Approved Distance Learning Courses

 
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(Reference: Guideline 8)

The CPD Accreditation Sub-Committee has approved certain distance learning courses for the purposes of compliance with CPD requirements under the CPD Scheme.

Practitioners undertaking the approved distance learning courses in items 1 to 32 on pages 33 to 36 may claim:
(i) 5 CPD points for every subject passed in the examination and up to 15 CPD points of the annual CPD requirement for the CPD practice year in which the examination result is released; OR
(ii) up to 15 CPD points of the annual CPD requirement for the production of a dissertation for the CPD practice year in which the dissertation is submitted to the university (pursuant to Guideline 12.1 on page 14); OR
(iii) up to 15 CPD points of the annual CPD requirement in each CPD practice year for attending lectures / tutorials for the CPD practice year in which the lectures / tutorials are undertaken, provided that in each CPD practice year the practitioner:

 

  • complies with the course attendance requirement;
  • attends lectures and / or tutorials totalling in duration not less than the number of hours of CPD point(s) being claimed; and
  • provides evidence of such attendance as and if required by the Society.
Evidence of attendance includes a certificate of attendance issued by the relevant university or a confirmation letter issued by the Department Head of the relevant university confirming the number of hour(s) of the practitioner's attendance at the course.

On the basis that there shall be no double counting of CPD point(s), practitioners will only be allowed to claim CPD point(s) under (i) or (ii) or (iii) above in respect of an approved distance learning course.

Applications for accreditation of distance learning courses should be addressed and forwarded to the Assistant Director, Professional Development together with the supporting materials. The supporting materials should include the following:

  1. Course title
  2. Duration (detailed schedule)
  3. Course structure
  4. Entry requirements
  5. Means of Assessment
  6. Award
  7. Course brochure (if any)

Additional information may be requested by the Society.

The distance learning courses which have been approved are:

COURSES ORGANISED BY UNIVERSITIES

  1. Australian National University
    • A compulsory subject "Legal Practice Experience" of a programme entitled "Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP)"

    • Master of Laws (Legal Practice)

  2. Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
    • Taxation Law, one of the units in the Bachelor of Commerce (Commercial Law)

  3. College of Law, Australia
    • Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice

    • Modules in the Professional Legal Training Programmes

      • Professional Responsibility

      • Trust and Office Accounting

  4. Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London
    • LLM in International Corporate and Commercial Law;

    • Postgraduate Diploma in International Corporate and Commercial Law; and

    • Postgraduate Certificate in International Corporate and Commercial Law

  5. Hong Kong Cyber U / The Hong Kong Polytechnic University / University of International Business and Economics, China
    • Professional Certificate in China Commercial Law (中國商業法律專業證書課程)

  6. London Metropolitan University & Lloyd's Maritime Academy
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law

  1. Manchester Business School & International Compliance Association
    • International Diploma in Compliance

  2. Massey University, New Zealand
    • Law of Business Organisation, one of the compulsory papers in the Bachelor of Accountancy

  3. Michigan State University (Institute for Food Laws & Regulations and the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources)
    • The International Food Law Certificate Program

  1. Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
    • Law of Business Organisation, one of the units in the Bachelor of Business

  2. The City Law School, City University London
    • LL.M. in International Business Law

  3. The Deakin University
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    • Master of Business Administration with CPA Australia Programme (CPA MBA)

  4. The Nottingham Law School
    • LL.M. in Intellectual Property Litigation

  5. The Open University of Hong Kong
    • Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (Business Applications)

    • 中國商法法律(商業應用)碩士課程

    • Master of Laws in PRC Law

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Commercial Law (PRC Law)

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Studies (PRC Law)

  6. The University of Cambridge (The Institute of Continuing Education)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Notarial Practice

  7. The University of Law, UK
    • Master of Science degree – Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance

  8. University of Dundee, UK
    • LL.M. in Mineral Law & Policy

  9. University of New England
    • Administrative Law (a Module of LL.B. Degree Programme)

  10. University of Exeter (Law School)
    • MPhil/ PhD in Legal Practice

  11. The University of Leicester

    • LL.M. in Law & Employment Relations

  12. The University of London
    • LL.M. (External Programme)

    • Preparatory courses for the University of London External LL.M. provided by SPACE, the University of Hong Kong

  13. The University of London (Queen Mary)
    • LL.M. and Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Communications Law (by Distance Learning)

  14. The University of London (the Centre of European Law, School of Law, King's College London) & Informa Professional Academy
    • Master in EU Competition Law

    • Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law

  15. The University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom
    • LL.M. in Advanced Commercial Property Law

    • LL.M. in Advanced Legal Practice

    • LL.M. in Claims and Risk Management in Health Care

    • LL.M. in Commercial Law

    • LL.M. in European Union Law

    • LL.M. in International Commercial Law

    • LL.M. in International Trade Law

    • LL.M. in Medical Law

  16. The University of Reading (The College of Estate Management), United Kingdom
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration

  17. The University of Strathclyde, Scotland
    • LL.M. in IT and Telecommunications Law

  18. The University of the South Pacific, Emalus Campus (The School of Law)
    • Master of Laws

  19. The University of Wolverhampton
    • LL.M. (External Programme)

  20. The University of Wolverhampton / School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) of City University of Hong Kong
    • Master of Laws

COURSES ORGANIZED BY PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  1. The Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst Association, USA
    • The Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) Programme

    • Level II Examination of the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) Programme

  2. International Bar Association and The College of Law of England and Wales
    • International Practice Diploma

  3. The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, The International Trust Companies Association and Central Law Training
    • STEP Certificate in International Trust Management

    • STEP Diploma in International Trust Management

PREPARATORY COURSES FOR THE MAINLAND STATE JUDICIAL EXAMINATION (國家司法考試)

  1. Approved Preparatory Courses:

  1. SPACE, The University of Hong Kong / Tsinghua University
    • Preparatory courses for Mainland State Judicial Examination (國家司法考試)
      (subsequently known as "Training Course for Practising Law in China")

  1. City University of Hong Kong
    • Advanced Training Programme for the Chinese National Judicial Examination (國家司法考試)

    Up to 15 points of the annual CPD requirement may be counted in each CPD practice year during which the Approved Preparatory Courses for the Mainland State Judicial Examination are undertaken provided that the practitioner:

    • complies with the course attendance requirement;
    • attends lectures and / or tutorials totalling in duration not less than the number of hours of CPD point(s) being claimed; and
    • provides evidence of such attendance as and if required by the Society.
  1. Practitioners undertaking the Mainland State Judicial Examination may claim 15 CPD points for passing the examination for the CPD practice year in which the examination result is released.

There shall be no double counting of CPD point(s). Practitioners will only be allowed to claim under either (I) or (II) above in respect of the same Examination.

This list of approved courses will be reviewed from time to time and any courses may be removed from the approved list following such review. Members will be advised by Circular of any such decision.

 

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