HD Application Code: HP 83-808
Legal Executives in law firms enjoy professional status and may be given certain limited rights of audience in accordance with the Court’s Practice Direction to represent lay client. To use the title "Legal Executive (LE)", graduates of this programme must meet the new Benchmark standard of The Law Society of Hong Kong (HKLS).
Programme Aims and Features
- This programme aims to equip students with the fundamental legal knowledge and administrative skills to support legal professionals in law offices or related public services, or to carry out administrative duties in the general administration units of business and industrial organisations. The legal knowledge and practical skills learnt from the course can pave their future career pathway in the legal sector and support their pursuit of further studies;
- Specialism courses are taught by experienced practitioners and legal academics;
- In accordance with the HKLS’s Benchmark, students will attend interactive sessions in medium class-sized groups;
- Workshops focused on law-related work and skill-based tasks.
Opportunities for Further Studies
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to different degree programmes offered by local universities (including HKU) through non-JUPAS means. The academic progression pathways will include LLB programmes offered locally and overseas.
- U.K. Institute of Paralegals
The Higher Diploma for Legal Executives (“HDLE”) is recognised by the Institute of Paralegals, the UK professional body for paralegals which sets national competency standards for paralegals and others.
Successful completion of this programme will allow students to be elected to “Associate Paralegal” (A.Inst.Pa.) status; thereafter graduates can obtain “Qualified Paralegal” (Q.Inst.Pa.) status with over 6 years' worth of legal practice experience (LPE). Fellow of the IOP can be obtained by those who have at least 7.5 years' worth of LPE.
- Law Society of Hong Kong
Under the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Benchmarks#, HDLE graduates will be eligible to use the title “Legal Executive”.
#The Law Society of Hong Kong's Benchmarks
Applicants who do not possess the minimum entry requirements, but are aged 21 or above and have 3 years law-related working experience will be considered by the College. These applicants, if admitted, will still need to fulfill the English language proficiency requirements of the Law Society of Hong Kong's Benchmarks before they are eligible to use the professional title “Legal Executive” in law firms. They will be reminded that if they are admitted to the Programme, their eligibility to use the “Legal Executive” title is subject to their achievement of a minimum:
- Level 3 or above in English Language in the HKDSE since 2012; or
- Levle 3 or above in English Language in the HKCEE, or Grade D or above in English Language (Syllabus B) or equivalent in the pre-2007 HKCEE; or
- Overall score of 6 or above in IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
HDLE graduates can apply for Paper F4 exemption from the Association of Chartered Certificate Accountants (ACCA).
- Hong Kong Judiciary
- Practice Direction 14.1 - Rights of Audience Before a Master
- Practice Direction 27 - Civil Proceedings in the District Court
Support by Legal Practitioners
Partner, Hong Kong
Bird & Bird
International Law Firm
“Legal executives are the oil that fires the engine of much of the work of a law firm. Not only will legal executives perform a vital role in a wide range of legal work undertaken by law firms and private businesses, but also the role of legal executive can provide a platform for further development of a professional career in law. It is a significant advantage in a very challenging recruitment market for aspiring legal executives to demonstrate their training and ability by having a dedicated qualification that focuses on the needs and requirements of a successful legal executive in Hong Kong. The Higher Diploma for Legal Executives fulfils this need admirably and is welcome addition to the available options for people wishing to pursue this career path.”
James O’ Connell
“HDLE recognised as an international qualification”
“The Institute of Paralegals warmly welcomes this excellent, practice-orientated HDLE.”
“Although law and procedure tends to be jurisdiction-specific, this HDLE provides students with many skills which are recognised and needed in all jurisdictions.”
Job opportunities can be found in both public and private business sectors, such as solicitor’s firms, barristers’ chambers, law enforcement bodies and government.
Press Interview – Sing Tao Daily