Professional Diploma Programme in Legal Executive Studies (Cycle 4)
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Commencement Date : October 05, 2012
A programme specially designed and accredited to deliver the benchmark standards for Legal Executives set by The Law Society of Hong Kong
For students looking for sub-degree legal training in Hong Kong Law, then the Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Studies delivered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUSCS) and The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the ideal course.
The Professional Diploma meets the Law Society of Hong Kong's benchmark standards for Legal Executives, which were developed in consultation with CILEx.
Legal Executives are fast emerging as a trusted group of professionals who provide support to lawyers in legal offices and government throughout Hong Kong. As a Legal Executive, you will play an essential role in ensuring that the business of justice is conducted effectively and professionally. It is an exciting and challenging career choice.
The programme is taught by highly qualified instructors who are experts in their respective fields of law and practice. Among them, the instructors have many years' teaching and legal practice experience. So in addition to gaining a valuable qualification recognised by the Law Society of Hong Kong, you will enjoy participating in classes led by experienced specialist instructors.
As well as first class teaching, you receive specially developed materials for the Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Studies programme. The materials supplement the lectures and small group sessions so that you can be confident you have all of the resources you require to succeed.
The venue for the course is conveniently situated in CUSCS's modern teaching accommodation in the Bank of America Tower, in Central.
The Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Studies is jointly awarded by two organisations who bring together expertise in law and legal practice, and continuing education through part-time study.
CILEx is The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a professional body representing 22,000 qualified and trainee Legal Executives which is recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales and the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice as a provider of one of the three core routes to becoming a qualified lawyer in England and Wales.
SCS, as an extension of CUHK, has an unwavering commitment to provide quality continuing and professional education to the community and unleash people's potential. Having been a pioneer and leader in lifelong education in the territory since its inception in 1965, the School provides many learning opportunities for the local community and the region.
The Programme aims to provide an opportunity for students to learn about substantive Hong Kong law and practice, and to gain experience of skill-based tasks necessary for them to make a significant contribution to the workplace organisations they serve, and the wider community.
The specific objectives of the Programme are:
(a) to equip students with a general foundation of knowledge in selected areas of law and practice procedures;
(b) to alert students to the inter-relationship between legal principles and legal practices; and
(c) to equip students with the basic skills to provide support to solicitors in various types of professional legal practice, including court appearances wherever permitted.
This Programme consists of 10 modules with a total of 333 contact hours. Participants will take about 2 years to complete the Programme by part-time study mode.
Module 1 - Hong Kong Legal System and Method (32 hours)
Module 2 - Professional Ethics, Legal Writing and Research (18 hours)
Module 3 - Law of Tort and Civil Practice (60 hours)
Module 4 - Contract Law (30 hours)
Module 5 - Business Law (24 hours)
Module 6 - Criminal Law and Practice (35 hours)
Module 7 - Family Law and Matrimonial Practice (31 hours)
Module 8 - Succession and Probate Practice (26 hours)
Module 9 - Land Law and Conveyancing Practice (47 hours)
Module 10 - PRC Law (30 hours)
The team of instructors includes Hong Kong-based professional experts in the related field, legal academics and experienced practitioners.
Teaching activities will be conducted in English. Learning materials are in English accompanied by Chinese translation of key terms. All assessments are in English.
This Programme will be delivered by face-to-face instruction. Seminars and small group sessions are arranged to facilitate students' learning. Face-to-face teaching activities will be supplemented by access to CILEx's Student Area. Students are required to devote approximately 5-10 hours for self-study each week using CILEx tailor-made manuals.
Classes will be held on Tuesday and Friday evenings and some Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:45 pm at Central Learning Centre (Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong). In addition, small group weekend sessions associated with each module will be held.
In Year 2 of the programme, classes are likely to be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Your performance is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis through class participation, coursework and final examination.
The Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Studies will be jointly awarded by CILEx and CUSCS if you:
(a) have achieved an attendance rate of at least 70%; and
(b) have passed in the assessment of the 10 modules.
With a good pass, the Professional Diploma can also be used as an access to gain entry to the University of London External Programme Law Degree and to the part-time LL.B programmes at De Montfort University, Leicester, England; Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England and Cardiff Law School, Wales.
The Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Studies course might also be studied before progressing to the Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE (MMU/HKSPACE).
Attaining the Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Studies may assist non-JUPAS applicants to LLB programmes of tertiary institutions in Hong Kong provided they are over 25 at the time of application.
A completed enrolment form must be accompanied by the following and sent to:
Professional Diploma Programme in Legal Executive Studies
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Room 308, 3/F, East Ocean Centre
98 Granville Road, Kowloon
1. Copies of educational certificate; and
2. Documents showing years of experience in law-related employment; and
3. An application fee of HK$100 by cross cheque or money order made payable to 'The Chinese University of Hong Kong' or by credit card. (The fee paid is neither refundable nor transferable under any circumstances.)
Insufficient documents submitted may result in delay in processing your application.
Upon acceptance for admission to the Programme, applicants will be notified by letter to pay the tuition fee.
|Admission Requirements||Applicants seeking admission to this Programme should meet the following minimum requirements:
(a) Have obtained passes in 5 subjects in HKCEE including English Language at Grade D (Syllabus B) (or equivalent) or Level 3, or equivalent qualification; OR
(b) Mature students at the age of 21 or above with at least 2 years' working experience.
(i) Interview may be required.
(ii) Graduates of this programme seeking eligibility to use the title of 'Legal Executive' in Hong Kong MUST comply with the following requirements stipulated by The Law Society of Hong Kong in its revised Benchmarks for Legal Executive Courses issued in December 2011:
- have obtained a pass in 5 subjects in HKCEE or a combination of results in 5 HKDSE subjects of Level 2 in NSS subjects, 'Attained' in ApL subjects (subject to a maximum of 2 ApL subjects) and Grade E in Other Language subjects OR have been in law-related employment in Hong Kong for 3 years; AND
- have obtained a minimum grade of D in English language (Syllabus B) (or equivalent) in pre-2007 HKCEE, or a minimum Level 3 in English Language from 2007 HKCEE onwards, or a minimum overall score of 6 in IELTS, or a minimum Level 3 in English Language in HKDSE since 2012.
|Commencement Date||October 05, 2012|
|Application Fee||HK$ 100.00|
|Tuition Fee||HK$ 76,000.00|
|Enquiries||Telephone No.: 3943 4804|
|Fax No.: 2739 3033|