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.