Admission Criteria

Eligibility for Admission

Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and:

• hold an LLB or JD degree from City University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong or Chinese University of Hong Kong; or
• hold an LLB or JD degree of equivalent level from a recognized overseas institution in a common law jurisdiction; or
• hold a graduate diploma in law or equivalent from a recognized institution in a common law jurisdiction.

Applicants must also supply evidence that:

• they are competent in eleven core subjects (or subjects recognised as their equivalent): Contract, Tort, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Business Associations and Commercial Law;
• they are competent in three 'Top-up' subjects: Hong Kong Constitutional Law, Hong Kong Legal System and Hong Kong Land Law (see Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board for details); AND
• they have obtained an overall score of 7 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from a test taken no more than 3 years before the closing date of application. This is a requirement of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training in Hong Kong. No exemption will be permitted.


Satisfying these requirements before you start the PCLL

If you wish, you can demonstrate competence in the core subjects, top-up subjects, and the IELTS (academic) before you complete your LLB or JD.  You may apply to join the PCLL even if you have not yet passed those subjects (or received an exemption from the Conversion Examination Board) and the IELTS (academic) test.  However, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you passing and/or receiving the exemption before the prescribed deadline.


The CityU PCLL admission guidelines

We apply the following guidelines:

1. Admission to the PCLL is based solely on merit.
2. The most important indicator of merit is past academic performance.
3. Applicants’ law degrees are assessed by reference to (a) classification, grades, marks (mainly those in law subjects) and (b) the standing of the law school of the university issuing the degree.
4. Applicants must have a minimum of a good 2:2 (or equivalent) in their law degree.
5. Applicants may be required to attend an interview in order to assess their suitability for admission to the PCLL.


The Conversion Examinations

The examinations in the core subjects and the top-up subjects are administered by the Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board.  For more information, contact the Board at –

34/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3761 1123

The Board’s website includes the statement from the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training in regard to its entry requirements for the PCLL.



Applications, Fees & Deadlines


Applications are made online on the School of Graduate Studies website.

You MUST read the “Remarks” section on the Supplementary Form and FAQs BEFORE submission of your application.

The deadline for PCLL application is on 30 April. LATE application will not be accepted. You are recommended to submit your application in good time and not to wait until the last minute.

If CityU is your 1st choice institution, you are also required to send us by post ALL supporting documents* (such as interim/final transcripts, IELTS Test Report Form, PCLL Conversion Examination result/exemption letters) that you uploaded onto the admissions on-line system to the following address.

Attn: PCLL Admissions Committee
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

* Please do not send us originals of documents as we will not be able to return these to you or share them with other programmes.

If applicants do not have the transcript of their final year LLB or JD or other equivalent results and their IELTS (academic) result or the Conversion Exam results at the time of application, they should upload online and send their results by post once these are available.

PCLL applications are processed on a rolling basis, strong applicants may be given offers prior to the application deadline, early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.

Applicants requiring student visa should note that visa applications take weeks or even longer to process. In order to speed up the admission process, non-local applicants are advised to send us all of their information and supporting documents as early as possible.

Please visit this link for more information about Student Visa/Entry Permit.



The School offers both UGC-funded and self-financing PCLL places. The UGC-funded places are limited in number and are awarded on the basis of merit subject to relevant or applicable regulations.

Postgraduate Certificate in Laws
(for students admitted in 2018/19)


Full-time Mode, Self-financing 

Academic Year

Tuition Fee


HK$4,880 per credit

The tuition fee indicated in the above schedule will apply until the end of your study in this programme.


Full-time Mode, Government-funded
Local Students

Academic Year

Tuition Fee


HK$42,100 per annum

The tuition fee is subject to annual review. If there are changes to the tuition fee set by the HKSAR Government for 2018/19 or subsequent years, the tuition fee may be adjusted.

Non-local Students
The tuition fee may increase if there are changes to the tuition fee set by the HKSAR Government.

Academic Year

Tuition Fee


HK$120,000 per annum

If there are no changes to the government-set tuition fee, the fee for the last academic year indicated above will apply until the end of your study in this programme.



The application period for the PCLL programme normally starts from mid-November and ends on 30 April of the following year.