Admission Criteria

 

Holders of a law degree from one of the three Hong Kong law schools:

  1. To be eligible for admission to the PCLL you need to have a law degree (LLB or JD) from University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong or Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  2. The English language requirement

    You must have obtained an overall score of 7 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS-academic) from a test taken no more than three years before the closing date of application.

    See English Language Requirement for more information and to apply to take the test.

Holders of a common law degree from a recognised overseas institution:

To be eligible for admission to the PCLL you need to have –

  1. completed the academic requirements;
  2. passed the examinations in the “top-up” subjects; and
  3. satisfied the English language requirement.

These are the requirements of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training in Hong Kong.

1. The academic requirements

You must supply evidence to the Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board that you are competent in the 11 core subjects – Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Contract, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Equity, Evidence, Land Law and Tort.
If the Conversion Examination Board decides that you are not competent in any of those subjects, you can either –

  • undertake the subject(s) as a visiting internal student at the CityU law school or one of the other law schools, or
  • undertake the relevant examinations in the Hong Kong Conversion Examination for PCLL Admission.

2. The top-up subjects

Even if you have studied Constitutional Law, Legal System and Land Law in your overseas law degree, you have to demonstrate competence in Hong Kong Constitutional Law, Hong Kong Legal System and Hong Kong Land Law.  You can do that by –

  • undertaking the subjects as a visiting internal student at the CityU law school or one of the other law schools, or
  • undertaking the relevant examinations in the Hong Kong Conversion Examination for PCLL Admission.

See here for more information about being a Visiting Internal Student or the Conversion Examinations.

3. The English language requirement

You must have obtained an overall score of 7 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS-academic) from a test taken no more than three years before the closing date of application.

See English Language Requirement for more information and to apply to take the test.

 

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 deadline mentioned in the application.

 

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 concentrate at 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.