Postgraduate Diploma (Law Conversion) PgDL

Postgraduate Diploma (Law Conversion) PgDL


Postgraduate Diploma (Law Conversion) PgDL is a law conversion course that teaches you to think like a lawyer and prepare for the realities of life in legal practice. This course replaces Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and provides the foundation for the pathway into practice for non-law graduates who want to progress onto the SQE1 Preparation Course, and the LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) to qualify as a solicitor or the Bar Practice Course (BPC) to qualify as a barrister. On completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply and progress onto the PCLL* in Hong Kong.

*Entry requirements depend on individual PCLL providers, discretion on acceptance are considered by individual universities. Find out more here:


9 months (Full-time)
Up to 20 months (Part-time)

May 09
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19:00 - 20:00
Fairmont House
Fairmont House

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Sep/Oct 2024 intake

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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 90,000 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



Required pre-course study

English Legal System & Constitutional Law (including Retained EU Law) module requires 25 hours of pre-course study, through guided units with all materials provided online.


You will learn the essentials of the key foundation areas of law that align to the Solicitors Regulation Authority specification of Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) for the SQE. In each area, you will develop a practical and functional understanding of the foundations of English & Welsh Law, and core analytical and practical legal skills.

Modules Credits
English Legal System and Constitutional Law (including Retained EU Law) 15
Tort Law 15
Contract Law 15
Criminal Law 15
Administrative Law and Human Rights 15
Land Law 15
Trusts 15
Law of Organisations 15
Skills and Behaviours Non-credit-bearing

This course develops the key intellectual and personal skills required by lawyers, alongside skills required to pass professional examinations for qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

In all modules there is a focus on combining knowledge and understanding of core areas of law with the ability to analyse, evaluate and form critical judgements about the law. Study is centred on practical activities that enable students to learn by doing. Workshops involve students completing further practice based tasks, including an application of Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) to Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs).

Alongside academic modules, students will engage in a Skills and Behaviours module, which allows you to recognise and develop key professional and personal attributes necessary to thrive as a lawyer in a work environment, and to manage your career.

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Application Period

The Programme has 2 intakes each year and commences in January and September.

For full-time PGDL, MA Law (Conversion), MA Law (SQE1), you can apply online through the Central Applications Board (lawcab). Apply now

For admission to part-time postgraduate law programmes, please submit your application to The University of Law directly. Apply now

Applications are considered on a first-come, first served basis.

Entry Requirements

  • Students are required to possess a 2:2 or above from an undergraduate degree in any discipline or equivalent qualifications.
  • English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: An English Language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. Please see ‘Alternative English language qualifications’ section below for alternatives to IELTS.

Please note that non-local students can only undertake full-time courses. Part-time study is not permitted due to Hong Kong Immigration Department regulations.



Hong Kong Campus Award*
A 10% tuition fee reduction will apply to all students studying ULaw undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Hong Kong in 2023-2024.

Hong Kong Early Bird Discount*
A 5% tuition fee reduction will be offered to the eligible students studying ULaw undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2023-2024. To enjoy this offer, applicants need to have accepted the admission offer for ULaw Hong Kong face-to-face courses before the date listed below.
1 December 2023- for courses starting from January 2024 to March 2024

(* Terms and Conditions apply. Please refer to the University website for details.)


Course Details

Dr Sonia Lee
Phone: 2774 8536

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