Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)


GDL is a conversion course for law or non-law graduates. Law graduates aiming to undergo a second attempt for the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) are also welcome to apply for the course. Upon completion of the GDL, students are eligible to apply for the PCLL, undergo the SQE or BPC to practice as a solicitor or barrister in Hong Kong, England and Wales.

The structured course is taught by qualified lawyers with lectures and practical workshops, and with online resources and learning tools to develop students’ legal skills.

The University of Law is the course operator and awarding body of the Hong Kong programmes, while The Hong Kong Management Association provides teaching venues and administrative support.


9 months (Full-time)
21 months (Part-time)

Information at a Glance


Commencement Date:

January 2023

Application Deadline:

Best Before 1 December 2022 to secure a seat

Tuition fee:


Medium of Instruction:


Mode of Instruction:


Due to current COVID-19 situation, the mode of instruction might be changed from face-to-face to online teaching if necessary in the event that face-to-face classes cannot be held. The Association will contact the students concerned with details of such arrangements as necessary.

Brochure Expression of Interest

The University of Law

Renowned History

• One of the UK’s longest-established specialist providers of legal education since 1876

Teaching Quality

• Courses are taught by qualified lawyers. Students will also benefit from practical training other than just theoretical teaching
• Access to a number of opportunities to work on cases while studying

Powerful Networking

• UK’s largest legal alumni group with over 80,000 members. The University of Law Hong Kong Alumni Network (HKAN) has a strong alumni database, including qualified lawyers from the Hong Kong, United Kingdom and other Asia Pacific countries
• Working with 90 of the top 100 UK law firms
• Close links with a wide range of barristers’ chambers

Promising Career

• Providing students with the best employability service including professional advice, practical experience and links to the profession to help our students to succeed in their career goals

Flexible Study Options

• Both full-time and part-time options are available



Modules Assessments
Compulsory online pre-course study on Legal Method (50 Hours) 30-minute multiple choice question open book exam
Ethics and Professional Legal Practice Graded essay (2,000 words) on an ethnical dilemma
Public Law Closed-book, three-hour exam (Answer 3 questions from a choice of 6 in each exam, a passing score of 40% on each module is required)
European Union Law
Criminal Law
Contract Law
Land Law
Equity & Trusts Law
Research Project OR Law of Organizations Research Project: 4,500 words legal essay; Law of Organizations: 2,000 words legal report

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Course Details

Dr Sonia Lee
Phone: 2774 8536

General Enquiry

Phone: 2774 8500
Fax: 2365 1000

The information is for guidance only and does not form part of any contract. The University of Law reserves the right to change any of the programmes, entry requirements and tuition fees without notice.

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.