There are two routes to becoming admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong – the ‘Trainee Solicitor Route’ and the ‘Overseas Qualified Lawyer Route’.
Trainee Solicitor Route
In order to follow this path you must first demonstrate competence in 11 core subjects. These are:
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Land Law
- Civil Procedure
- Criminal Procedure
- Business Associates
- Commercial Law
In addition, if you have not passed the following 3 subjects at a Hong Kong university LLB or JD course, you will need to pass the Hong Kong Conversion Examination for PCLL Admission.
- Hong Kong Constitutional Law
- Hong Kong Legal System
- Hong Kong Land Law
Having passed the Conversion Exam, you are then able to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL).
PCLL is offered by the University of Hong Kong, the City University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
After successful completion of the PCLL; a further two years of employment as a trainee solicitor or twelve months pupillage is required, in order to be eligible for admission to practise as a solicitor or a barrister respectively, in Hong Kong.
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