year, and have to turn many unsuccessful applicants away. Early applicants are given priority so, to maximise your chances of success, you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible.*

Successful candidates are chosen largely on the basis of their academic results and you should normally hold, or expect to be awarded in the same academic year, a degree, acceptable degree equivalent or HKU SPACE's   Diploma in Legal Studies.

Applications must be accompanied by supporting documents, and there is a non-refundable $200 application fee. To apply, fill in Application Form (AF01) and take it together with both the original and a photocopy of your full degree transcript and certificate to any HKU SPACE learning centre offering enrollment services. Alternatively you may submit certified true copies of these documents, either through the learning centre or by post, together with a cheque for $200 made out to “HKU SPACE”, to the College of Humanities and Law, HKU SPACE, 34/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong. Students on HKU SPACE's Diploma in Legal Studies do not need to submit documentary evidence of their studies on this course but should still submit their full degree transcript and certificate if they have one.

Students without a university degree should normally complete HKU SPACE's Diploma in Legal Studies before applying for the Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law. However, in a small number of exceptional cases, mature applicants aged 25 or above may be considered for admission, even if they do not hold a university degree and have not completed HKU SPACE's  Diploma in Legal Studies. If you want to be considered for admission under this exceptional category, you will need to show considerable experience in your business or professional career, a good standard of general education, good knowledge of written and spoken English. and fill in the separate Application Form (AF02) for Other Mature Applicants

* Please note that, while early applicants are given priority, this does not guarantee that they will be accepted.

Payment Method

If your application is successful, you may have various choices as to how to pay the HK$43,700 Year 1 course fee:

🔺 pay in 10-month interest-fee instalment period if you hold, and use, a HKU SPACE Mastercard; or
🔺 pay in two installments of HK$21,000 (payable on acceptance) and HK$22,700 (payable on 1 August 2019) if you receive an offer from us on or before 3 June 2019; or
🔺 pay as one lump sum (HK$43,700) on acceptance.

1. Cash or EPS

Application and course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or Bank Draft

Application and 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 application form, together with the $200 non-refundable application fee in the form of a cheque, and both the original and photocopies of any supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
  • or mail the application form together with the $200 non-refundable application fee in the form of a cheque and certified true copies of any supporting 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 application and course fees by VISA or MasterCard, including "HKU SPACE MasterCard", at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. 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.

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