Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (PCLL)
- How do I know whether I meet the admission requirements of the PCLL?
Entry requirements were issued by the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training and apply to all students seeking admission to study the PCLL in Hong Kong from September 2008 onwards. Please read in full the Standing Committee's statement available at http://www.pcea.com.hk. If you have any further queries regarding your eligibility for PCLL admission please contact the Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board directly.
- If my final academic results are not yet available, will I be able to obtain an admission offer?
Yes. The Faculty of Law is able to make conditional offers to applicants who have not yet completed their law qualifications and will do so on the applicants’ academic merit known to the admissions panel as at 30 April 2014.
- If I have not taken some of the conversion exams and/or the IELTS test am I eligible to apply for admission to the PCLL and obtain an admission offer?
Yes. We are able to make conditional offers to applicants whose conversion exam results and/or IELTS test result are still outstanding. Students are recommended to take the IELTS early as there may be a shortage of places available for this test. If you fail to submit documentary proof of your IELTS results on or before 8 August 2014, your application will not be considered further. No further extension on IELTS submission will be allowed.
- If I want to apply to all three PCLL providers do I need to apply to each of them directly?
Yes. You are required to submit a separate application to each of the providers.
- Can I select more than one PCLL provider as my first preference?
No. Although you may apply to more than one PCLL provider, you must select only one PCLL provider as your first preference. At the close of the application period, all three PCLL providers exchange their lists of applicants who have made them their first preference. If you have made more than one PCLL provider your first choice, you will be disqualified by all providers from that year's application process.
- I have obtained a training contract and can provide reference letters from my employers and tutors. Will submitting these assist my application?
No. The basis for admission to the PCLL is academic merit. The most important indicator of academic merit is your law qualification.
- Do I have to submit originals of supporting documents?
Yes. Copies of supporting documents sent by fax or email will be acceptable at first instance. However, should an offer be made to you, you will be required to submit the originals including the transcript of the final award of your law qualification and your original IELTS certificate by the stipulated deadline. The Faculty will not return any supporting documents submitted by applicants. All documents submitted will be destroyed if the application is unsuccessful.
- Are applicants required to attend an interview as part of the application process?
No. Admission is based on your academic merit, which is determined with reference to academic records.
- Do I need to state that I wish to apply for a UGC/Distinguished Scholarship Place when I submit my application?
No. You do not need to make a separate application for the award of a UGC or Distinguished Scholarship Place. Students will be notified of any such awards as soon as possible during the admission process. In many cases this will only be after final results are known in August of the year of admission.
- May I seek advice regarding the likelihood of admission before I submit my application or during the application process?
No. The Faculty of Law will not provide you with advice about your likelihood of admission.
- If I am admitted, will I be able to apply for postgraduate campus accommodation?
Because of keen competition, 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.