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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes are accepted starting from 15 November 2017.

Postgraduate Certificate in Laws


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Government funded and Non-government-funded places
Programme Code P45
Mode of Programme Full time
Class Schedule Normally day sessions on weekdays and some Saturdays
Indicative Intake Target 210
Minimum No. of Credits Required 36
Normal Duration of Programme 1 year (2 semesters)
Maximum Study Period 1 year
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
30 Apr 2018 (Local & Non-local)
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Director
Ms Stella LEUNG
JD, with honors (University of Texas School of Law), BA (University of Texas in Austin)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7223

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme prepares students to enter the legal profession as trainee solicitors or as pupil barristers. Students will learn from experience and through instruction to fulfil the professional and social responsibilities they will be expected to fulfill as members of the legal profession.

Graduates of the programme will be able to communicate at an advanced level, both verbally and in writing; obtain and act upon clients’ instructions and provide practical solutions for clients’ objectives and problems; organize and manage their work to meet deadlines; research and learn independently; demonstrate strategic and critical thinking in their professional work; and identify professional ethical issues which may arise in practice and deal with them professionally. They will have gained experience in simulated transactions and in the skills necessary to carry out the tasks related to delivery of a range of legal services.


Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and:

• hold an LLB or JD degree or equivalent from City University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong or Chinese University of Hong Kong; or
• hold an LLB or JD degree of equivalent level from a recognized overseas institution in a common law jurisdiction; or
• hold a graduate diploma in law or equivalent from a recognized institution in a common law jurisdiction. 

Applicants must also supply evidence that:
  • they are competent in eleven core subjects (or subjects recognised as their equivalent): Contract, Tort, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Business Associations and Commercial Law;
  • they are competent in three 'Top-up' subjects: Hong Kong Constitutional Law, Hong Kong Legal System and Hong Kong Land Law; AND
  • they have obtained an overall score of 7 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from a test taken no more than 3 years before the closing date of application. This is a requirement of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training in Hong Kong. No exemption will be granted.
#For more detailed information, please visit the School of Law PCLL website at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/PCLL/.


Programme Content

There will be eleven core courses*: Interlocutory Advocacy and Interviewing; Trial Advocacy; Mediation and Negotiation; Litigation Writing and Drafting; Commercial Writing and Drafting; Conveyancing Practice; Wills and Probate Practice; Corporate and Commercial Practice; Civil Litigation Practice; Criminal Litigation Practice; and Professional Conduct and Practice. 
Students must also take electives** worth 6 credits from among the following: Bar Course; Family Law Practice, Foundations in Mainland Related Legal Transactions; International Arbitration Practice; Financial Regulatory Practice; Personal Injuries Practice; and Chinese for Legal Practice. Each elective will carry 2 credits.
Students will receive intensive instruction in a range of legal subjects necessary for legal practice together with instruction and practice in a range of related skills.
Particular attention will be paid to training students in practical legal skills including:
  • Advocacy
  • Drafting documents, pleadings and opinions
  • Interviewing
  • Memoranda and letter writing
  • Negotiating

* Please note that the offering of core courses may be subject to change.

** Please note that the offering of electives is subject to change.  The offering of electives will be at the discretion of the School of Law.


Professional Accreditation

The PCLL is a prerequisite for entry to the legal profession in Hong Kong as a trainee solicitor or pupil barrister.


Bonus Features

Courses are taught through large group lectures, regular weekly small group tutorials and guest lectures. Students meet for tutorials of approximately ten students, depending on the subject.