Level up your career with The University of Law

| 30 Sep 2019

If you’re curious about the legal field, classes are now back in session. Here’s a rundown of legal degrees and options offered by The University of Law, the frontrunner in legal training and education.

Thanks to our favourite courtroom dramas, having a career in the legal field has become a common aspiration among many, but getting a foot in the door is a real challenge. Now, the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) is offering a shortcut to your dream job under the partnership with The University of Law.

The University of Law has long-established itself as the specialist providers of legal education and training in the U.K., with campuses dotted across London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and Leeds, as well as GDL and LPC courses being taught in The University of Exeter, The University of Reading and The University of Liverpool.

What makes The University of Law a cut above the rest is its extensive network in the legal industry. Boasting a legal alumni group comprising over 64,000 members, the school is said to have one of the largest alumni groups in the UK. With a significant presence in the regions, The University of Law offers its students insights and networking opportunities not found in other academies.

Tapping into the expected surge in demand for international legal services, and consequently an increased demand for quality legal training in Hong Kong, which has been positioned as the major business platform amid the Belt and Road Initiative, The University of Law is now offering three postgraduate law programmes for those who would like to make it in the field.

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Commonly known as the ‘law conversion course,’ this postgraduate law course is catered to non-law graduates who wish to convert to law after university. Students holding law qualifications can enhance their grades for their PCLL application. This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the seven core subjects required to progress onto the PCLL, LPC or BPTC.

MA Law

Similar to the GDL, MA Law gives students foundational legal experience. What sets it apart from the GDL is that students will be awarded a Master’s qualification upon completion, which places them in an advantageous position over students with just one degree. Students are allowed to research a current topic of their choice.

LLM: Commercial Law/ Conflict Resolution/ Intellectual Property

Specifically designed for non-law graduates who wish to specialise in a particular area of law, namely, Commercial Law, Conflict Resolution or Intellectual Property, this Master of Laws programme enables students to explore the practical application of the law. Their performance is monitored by coursework assessment. 

Each of these postgraduate law courses are designed and taught by practising lawyers with real commercial experience, including practising solicitors, barristers and judges. It places a strong emphasis on building the practical skills that employers are looking for. “To be instructed by legal professionals means students will be learning hands-on skills that employers covet. They can also benefit from those with genuine experience in the industry,” Program Director Aruna Verma explains the objectives of the courses.

“My instructors have given us pragmatic perspectives with real-life case examples, which have enhanced our understanding of key concepts,” Candy Koon, a GDL and LPC alumna corroborates. “The study materials provided were excellent. The study guides and online tutorials are particularly helpful,” she continues.

Now working as an executive director of listed company Easyknit International Holdings Limited, Candy agrees that the programmes will stand students in good stead career-wise, regardless of whether one has chosen law as their preferred academic and career route. “It gives me a critical edge for entering the job market. The content learnt is highly transferable. The courses have sharpened my communication and reasoning skills tremendously,” says Candy.  

The success of the programmes is evident in their high employment rate. Complemented with the school’s one-on-one legal careers and employment service, which was supported by over 30 experts, The University of Law has provided enticing postgraduate employment statistics.

Tempted? The University of Law’s courses offer great flexibility to suit your needs. Interested individuals can choose to study at the Hong Kong campus. You are also welcome to choose between the full-time and part-time options to better fit your study into your busy schedules.

Information Seminars

Date    23 October 2019 (Wed)/ 19 November 2019 (Tue)

Time    7:00 - 8:00 pm

Venue    The Hong Kong Management Association

               1/F, First Commercial Building, 33-35 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Commencement Date:      January 2020 (GDL & MA Law)

                                          March 2020 (LLM)

Website:      www.hkma.org.hk/ulaw

Email:      ulaw@hkma.org.hk

Enquiries:      2774 8504 (Ms Fion Sze) / 2774 8500 (Student Services)

https://www.hkma.org.hk/online/promo/ulaw/special2018promo.htm?utm_source=the-standard.com&utm_medium=OSD&utm_campaign=ulaw-OSD190930

GDL: Reg. No. 252955

MA Law: Reg. No. 252954

LLM: Reg. No. 252956 / 252957 / 252959

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 recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

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