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A.
Overview on Entry Routes to the Solicitors’ Profession
1. Booklet on "Becoming a Solicitor in Hong Kong"
2. Hong Kong Conversion Examination for PCLL Admission

Hong Kong Conversion Examination is administered by the Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board under the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training, a statutory committee constituted under Section 74A of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance.

The Information Package of the Conversion Examination can be downloaded at the website of the Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board at www.pcea.com.hk
B. 
Route to Admission for Trainee Solicitors
1. Flow Chart – Admission by Trainee Solicitors Route
2. The requirements relating to employment under a trainee solicitor contract (the "Contract") are set out in the Trainee Solicitors Rules.
3. Commencement of employment as a Trainee Solicitor

(a) The Complete Information Package for Trainee Solicitors
(b) Form AA with Specimen
Toolkit for completing Form AA
(c) Form A with Specimen
Toolkit for completing Form A
(d) Form B
Toolkit for completing Form B
(e) Form C
Toolkit for completing Form C
(f) Form BB
Toolkit for completing Form BB
(g) Form CC
Toolkit for completing Form CC
(h) Form DD
(i) Form D1
(j) Form EE
(k) Form FF
(l) The Checklist for Trainee Solicitors    / 
4. Admission as a Solicitor by Trainee Solicitors

(a) The Information Package for Admission as a Solicitor: Trainee Solicitors
(b) Circular 19-670 Legal Practitioners (Risk Management Education) Rules CAP.159Z

For enquiries, please contact the Assistant Director, Registration at regist@hklawsoc.org.hk.
C. 
Route to Admission for Overseas Lawyers
1. Flow Chart - Admission by Overseas Lawyers Route
2. What is the difference between a Foreign Lawyer and an Overseas Lawyer?

(a) Foreign Lawyer - Information Package for Registration as a Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong

(b) Overseas Lawyer - An Overseas Lawyer is a person who is entitled to practise law in an overseas jurisdiction and who wishes to be admitted as a Solicitor in Hong Kong.
Information on Admission as a Solicitor in Hong Kong if I am an Overseas Qualified Lawyer

3. Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination Information Package 2021

For enquiries, please contact the Assistant Director, Regulation & Guidance at adrg2@hklawsoc.org.hk

 

2021 OLQE Circulars

Circular 21-54(SD) dated 1 February 2021
Circular 21-350(SD) dated 12 July 2021

 

2021 Information Package

The Entire Package
PART I - OVERSEAS LAWYERS QUALIFICATION EXAMINATION
A. Routes to admission for overseas lawyers
B. List of common law / non-common law jurisdictions
C. Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination Information
D. Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination Procedures
E. Timetable of the deadlines for the 2021 Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination
F. Guidelines for exemption from sitting all or parts of the Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination
G. Form A /
H. Sample Section 3(2) Certificate
I. Sample Statutory Declaration
PART II - ADMISSION
J. Procedure after passing the Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination
K. Forms
PART III - APPENDICES
Appendix I - Overseas Lawyers (Qualification for Admission) Rules
Appendix II - Overseas Lawyers (Qualification for Admission) (Fees) Rules
Appendix III - Admission and Registration Rules
Appendix IV - Practising Certificate (Special Conditions) Rules
Appendix V - Circular 10-66 (SD) dated 25 January 2010
4. Examination Pass Rates (1995-2020)
5. Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination Supplementary Information Package 2021

Guidance Notes on Examination Techniques

HEAD I : CONVEYANCING

• The Entire Package
• General Information
• Standards, Syllabus and Reading List
• Examiners' Comments; 2018
2019
2020
• Past Examination Papers 2018
2019
2020

HEAD II : CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

• The Entire Package
• General Information
• Standards, Syllabus and Materials
• Examiners' Comments 

2018
2019
2020

• Past Examination Papers  2018
2019
2020

HEAD III : COMMERCIAL AND COMPANY LAW

• The Entire Package
• General Information
• Standards, Syllabus and Materials
• Examiners' Comments  2018
2019
2020
• Past Examination Papers  2018
2019
2020

HEAD IV : ACCOUNTS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

• The Entire Package
• General Information
• Standards, Syllabus and Materials
• Examiners' Comments  2018
2019
2020
• Past Examination Papers  2018
2019
2020

HEAD V : PRINCIPLES OF COMMON LAW

• The Entire Package
• General Information
• Standards, Syllabus and Materials and Assessment
• Examiners' Comments  2018
2019
2020
• Past Examination Papers  2018
2019
2020

HEAD VI : HONG KONG CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

• The Entire Package
• General Information
• Standards, Syllabus and Materials
• Examiners' Comments 2018
2019
2020
• Past Examination Papers 2018
2019
2020
6. Past Examination Papers and Examiners' Comments

Past Examination Papers (from 1995 to 2017)

• HEAD I CONVEYANCING

 

• HEAD II CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

 

• HEAD III COMMERCIAL AND COMPANY LAW

 

• HEAD IV ACCOUNTS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

 

• HEAD V PRINCIPLES OF COMMON LAW

 

• HEAD VI HONG KONG CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

 

Examiners' Comments (from 2001 to 2017)

• HEAD I CONVEYANCING

 

• HEAD II CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

 

• HEAD III COMMERCIAL AND COMPANY LAW

 

• HEAD IV ACCOUNTS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

 

HEAD V : PRINCIPLES OF COMMON LAW

 

• HEAD VI HONG KONG CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

 
7. Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination

8. Admission as a Solicitor by Overseas Lawyers after passing the Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination

(a) Procedure
(b) Forms

For enquiries, please contact the Assistant Director, Registration at regist@hklawsoc.org.hk.

D.
Admission as a Solicitor after name removed from roll of Barristers
1. The Information Package for Admission as a Solicitor: Barristers

For enquiries, please contact the Assistant Director, Registration at regist@hklawsoc.org.hk.