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About Graduate Diploma in Law
The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a uniquely designed and flexible programme tailored specifically to professionals seeking a legal qualification. The content is delivered by subject specialists from Oxford Brookes University via online lectures and by qualified professionals via intensive weekend workshops at HKMA in Hong Kong. Oxford Brookes has successfully delivered this programme for over 25 years and this programme has been widely recognised as offering an excellent high quality teaching.
- Online lectures delivered by experienced academic staff whose teaching is informed by the latest thinking and cutting-edge research
- Face-to-face weekend workshops delivered by experienced professionals
- Qualification recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board
- All School of Law research-active lecturers deliver teaching across the School of Law programmes
- Several School of Law academic staff are also qualified barristers or solicitors
- Close, supportive learning environment with extensive tutor contact time
- Assessment (coursework and examinations) is spread through the year
- Focus on essential legal skills such as problem solving and legal research
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University was founded in the historic university city of Oxford in 1865, as the Oxford School of Art. In 1992 we were granted university status, and became Oxford Brookes University. Today we are one of the UK's leading modern universities, and enjoy an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry.
- No.1 in the UK for teaching and for research, the world's best universities aged 50 years or under (Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking 2018)
- The world's top 150 young institutions
- The only UK university in the QS ranking of top 50 institutions under 50 years old (QS World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50 2018)
- Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s top 50 institutions (Guardian League Tables 2018)
- The world’s first Fairtrade University
School of Law, Oxford Brookes University
The School of Law of the Oxford Brookes University is based in the historic university city of Oxford. Law has been a key part of Brookes for nearly forty years. Our academic staff regularly publish in internationally rated law journals, and are drown upon by policy makers in the UK and internationally. We are a group of experienced and innovative teachers , recognised by conferment of Fellowships and Senior Fellowships by the Higher Education Academy, and by the award of a National Teaching Fellowship within the School.
"The high expectations of staff and the rigorous making processes ensures that successful graduates from this school will have a high level of skills relevant to employment within a number of professional spheres."External examiner, commenting on the Oxford Brookes GDL programmes, 2015
"In my opinion students enrolled on the Law programmes at Oxford Brookes benefit from being in a very strong academic environment. They are taught by a very committed staff group and the assessment strategies employed are robust. The performance of the GDL students has been particularly strong."External examiner 2017
The GDL part-time programme is taught across two years. The different modules will be taught consecutively, enabling an in-depth study of one module at a time. During each teaching block, you will submit formative or summative coursework: this ensures that you receive timely feedback to check on your understanding of the particular subject prior to the main examination. Unlike other GDL programmes, the examination immediately follows the teaching of the subject.
You will cover the foundations of legal knowledge as required by the legal professional bodies:
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
- Contract Law
- Tort Law
- Public Law
- European Union Law
- Land Law
- Equity and Trusts Law
- Criminal Law
- Legal Research Project
- Commercial Law
- Company Law / Business Associations
- Civil and Criminal Procedure
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
About LLB LawIf you successfully complete the CPE/GDL course, you are eligible to continue to the LLB programme and gain an LLB Law degree with one year of additional studies. This programme allows you to complete the remaining non-Hong Kong related law subjects for entry to the PCLL that are not included in the GDL. It will also allow you to further develop your knowledge and understanding of law.
You need to have a degree equivalent to a UK honour degree of a second class lower division standard or above. If you wish to enter the Bar Professional Training Course in England and Wales, you must also have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board and must take the Bar Course Aptitude Test.
A good command of English language, an IELTS score of 7.0, unless your undergraduate degree course has been taught and assessed in English. Additionally, you may be required to demonstrate a standard of written English deemed suitable by the Programme Leader. If you wish to progress to the PCLL (Hong Kong Legal Professional Training Course) following completion of the LLB programme, you need to have an IELTS (English Language) overall score of 7.0 obtained within three years of the application deadline for the PCLL.
Please note that admission to the GDL programme is competitive and offers will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, it is advisable to submit your application early!
The programme fee of the GDL is HK$80,000 which is payable on 4 instalments (i.e. HK$20,000 for each instalment over 2 years). Upon successful admission, students will have to pay a registration fee of HK$2,000.
The programme fee of the LLB is HK$40,000 which is payable on 2 instalments (i.e. HK$20,000 for each instalment over 1 year). Upon successful admission, students will have to pay a registration fee of HK$2,000.
Application fee: HK$250 (Non-refundable)
For course details, please contact Ms Cheryl Cheung on 2774-8544 or Mr Ronnie Chan on 2774-8526.
For enrolment and general enquiries, please contact the Customer Service Department on 2774-8501 or via fax 2774-8503.
Career Progression and Employability
Qualify as a Lawyer in Hong Kong or England & Wales
Both courses allow you to progress to the professional stage of becoming a lawyer. If you successfully complete the GDL, you can continue to the BPTC (for becoming a barrister) or to the LPC (for becoming a solicitor) should you wish to qualify in England and Wales. If you want to qualify as a lawyer in Hong Kong, you will need to successfully complete the GDL and the one year LLB and apply to the PCLL.
Admission to the PCLL is very competitive, and students will need to check the eligibility requirements for the PCLL at http://www.ple.hku.hk/pcll/eligibility.php. Non-permanent residents of Hong Kong should also check the residency requirements from the Hong Kong Law Society and the Bar Association if they wish to practice as solicitors or barristers in Hong Kong.
It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.