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Diploma in Legal Studies

Course Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
Sep 2018
9 months

If you will soon finish (or have already finished) the Certificate in Legal Studies, you should continue on to the Diploma in Legal Studies, which opens up a wide variety of professional and academic opportunities in the legal field.

What Doors Can a Diploma in Legal Studies Open for Me?

  • 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 other popular law courses;
  • Go straight to Year 2 on UK law course.

*For more details on these professional and academic opportunities, please see the sections on Progression Paths and Professional Recognition below.

Diploma in Legal Studies - Professional Stream (Main Intake)

Application Code

To be confirmed

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You can enroll online using the above link. If you have any questions, or experience any difficulty enrolling, please email our staff for assistance at or call us on 2520 4665.

Please click here to see a provisional timetable (to be confirmed) for classes on the Diploma in Legal Studies.


  • Normally 9 months (with option to extend)

Students, who have already studied 5 introductory subjects on the Certificate in Legal Studies, study a further five introductory subjects on the Diploma in Legal Studies which introduce them to areas of law that are important in most jobs and everyday life:

  1. Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

  2. Land Law and Conveyancing

  3. Family Law and Matrimonial Practice

  4. Law of Succession and Probate Practice

  5. China Law (Introduction to Mainland Legal System)

Course Materials

The Diploma in Legal Studies offers some of the best introductory textbooks on Hong Kong law. 

Click here to download a free sample of one of the comprehensive course textbooks

All students receive free printed copies, and can also download soft copies to read on their electronic devices.

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

All students should be studying, or have studied, on the Certificate in Legal Studies with HKU SPACE. However you can apply to enroll even if you have not yet finished your exams on the Certificate in Legal Studies.

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. 

Course Fee
  • HK$31800 per year (Professional Stream)
  • HK$21500 (General Stream)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100

CEF SectorBusiness Services

CEF Courses
Introduction to Mainland Legal System
COURSE CODE 21C00038-8 FEES $4,700 (General), $6,800 (Professional) ENQUIRY 2559-9771

Continuing Education Fund

The Diploma in Legal Studies module on “Introduction to the Mainland Legal System” is included in the list of Reimbursable Courses under the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Continuing Education Fund. This means students may be eligible to claim reimbursement of part of their course fees for the Diploma in Legal Studies if they have not previously claimed reimbursement from this fund for course fees on the Certificate in Legal Studies or any other eligible course.

To check your eligibility for course fee reimbursement, please click here to visit the Web site for the Continuing Education Fund or call 3142 2277.

You will need to enroll on the course first and should then apply directly to the Fund (not HKU SPACE) before your first class.


Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme (selected modules only)
Some modules of this programme have been included in the list of CEF reimbursable programmes. Application for CEF has to be made before commencement of the modules.

All students who complete 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 must 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, but offers free membership to students while they study on this course. (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.

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Enrolment Method

Students currently studying on the the Certificate in Legal Studies can use this online enrollment link to continue their studies on the Diploma in Legal Studies:

Diploma in Legal Studies - Professional Stream (Main Intake)

Application Code

To be confirmed


Payment Method

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. 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.

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