Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Why Choose The University of Law (ULaw)?

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 70,000 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

Flexible Study Options

  • Both part-time and full-times options are available
  • Part-time: 1 weekday night + Sunday afternoon
  • Full-time: 2 full days / 4 half days a week

Promising Career

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

Application Information

Commencement Date:

Mid-January 2020

Deadline for New Application:

27 December 2019
Brochure Timetable Expression of Interest

About 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 progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) 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 MA Law is an alternative to the GDL which is a Master's Level qualification.


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
Pre-course Study + 7 Foundation Modules + Research Project
Intake: September and January
9 months or 21 months


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 installments)

Application fee for full-time students on LawCabs: UK£20 (Approximately HK$200, 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.

Routes to become Lawyers


"I found the course structure and teaching at ULaw immensely pragmatic which sets you up as a very competent lawyer."

Ms. Jessie Leung
Online LPC graduate
Solicitor (England and Wales)


Ms Fion Sze
Tel: 2774 8504
Fax: 2365 1000

For enrolment and general enquiries, you may also contact the Student Service Department on 2774 8500.

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.

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