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
• have passed the common professional examination 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.