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About the PCLL Conversion Exam



A pass in the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (“PCLL”) is a necessary step to admission as a Hong Kong lawyer for people who have not already qualified as a lawyer in an overseas jurisdiction. To be eligible for admission to the PCLL, an applicant must demonstrate competence in 11 Core Law Subjects:

  1. Contract
  2. Tort
  3. Constitutional Law
  4. Criminal Law
  5. Land Law
  6. Equity
  7. Civil Procedure
  8. Criminal Procedure
  9. Evidence
  10. Business Associations
  11. Commercial Law

Subjects 1 to 6 must be, and usually are, completed as part of a Bachelor of Laws degree from universities in common law jurisdictions. Unless an exemption is granted,prospective PCLL candidates who are not graduates of one of the 3 Hong Kong Universities offering law degrees and/or JD degrees must complete the other 5 core subjects and three top-up subjects which comprise the Hong Kong Conversion Examination for PCLL Admission to be eligible for admission to the PCLL (unless they have attended one of the 3 Hong Kong universities as a visiting “internal” student and passed the requisite examination).

The Core subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Commercial Law
  • Evidence

Top Up subjects

  • Hong Kong Constitutional Law
  • Hong Kong Land Law
  • Hong Kong Legal System.

The examination is controlled by the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training, and is administered by the Conversion Examination Board Administration: from where you should download the latest information package.