CUHK LAW was established in 2004 as a School of Law and was advanced to Faculty status in 2008.
In 2018 CUHK LAW was ranked by Times Higher Education as the most international law school worldwide.
CUHK LAW is renowned for the quality and practical nature of its teaching.
CUHK LAW’s PCLL Programme
The Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) is the qualification that is required for law graduates to go on and begin their professional legal careers in Hong Kong, as either pupil barristers or trainee solicitors.
The CUHK LAW PCLL Programme started in 2008. Since then 1700 students have graduated with the PCLL qualification.
We treat all applicants (incl. CUHK graduates) equally. We actively encourage applications from graduates from other universities in Hong Kong and overseas.
The CUHK LAW PCLL focuses on training graduates to acquire the skills that will be reached in legal practice. You will be taught by an experienced team of mainly full-time former practitioners.
The Programme is full-time and is one year in duration. It is taught in two stages.
In the first stage you will study core practice areas. In the second stage you will choose from a wide range of electives that are designed to reflect the range of work carried out by barristers and solicitors in practice.
The compulsory core courses are studied in Term 1. They are:
LAWS5001 Professional Practice
LAWS5002 Commercial Practice
LAWS5003 Property and Probate Practice
LAWS5004 Civil Litigation Practice
LAWS5005 Criminal Litigation Practice
In the second stage, students study five of the following thirteen elective courses:
LAWS5011 Writing and Drafting Litigation Documents*
LAWS5013 Lending and Finance
LAWS5014 Corporate Finance
LAWS5016 Writing and Drafting Litigation Documents (in Chinese)
LAWS5017 China Practice
LAWS5018 Writing and Drafting Commercial Documents (in Chinese
LAWS5019 Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAWS5021 Writing and Drafting Commercial Documents
LAWS5022 Conference Skills and Opinion Writing*
LAWS5023 Personal Injuries Practice*
LAWS5024 Family Law Practice
LAWS5025 Legal Practice and Technology
LAWS5020 Trial Advocacy*
Students intending to join the Bar are required to take LAWS5020 and two out of the three Bar Electives (LAWS5011, 5022, and 5023).
The first twelve electives are taught over Term 2. Trial Advocacy is an intensive course taught over two weeks in Term 3.
Students take part in large and small group sessions. All classes involve student participation. You will get regular feedback on your work.
Assessments are on a continuing basis throughout each Term. They include exercises on writing, drafting documents, problem solving, client interviewing and oral advocacy.
The CUHK LAW PCLL Programme is taught at the Graduate Law Centre in the heart of Hong Kong's Central business district and close to the law courts, barristers' chambers and offices of leading firms of solicitors.
Students also have full access to the sports and other facilities at the University's main campus at Shatin.
The application process for enrolling in a programme at CUHK LAW is detailed at: https://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/app/study-with-us/student-admission/