Legal skills essential for all professionals

by Ada Ng

Reputable international institutions combine forces to offer professionals a legal edge
Photo: Johnny Kwok

Legal studies are no longer only for people who intend to practise law as a career. They can also broaden the knowledge bases of professionals such as medical practitioners, teachers, engineers, property agents and human resources managers.

In view of this, School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in collaboration with Advance Tertiary College (ATC) in Malaysia and Intech Training Centre (ITC) in Singapore is offering a new part-time preparatory programme for Diploma in Law (University of London External System) catering for working professionals who aspire to strengthen their legal knowledge.

"Regardless of your profession, you need a certain level of legal knowledge," says Kevin Leong, ATC's head of Hong Kong operations. He notes that most of the students registering for the preparatory programme through ITC in Singapore are working professionals such as engineers who wish to excel in their profession by gaining more understanding of related laws.

Danny Choong, programme director (law programmes) and principal lecturer at SPEED, adds that the programme paves the way towards the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme offered by the University of London External System. He explains, "Graduates may gain direct entry to the second year of the LLB programme and it provides an opportunity for students to obtain an internationally recognised degree from the University of London without having to leave their home country."

SPEED is permitted to offer the preparatory programme in Hong Kong. The partnership with ATC and ITC differentiates the preparatory programme from others that are currently available in Hong Kong. "The collaboration with ATC and ITC gives students international exposure to teachers from Singapore, Malaysia and the UK," Dr Choong remarks.

ATC and ITC have proven track records of producing graduates with excellent academic results. The institutions have produced eight first class honours LLB graduates in the last 10 years. There were also six students winning the University of London Best Student in the World Academic Achievement Awards in 2007 and two of them were registered under SPEED.

In addition to lectures and intensive revision workshops conducted by experts from ATC, ITC and the UK, students participating in the preparatory programme will also be provided with training in legal research and English skills plus mock examinations, Mr Leong says.

"In short, for students who wish to learn basic legal concepts before committing to a full law degree, the preparatory programme for Diploma in Law (University of London External System) is the definite choice," Dr Choong concludes.

Taken from Career Times 26 September 2008, p. A14
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