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Please take note that the following major amendments to the Overseas Lawyers Qualification for Admission Rules are being proposed. They will not, however, affect the OLQE 2007 examination. The implementation date will depend on the progress of the legislative amendment procedure.

  1. there will be an addition written head on Hong Kong Basic Law;
  2. the pre-requisite requirement of 5 years of experience in the practice of law enabling an applicant to become eligible to apply for exemption from sitting a written Head will count the following;
    1. experience gained during a period of service as a trainee solicitor, articled clerk or pupil or a practical legal training coursein lieu thereof, that is required to be completed for the purpose of admission in the person's jurisdiction of admission;
    2. experience gained in providing legal services to the public in the capacity as a lawyer practicing the law of common law jurisdiction V this provision is intended to cover lawyers in private practice;
    3. experience gained in providing legal services otherwise than to the public the nature of which is regarded by the Law Society as being similar to those in those in sub-prargraph (ii) above V this provision is intended to cover lawyers practicing in-house and yet the nature of work is regarded by the Law Society as similar to that in private practice.
  3. the exemption from sitting Head II (Civil and Criminal Procedure) available to applicants from common law jurisdictions with not less than 5 years of experience in the practice of law will be abolished;
  4. Head II (Civil and Criminal procedure) will be subject to discretionary exemption whereby the applicant must demonstrate that he has at least 5 years of experience in the practice of law and has experience, knowledge and/or training that is relevant to Head II;

For those who plan to take the OLQE examination and fulfill the existing requirement, you should make every effort to take the examination this year as you can see there will be an additional written Head on Hong Kong Basic Law and Head II (Civil and Criminal Procedure) may not be exempted in the near future.


OLQE 2007
Our Speakers
Honourary Consultants
  • The Honourable Mr Justice Nguyen
  • His Honour Judge Li
  • His Honour Judge Chow
  • His Honour Judge Carlson
  • Mr. Ian Thomas
  • Mr. Raymond Wong
  • William Kui Po LAM

OLQE Calendar
Examination Dates
Head I
30 October 2007 (Tue)
Head II
2 November 2007 (Fri)
Head III
6 November 2007 (Tue)
Head IV
9 November 2007 (Fri)
Head V
14 December 2007 (Fri)

Important Dates
Closing date for lodging application to sit the 2007 OLQE Examinations
13 Jul 2007 (Fri)
Closing date for registration to sit the 2007 OLQE Examinations
24 Aug 2007 (Fri)
The Examination will test candidates on the relevant law up to
31 Aug 2007 (Fri)
Issue of candidate slips
17-21 Sep 2007
Last date to advise of disability
29 Sep 2007 (Sat)
Last day to withdraw from Examiantion to be eligible for part refund of registration fee
16 Oct 2007 (Tue)
Provisional date for release of the results
31 Jan 2008 (Thu)

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