Conversion Examinations

Written by Cliff on Friday 17 September 2010 at 10:40 pm

Conversion examination official website (the useful links are not useful)

Many people have questions about the taking of conversion exams. I write the following for the benefit of those reading law in the United Kingdom and are considering how to structure their exam taking.

The main principle is to take the conversion exams as soon as possible. Some, e.g. Legal Systems and Constitutional Law, can be taken immediately after the A-Levels and before the student actually goes to the UK. Other subjects should be taken in the first year. Land law is a difficult subject with low passing rates and should therefore be taken immediately after UK land law as there are some parallels to be drawn

For those anticipating a career as a solicitor, a second year summer internship is inevitable. So most subjects should be taken before that, otherwise you either take an internship or you finish your exams, which is not a savoury choice.

Students should actively pursue exemptions, e.g. evidence, criminal, business associations and part of commercial law. As of 2008 and 2009, the evidence conversion examination is easier than most university evidence courses and students might take advantage of that.

HKU SPACE offers courses on taking the conversion exams. Please rely on student feedback on the courses because lecturers vary. Conversion exams are now a major factor in deciding whether to read undergraduate law outside HK. Unless you are reading law in a major league university in the UK, one should consider reading law in one of the more prominent universities in Hong Kong, e.g. HKU.

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  1. shobha says:

    do you have contract law notes

  2. Jack says:

    Hi Cliff,

    Would you give me some advice on HK legal and HK consitution? and can you also send me some notes on evidence?

  3. Didi says:

    Hi Cliff!

    Thanks for the insight, I agree completely!

    I was wondering if you have any notes for Evidence? I will be taking the exam this summer.

    Thank you!!

  4. Emma says:

    Dear Cliff,

    I agree that people should plan carefully as to when to take the conversion exams. I’ve already finished the undergraduate from a university in the UK, currently working while preparing for the pcll conversion exams. I wonder if it is possible to have the Evidence Notes or please let me know how I could obtain a copy. I took evidence previously but failed…

  5. David says:

    I cannot agree more with your insight. I am doing conversion examination and wonder if you would let me have the Evidence Notes or tell me how I can obtain a copy. Thanks

    [responded via email]

  6. matt says:

    Dear Cliff, thanks for this awesome site, I was wondering if you could kindly send me a copy of commercial law conversion notes (parts b and c) and civil procedure notes (new ones with the civil justice reform if possible); or let me know where or how i can get hold of a copy of the new space course notes on civil procedure.
    Thanks for everything,

    [responded, civil law notes on site – just click the link]

  7. carey says:

    hi, this is carey, i am doing LLB in the UK and going to take some conversion exams in june.

    in my 1st year, i took 4 core modules, criminal, contract, legal theory and global legal system

    therefore, i think i only can take the criminal procedure (since i only have this revelant knowledge). also, i am thinking whether i can some other exams, like hk legal system and constitution?

    i can’t find any course for preparing the criminal procedure, so do u have any suggestion for self-study?

    also, for hk legal system, i have missed the deadline for the easter preparation course, but the hk constitution is still available, which cost 5700, is quite pricy. do u think is worth to take or is there anywhere i can buy the notes??

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