What will I learn?

The HKU PCLL programme is a leading professional legal education programme devoted to the training of prospective lawyers in Hong Kong. The programme is mainly aimed at prospective solicitors and barristers in Hong Kong who have completed their Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or equivalent legal studies either in Hong Kong or other common law jurisdictions, or have passed the Common Professional Examinations or equivalent.

The HKU PCLL programme instills and strengthens the core competences in legal skills required of solicitors and barristers practicing in Hong Kong. These skills include legal research and writing, document drafting and analysis, problem-solving and advocacy. Moreover, our students will learn professional ethics and analysis of company accounts.

Our student profile is highly international, with students coming from, for example, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and the People's Republic of China. Most of our students have undertaken their undergraduate legal studies in prestigious law schools from common law jurisdictions around the world. Some of our mature students may be working or have worked in local law firms, in the government and in private sectors. We have a cosmopolitan mix of PCLL students from diverse backgrounds.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$161,000.00 (US$ 20,608) per year
Government-funded: HK $161,000; Self-funded: HK $174,500
Start date

2 September 2019, 20 January 2020


The University of Hong Kong

G14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; shall satisfy any other admission requirements which may be prescribed from time to time for the relevant curriculum. Other English Language Requirements accepted: an overall score of 550 or above (Paper-based test) in TOEFL; or Grade C or above in Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE); or Grade C in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE); or Grade C in Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language (CPE).

For international students

To be eligible for admission to the PCLL programme at the University of Hong Kong, an applicant:

1. shall at least hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent, or pass the CPE examinations or equivalent, from a university or comparable institution. The law degree must be in Common Law, normally from a Hong Kong or Commonwealth institution; and

2. will have to demonstrate competence in the following eleven 'Core' subjects: Contract, Tort, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Business Associations, and Commercial Law; and three 'Top-up' subjects: Hong Kong Constitutional Law, Hong Kong Legal System, and Hong Kong Land Law.

All applicants (including native English speakers), must take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test (the Academic module) and submit the band score obtained no later than the first Friday of August each year. No other English language test (e.g. TOEFL) will be accepted.

The prescribed minimum IELTS overall band score is 7. This is a requirement of the Hong Kong Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training. No exemptions will be granted.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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