Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)
The PCLL programme is a unique and innovative postgraduate certificate that offers skills-focused training that closely reflects the work lawyers undertake. It is designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree and wish to be admitted as a solicitor or barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong.
The Programme has been developed in close consultation with the legal profession to meet its current needs and to equip students with the skills they will need to work as a trainee solicitor or a pupil barrister. [View Video]
|Medium of instruction:||English|
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Applications for 2013-2014 admissions are now invited. You must submit your application on or before 30 April 2013. Late applications will not be considered.
Before submitting an application, please read the following two documents:
To submit an application, please use our on-line application process at the University's Graduate School webpage.
The basis for admission to the PCLL is almost invariably academic merit.
The most important indicator of academic merit is your common law degree, usually a Bachelor of Laws degree or a Juris Doctor degree though we also consider applicants with CPEs or GDLs.
Your law qualification will be assessed by reference to:
Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the PCLL set out in the statement issued by the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training (available at www.pcea.com.hk); and must also hold a valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Certificate (academic module) with an overall score of 7 or above taken on a date which is not earlier than three years preceding the closing date for applications in the academic year in which you are seeking entry to the PCLL.
|Duration:||One year full-time.|
|Campus:||The CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower, Central.|
|Delivery mode:||Students participate in large and small group sessions. All classes are highly participatory and students will receive regular individual feedback on their work. Assessment is continuous and includes exercises on writing, drafting, oral advocacy and file management.|
The Programme is taught in two stages. In the first stage of the Programme you will study core practice areas and develop core skills. In the second stage you will choose from a wide range of electives that are designed to reflect the range of work undertaken by solicitors and barristers in practice.
The first nine electives listed below will be taught over the course of term 2. The last elective, Trial Advocacy, will be taught intensively in the summer term.It is possible that an elective may not be offered if it is selected by too few students. More
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Students may be eligible to apply for admission as a Solicitor or Barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong after completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) and a training contract (2 years) or pupillage (1 year).
|Further study options:||
Postgraduate studies for Master or PhD degrees.
Only UGC-funded students are eligible to apply for accommodation in Postgraduate Halls on the Shatin Campus. Students may wish to note that the teaching site for the PCLL is at the CUHK Graduate Law Centre in Central.