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The OLQE is a LAW examination, and not merely a practice exam. In order to pass the OLQE, you must absorb large amounts of legal knowledge, use key legal skills to apply the law to answer typical examination questions, and give reasons for conclusions, citing cases, statutory provisions and relevant practical advice.

To accomplish this, you must become thoroughly familiar with areas of law which are almost completely new to you, such as Hong Kong Conveyancing, or which have peculiarities not encountered in your home jurisdiction.

All of this takes time. Finding the time to study is the major challenge for busy lawyers, especially given heavy and unpredictable workloads, and client demands.

In order to help you to balance workloads and the time needed for study, we divide study time into 3 study periods (‘phases’).

  1. Phase 1 – Knowledge acquisition

Phase 1, which you should commence as soon as possible, is the first stage of familiarization. During this period, candidates should carefully read the course notes prepared by me specifically for the OLQE. These notes set out core principles and case summaries, using a structure that you may follow in writing examination answers.

I have also prepared a series of audio recordings for those who like to listen to a lecturer while studying. Note, however, that the written notes are the primary source materials.

You should complete Phase 1 no later than Sunday 2 July 2017, so as to give yourself ample time for detailed application of the law to typical examination questions.

  1. Phase 2 – Application

In order to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant subject matter, you must apply substantive and procedural law, and give relevant practical advice, to deal effectively with problems raised by carefully crafted factual situations. Application is therefore the key skill in law examinations. But, like all skills, it needs to be learned and practised. This is what we focus on in Phase 2, and review in the revision sessions (‘Phase 3′).

In Phase 2, you learn how to answer typical examination questions, have the opportunity to review your knowledge, and reflect upon what you need to do to improve performance.

We work on a wide range of problem questions on key Topics in the syllabus.

You will receive a selection of suggested solutions to past examination questions, to show you how to set out answers to examination questions.

To get the best out of Phase 2, you should have read the course notes BEFORE Phase 2 commences.

Phase 2 should begin no later than Monday 3 July 2017, and be completed no later than Friday 6 October 2017.

  1. Phase 3 – Revision

Phase 3 enables you to assess the extent to which you have comprehended relevant subject matter and acquired the necessary examination skills.

Revision should commence no later than Saturday 7 October 2017 (although we actually revise throughout the course). There is a specially drafted ‘take home’ Mock Examination. You are strongly advised to sit the Mock. If you do, you will get individual feedback. However, all candidates will receive full answers to the Mock questions, whether or not they attempt the Mock.

Obviously you will need to complete Phase 3 no later than the day before the relevant examination (in 2016, the first examination was on Tuesday 1 November – assume this year it will be on Tuesday 31 October, unless advised to the contrary).