Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)


The GDL is a conversion course for law or non-law graduates wishing to become a solicitor or a barrister. Law graduates aiming for a second chance into the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) are also welcome to apply for the course. The course also allows students to undergo the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) or to study Bar Practice Course (BPC) to become solicitors or barristers in 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)

Oct 21
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19:00 - 20:00
First Commercial Building

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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.

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The University of Law

Renowned History

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

Quality Teaching

• 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 71,000 members, many of whom are qualified lawyers in Hong Kong, Malaysia, England and Wales
• Working with 90 of the top 100 UK law firms
• Close links with a wide range of barristers’ chambers

Promising Career

• A number of experts providing one-to-one support for Legal Career and employability service

Flexible Study Options

• Both part-time and full-times options are available
• Part-time: 1 weekend night + weekend morning
• Full-time: 4 half days a week



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
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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Application Period

The upcoming intake will commence in January.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a second class honours (lower division) or above or equivalent.

English Proficiency: An English Language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. Applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree fully in English may be exempted from the English Language proficiency requirement.


HK$ 100,000* (by monthly / termly instalments)

* Students can enjoy 5% (Early Bird Discount) + 10% (Hong Kong Campus Award) for application submitted and offer accepted on or before 1 October 2021 for the upcoming January intake.
After 1 October, students can enjoy 10% (HK Campus Award) for application submitted and offer accepted for the upcoming January intake.

Application fee for full-time students on LawCabs: UK£25 (Approximately HK$250, Non-refundable)
Please note that non-local students can only undertake the full-time courses. Part-time study is not permitted due to Hong Kong Immigration Department regulations.

This programme is an eligible programme under the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme. Information about the eligibility, application, loan limit, interest fee and other details can be found at For further enquiries, please contact ENLS enquiry hotline directly at 2150 6223.


Course Details

Ms Bowie Chan
Phone: 2774 8504
Ms Andrea Shek
Phone: 2774 8563

General Enquiry

Phone: 2774 8500
Fax: 2365 1000

Payment Methods

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