Admission to the PCLL is based solely on merit. The most important indicator of merit is past academic performance. Your law degree is assessed by reference to your (a) grades, marks (in law subjects), classification; and (b) the standing of the law school of the university issuing the degree. You should have a minimum of a high 2:2, or equivalent, in your law degree.
Yes, we may give conditional offers to applicants before their final exam / IELTS (academic) / conversion exam results are released. Any such offer will be conditional upon the applicant fulfilling all the conditions prior to the deadline provided.
It is usually around early August, but the exact date varies from year to year. Applicants may refer to the application document (i.e. the online Supplementary Form for PCLL).
If you are unsure whether or not the subjects you have studied in your undergraduate law degree meet the exemption requirements, you may apply for “Evaluation of Law Qualifications” from the Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board
Occasionally students may be required to attend an interview for us to assess their suitability for admission to the PCLL. The selected students will be notified of the time and place of the interview directly.
You do not need to apply for a UGC-funded place. Subject to applicable regulations, we will make our own analysis based on students’ academic credentials and will then offer UGC-funded places as appropriate. The students will be informed directly whether they have obtained a UGC-funded place or a self-financing place.
Applicants who have earned their law degrees at CityU are not given any advantage, nor do they face a disadvantage in the admission process. CityU graduates are considered exactly the same as graduates of any other school.
If you wish to apply to more than one PCLL programme, you must submit a separate application to each of them.
Your application will be disqualified by all PCLL providers. Each applicant is allowed to choose only one PCLL provider to be their “first preference”. After the admission application deadline, the three PCLL providers will exchange the lists of applicants who have chosen them as first preference to disqualify those who have chosen more than one PCLL provider as their first preference.
No, it is not possible to defer an offer of the PCLL programme to the subsequent year. The applicant would be required to make a fresh application in the subsequent year.
In relation to the PCLL admissions, we look at an application in its entirety. We will take into consideration all relevant factors, although the primary criterion for admission will be the results obtained by applicants in their JD, LLB, GDL or related qualifications. We do not comment on the chances of success of a specific application.
An excellent performance in an LLM programme may overcome modest weaknesses in one’s academic record, but will not usually overcome an academic record which is otherwise uncompetitive.
Under the Special Track Programme, our school offers up to around 20 places for applicants who have previously applied but were unsuccessful gaining entry into our PCLL programme. Eligible applicants must demonstrate that they have acquired at least 2 years in total of solid law-related working experience (e.g. working as a paralegal, law clerk, court clerk and legal assistant) and this does not include internships or mini-pupillages. Shortlisted applicants are required to attend an interview.
The 2 years is calculated up to the time of enrolment on to our PCLL programme which is usually around the end of August or the beginning of September.
Yes. We look at an application in its entirety.
We will not consider/process such an application until you inform us in writing that your application has been rejected by your 1st choice institution. We will first process all the 1st choice applications and then review the 2nd and 3rd choice applications only if there are remaining places.
You may but it is not compulsory.
Yes, you must answer ALL the questions on the online application form. Leaving any question unanswered may disqualify or delay your application.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We may give out the first round of offers as early as March, so students are encouraged to apply early.
Students offered government-funded places for the PCLL programme are eligible to apply for student residence. Otherwise, all taught postgraduate students should seek off-campus accommodation as early as possible before arrival at Hong Kong. Details about off-campus accommodation are available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_off-campus.htm